President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson with Chinese Ambassador to Iceland Zhang Weidong.

Iceland Gets New Chinese Ambassador

China’s new Ambassador to Iceland, Zhang Weidong, presented his letter of credence to President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on Tuesday. His predecessor, Ma Jisheng, left the country suddenly at the beginning of the year.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and Winston Lackin

Iceland-Suriname ‘Men-Only’ Conference to Include Women

The men-only conference to be held at the United Nations next year to discuss gender equality and violence against women, announced by Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson on Monday, will also include women, it has been revealed after organizers received criticism for excluding...

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson at the United Nations in New York

Iceland and Suriname to Discuss Violence against Women

Iceland’s Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson announced during a speech before the United Nations in New York yesterday that Iceland and Suriname, South America, will convene a “Barbershop” conference in January 2015 where men will discuss gender equality with other men, with a special focus...

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Support for Icelandic Government Down

According to a the latest MMR survey, 34 percent of Icelanders support the current government. This number follows the downward trend that could be seen in the two previous surveys: on September 8, 36.3 percent supported the governing parties, and 38.5 percent did so on August 28.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Iceland’s President and Prime Minister Same Person

On a normal day MP for the Progressive Party Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson is Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture and Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources. However, he is also currently Acting President, Acting Prime Minister, Acting Foreign Minister, Acting Minister of Finance and...

Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson

President of Iceland Attends Symposium in New York

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and his spouse Dorrit Moussaieff are currently participating in the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting. On Sunday, he took part in a debate on climate change and economic development at the New York Forum.

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Foreign Minister Defends Iceland’s Right to Whaling

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson stated yesterday in response to a formal diplomatic protest against commercial whaling in Iceland that the nations involved in the protest should take a critical look at their own issues, such as pollution and human rights.

Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson

PM Opens Keynote Speech with Eruption

The ongoing eruption in Holuhraun has had a widespread effect, even influencing Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson’s keynote speech at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, which reconvened on Tuesday.

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Leak Affair: Misunderstanding in Minister’s Reply

Legal experts believe that the position of Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir in the leak affair, as stated in her response to the Ombudsman of Alþingi’s letter from August 25, posted on the ministry’s website on Tuesday, is based on a misunderstanding.

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Iceland’s Parliament Reconvenes for the Autumn

The 144th legislative parliamentary session at Althingi, the Icelandic parliament, formally began this afternoon with a sermon in Reykjavík Cathedral. Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson presented his budget bill.

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir.

Sixty-Seven Percent Want Interior Minister to Quit

The latest opinion poll conducted by daily newspaper Fréttablaðið found that 67 percent of respondents would like Icelandic Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir to step down in light of the so-called ‘leak affair.’

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Party Members Declare Support for Interior Minister

Independence Party MPs declared their support for Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir at a party meeting in Vestmannaeyjar yesterday. Hanna Birna has been under fire in recent months following the leak of information about an asylum seeker from her ministry in November.

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir

Leak Affair: Minister’s Assistant Charged

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, is facing charges for having leaked information about the asylum seeker Tony Omos to the media last year. Charges against him were issued by the state prosecutor on Friday afternoon.