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.
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.
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.
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...
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’...
Former Chief of Police in Suðurnes Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir called Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, the then political assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, in the morning of November 20, 2013, according to a new article on dv.is.
The Independence Party of Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson currently enjoys a support rating of 32.9 percent, up from 30.3 percent in late October, according to a new survey. Last week the government announced the recipients of its mortgage relief plan.
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.
Three individuals were named in the memo leaked by Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, including sensitive and confidential information about the affairs of an asylum seeker who was being deport
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...