Reykjavík
3°C
E

Politics

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Support for Government at Record Low

Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government is at a record low at 33 percent, according to the latest MMR poll published yesterday. Support for the government in the last poll, conducted on October 21, measured 34.3 percent.

EU referendum protest

Six Thousand Expected at Anti-Government Protest

Close to 6,000 people are expected to attend a protest against the actions of the government in Austurvöllur square at 5 pm today. As of 10 am, 5,700 people had accepted an invitation to attend the protest on the Facebook page Mótmælum aðgerðum ríkisstjórnarinnar.

Keflavík

Southwest Iceland Community Heavily Indebted

Reykjanesbær municipality in Southwest Iceland, including Keflavík, is in debt by more than ISK 40 billion (USD 327 million, EUR 260 million), as revealed when a report by KPMG on the community’s finances was presented at a public meeting yesterday evening.

Cows

Changes Proposed to Pricing in Dairy Industry

Sixteen MPs of the Social Democratic Alliance, Bright Future and the Pirate Party submitted a bill in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, this week on amendments to the law on price consultation in the dairy industry. The current law is being criticized for hindering competition.

Traditional Icelandic food

Iceland Taken to Court over Product Information Rules

Iceland has failed to implement a directive on labeling and standard product information on energy consumption into its national legislation before the June 1, 2013 deadline, the EFTA Surveillance Authority (ESA) announced yesterday. Therefore, the matter will be brought before the EFTA Court....

Supermarket

Finance Ministry Said to Underestimate Cost of Food

The consumer standard used by the Icelandic Ministry of Finance in its calculations on which a bill on changes to the VAT system are based must be reviewed, according to deputy MP for the Independence Party Bryndís Loftsdóttir, who reasons that the ministry is assuming too low amounts for...

The Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.

Progressive Party Councilor Stands by Mosque Comments

Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, representative of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík, said in an interview with DV today that she does not regret comments regarding the building of a mosque made during the municipal election campaign earlier this year.

Eygló Harðardóttir

Child Protection Agency Critical of Minister’s Move

Employees of the Government Agency for Child Protection accuse Minister of Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir for systematically excluding them from the development of child protection policies in Iceland and criticize her for going against their wishes by renewing an ISK 500 million contract...

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.

Pages