Prime Minister Eats More Cake

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson still has cake on his mind. In an interview on he said that he had recently begun a physical fitness program and when he was offered a cake in parliament, he had to have half a piece.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Discord in Parliament Over #Vomitgate Developments

“He was pretty lively today,” said Pirate Party MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, in an interview with Vísir yesterday, of Ásmundur Einar Daðason, assistant to the Prime Minister and MP for the Progressive Party, who, earlier this week was reported to have thrown up on fellow passengers on a May 10 WOW...


Reykjavík Wants Power Over Pets

Reykjavík City Council wants to wrestle the power to set rules on pets in public places from the state and has sent a request to the government, following a council vote.

Did Drunk MP Vomit on Fellow Passengers?

There are two versions of a story circulating about whether or not Ásmundur Einar Daðason, MP for the Progressive Party and personal assistant to Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, was drunk when he vomited on board a WOW air flight to Washington DC this week.

Syrian refugees on the border to Lebanon.

Iceland “Positive” on Accepting More Refugees

“In fact the number of refugee resettlements in Europe is not going up, but rather their previously uneven distribution is being evened out,” Íris Björg Kristjánsdóttir, parliamentary committee specialist on immigration and former head of the refugee committee, told Vísir.

Green Flag Protest outside Alþingi

Around 400 protesters gathered outside the Icelandic parliament this week with green flags to call on the government to cancel its proposal to remove protections of four highland rivers by approving them for hydroelectric damming.

Reykjavík City Hall

Pirates Protest Destruction of Furniture

Representatives of the Pirate Party protested yesterday the destruction of furniture which have been used in Reykjavík City Hall for years. It turned out that the furniture which the city had bought in good faith were replicas of Cassina sofas designed by Le Corbusier.

Money - Icelandic Króna

Government Cleaners On Less Than Minimum Wage

“The Prime Minister’s own premises are not paying the minimum wage and that is in no way okay. We now have a claim filed,” says Harpa Ólafsdóttir, department head of wage issues at the Efling trade union.


MP Calls for Smoking Age to Increase to 21

Siv Friðleifsdóttir, member of the Icelandic parliament and former government minister, is calling for the purchasing age for tobacco products to be increased. She says Iceland should look towards other countries which have increased the smoking age to 21 for inspiration in trying to stop people...

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Icelanders Don’t Trust PM

Only 9 percent of Icelanders believe that Prime Minister and chair of the Progressive Party Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson is an honest person, according to new poll by MMR. Even fewer, or 5 percent of respondents, find that the PM has charisma.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Minister’s Driver Paid ISK 700,000

The personal driver of foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is the best paid government driver with ISK 700,000 (USD 5,150 USD, EUR 4,760) per month, according to daily DV, which requested information about the salaries of ministers’ drivers.

Týr Icelandic Coast Guard ship arrives in Sicily with refugees

MP Wants Icelandic Coast Guard to Stay in Med

MP for the Left Greens Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced on Facebook yesterday that her party will put forward a motion in parliament that the Icelandic government allocates additional funds to the Icelandic Coast Guard so that its ship Týr can continue its work in the Mediterranean.

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

President Most Trusted in Iceland

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson is the most trusted on a list of politicians in Iceland, according to the latest MMR poll, published Friday. The poll found that 48.5 percent of Icelanders had “rather a lot/a lot” of trust in Ólafur Ragnar.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

MP Asks PM for ‘Secret’ Spying Reports

Pirate Party leader, MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir, requested at parliament yesterday that Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson submit the reports he discussed in his keynote speech at the Progressive Party convention last weekend.