Icelandic Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson has made public his intentions to officially propose the imposition of fishing fees, in addition to quotas, on companies which hunt whales and mink whales.
Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson met President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the country’s foreign minister, Pavlo Klimkin, in Kiev yesterday evening. Gunnar is on a two-day official visit to Ukraine.
Up to 2,000 people gathered in Lækjartorg square in central Reykjavík yesterday to protest the Israeli airstrikes in Gaza.
Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir stated that the committee appointed to review the legislation of leasing land to citizens outside the EEA will present its proposals on the case of Chinese investor Huang Nubo’s interest in Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum shortly.
Wikileaks has demanded that Danish authorities investigate whether laws were broken when the FBI met with Icelandic citizen Sigurður Þórðarson, aka Siggi ‘the hacker,’ in the country on three occasions, following meetings in Iceland in early 2013.
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson has expressed deep concern over the conflict in Gaza, regretting the deaths of civilians, including a number of children, in Israel’s air strikes in the region.
The organization Ekki Fleiri Brottvísanir, or No More Deportations, demands that the Icelandic government find a way for Palestinian Ramez Rassas, who previously sought asylum in Iceland, to escape from escalating violence in Gaza.
Both supporters and opponents of whaling want the results of a new study, which measures the length of time from when an animal is harpooned to its time of death, released.
The District Commissioner of Reykjavík has rejected a claim by chair of the Dawn party, Björgvin E. Vídalín, that the election results were invalid.
Victoria Nuland, United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, has said that the U.S. defense agreement with Iceland is pioneering and should be used as a model, particularly for U.S. agreements in Eastern Europe.
Iceland is among the nations in which the U.S. intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been given authority to intercept through U.S. companies the communications of its overseas targets and communications about its targets, according to the Washington Post.
Former Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir said at the World Pride Human Rights conference, held in Toronto last week, that in hindsight her and her wife, Jónína Leósdóttir, did not have to wait that long to publicly reveal their feelings for each other.
When asked whether he would consider running for higher office, former Reykjavík mayor and comedian Jón Gnarr said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Friday, while laughing hysterically, that he wouldn’t rule out running for president.
Bright Future has 21.8 percent support, up from 19.2 percent one month ago, according to the latest MMR poll published today.
The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands today. Among the issues discussed at the meeting, chaired by Iceland’s foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, was developments in EFTA’s preferential trade relations.
Leader of the Left-Green Movement, Katrín Jakobsdóttir, says Iceland should review its whaling industry and evaluate the benefits to the country’s economy.
Iceland needs to cut its net emissions of greenhouse gases by 31 percent by 2020, not including emissions from heavy industry.
Staff at Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, had to work quickly on Wednesday to reinstall the old speaker’s podium after parliament was unexpectedly called together during its summer break.
The outgoing mayor of Reykjavík is releasing a book in the USA and will embark on a speaking tour of the country.
The Icelandic Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, 11 nursing homes, the state workers’ pension fund and the nurses’ pension fund have signed a contract on the state’s takeover of nearly all pension liabilities connected to the nursing homes’ staff using both pension funds.
Brynjar Níelsson, lawyer and Member of Parliament for the Independence Party, says it is simply illegal to give plots of land away to religious groups.
“I have received emails from people asking how they can register to the Association.
I was a bit surprised but very pleased by these enquiries,” says Salmann Tamimi, the leader of the Muslim Association of Iceland, asked whether he had noticed an increase in the number of new registrations...