Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal has emphasized the need to respect Muslims in Iceland as equal citizens after comments by her fellow MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson that the background of all Muslims in Iceland should be checked following the terrorist attacks in Paris...
The Prime Minister’s Office released a statement yesterday in reaction to criticism that no high-ranking official from Iceland attended the peace march in Paris last weekend, acknowledging that in hindsight, a high-ranking official should have been sent to Paris.
MP for the Independence Party Ásmundur Friðriksson has expressed his opinion in the past days that the background of all Muslims in Iceland should be checked following the terrorist attacks in Paris last week. The MP has been harshly criticized for his comments.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson has been harshly criticized for not having attended the unity march in Paris yesterday following the terrorist attacks last week. He was reportedly the only head of state from Western Europe to be absent in the French capital yesterday.
Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir responded on Thursday to the questions of Ombudsman of Alþingi Tryggvi Gunnarsson about her communication with former Reykjavík Chief of Police Stefán Eiríksson during the investigation of her ministry in connection with the leak of a...
Minister of the Interior Ólöf Nordal supports a suggestion that the National Church of Iceland be repaid ISK 660 million (USD 5.1 million, EUR 4.3 million) from the state treasury because of cutbacks it was subject to after the economic collapse in 2008 in addition to those other state...
Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is steady at 36.6 percent, according to the latest Capacent Gallup poll, published yesterday. The government has been suffering a low approval rating in recent months, down from 49 percent at the beginning of 2014.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced on Tuesday that Progressive Party MP Sigrún Magnúsdóttir would join the cabinet as minister for the environment.
A letter of apology from the Ministry of the Interior, signed by former interior minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir and undersecretary Ragnhildur Hjaltadóttir, was received by the three persons named in the document Hanna Birna’s former assistant, Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, leaked to the media in...
The approximately 50 Cubans living in Iceland celebrated yesterday when U.S. and Cuban leaders announced that formal diplomatic relations between the two countries would be resumed after 50 years of hostility.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson called the government to a meeting last Friday afternoon on short notice to discuss a proposal from Norðvesturnefndin (The Northwest Committee) about creating jobs in Northwest Iceland.
According to a new opinion poll, support for the Independence Party and the ruling coalition has increased slightly.
In response to the U.S. Senate’s release of an excerpt of a report of the CIA’s interrogation methods last week, the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs issued a statement, saying access to the full report has been requested.
Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has seven assistants who earn upwards of ISK 64.3 million (EUR 417,400/USD 518,400) a year for their jobs.
Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Iceland’s industry and trade minister, has submitted a bill on the controversial new ‘nature pass’ idea which would force tourists to pay to see Iceland’s natural wonders.
The Supreme Court of Iceland this week overturned a decision by the Ministry of the Interior denying responsibility for processing the case of an Iraqi asylum seeker under the European Dublin Accord.
Brynjar Níelsson, Member of Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, laughed for two minutes when asked for his reaction to not being nominated Minister of the Interior.
Ólöf Nordal will replace Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir as minister of the interior, as the party’s chair Bjarni Benediktsson announced at a party meeting this morning. Ólöf will formally be appointed at presidential residence Bessastaðir today.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson have announced that a meeting will be held at presidential residence Bessastaðir at 1 pm tomorrow, after which the new interior minister will be presented.
ISK 1 billion (USD 8.1 million, EUR 6.5 million) in state funding will go towards Landspítali National University Hospital in addition to the amount reserved for the hospital in the 2015 budget bill, as reported yesterday. Director of Landspítali Páll Matthíasson celebrates the news.
If the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management were to declare a state of emergency, the minister responsible for the issue could ration electricity, limit telecommunication and cut off roads, according to a new bill presented at a cabinet meeting yesterday.
Chair of the Independence Party Bjarni Benediktsson said at a parliamentary party meeting yesterday that he hoped that a new minister of the interior would be appointed next week. Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir announced her resignation on Friday.