Jón Gnarr talks to NBC

Jón Gnarr ‘Won’t Rule out Running for President’

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.

EFTA signs declaration with the Philippines

EFTA Holds Ministerial Meeting in Westman Islands

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.

Money - Icelandic Króna

State Takes Responsibility for Nursing Home Pensions

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.

Salmann Tamimi

Icelanders Registering as Protest Muslims

“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...

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM Criticized for Free Fishing Trip

In a post on her Facebook page yesterday, Former PM Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir criticized Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson for having gone fishing without paying at the opening day of the river Norðurá, West Iceland.


Reykjavíkites Want Dagur As Mayor

More than 60 percent of voters want to see Dagur B. Eggertsson of the Social Democratic Alliance as the next mayor of Reykjavík, according to a new poll published by daily Fréttablaðið today.

Reykjavík City Hall

Progressive Party Youth Wing “Distrust” Mayoral Candidate

The youth wing of Iceland’s Progressive Party published a statement on their webpage yesterday saying that they completely distrust the leader of the Progressive Party in Reykjavík, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, and are against her proposal to withdraw the lot for a mosque allocated by...

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Prime Minister Refuses to Comment on Mosque Issue

Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson refused to comment on a statement made by his colleague, Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, first on the Progressive Party’s list in Reykjavík for Saturday’s municipal elections, that she is opposed to the proposed mosque in Reykjavík, at a meeting in...

Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson

Foreign Minister: Anti-Mosque Comments Not Party Line

Foreign Minister of Iceland Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson says comments made by his colleague, mayoral candidate for Reykjavík Sveinbjörg Birna Sveinbjörnsdóttir, that a mosque should not be built in Reykjavík, are not in line with the party’s policy.