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Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Proposal to Move State Companies out of Capital

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.

Supreme Court of Iceland

Supreme Court Sides with Iraqi Asylum Seeker

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.

Bessastaðir

New Interior Minister Announced Tomorrow

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.

Landspítali National University Hospital

National Hospital to Get More State Funding

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.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

New Interior Minister Appointed Next Week

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.

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Interior Minister: Decision to Quit Was Personal

Former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir released a statement yesterday afternoon confirming the news that she had requested to be released from her duties as minister because of the leak affair. However, the decision was personal, not political, she says.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Leak Affair: Interior Minister to Resign Today

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir will step down today, as reported just now. According to the sources of national broadcaster RÚV, the minister is planning to take a break from politics and return to parliament in January. It’s unclear who will replace her.

Icelandic flag

MP Wants Changes to Icelandic Flag Law

MP for the Progressive Party Silja Dögg Gunnarsdóttir would like the law on displaying the Icelandic flag changed. “I’m suggesting that the flag could be up, for example, during the summer, the brightest time of year,” she told Bylgjan radio on Wednesday, adding that she would like the...

Former assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Leak Affair: Police Sent Report to Minister’s Assistant

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, received the Suðurnes police’s transcript of their questioning of asylum seeker Tony Omos the same day the police department’s chief had sent Gísli a statement on the progress of the case’...

fishermen at work

Iceland Not Invited to Mackerel Debate Meeting

Delegates of the Faroe Islands, Norway and the European Union will meet in Bergen, Norway, to discuss the division of the mackerel fishing quota, which has long been debated, next week. The three parties have reached an agreement between themselves. Iceland was not invited to the meeting.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Minister has Party’s Support, Opposition Calls for Resignation

Interior Minister Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir is facing renewed calls from opposition leaders to step down and assume responsibility for her former assistant Gísli Freyr Valdórsson after he confessed on Tuesday to leaking confidential and sensitive information about an asylum seeker in November...

Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and UNU Rector David Malone sign an agreement in Tokyo on November 12, 2014.

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Visits UN University

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson visited the United Nations University (UNU) headquarters in Tokyo yesterday. He met with Rector of UNU David Malone and discussed the university’s operations. At the occasion, a new five-year agreement on the Geothermal Training...

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