Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson asked Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson yesterday to delay the putting forward of a new bill concerning the government’s household debt relief plan for the correction of indexed loans from 2008 and 2009 until after April Fool’s Day....
MP for the Social Democrats Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir and eight other MPs have put forward a proposal that the finance minister conduct an assessment of Iceland’s overall economic and commercial interests in whaling, as well as the impact on the tourism industry and Iceland’s position in...
Fifty-five percent of people living in Reykjavík would like to see Dagur B. Eggertsson, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, as the next mayor of Reykjavík, according to a new poll conducted by the Social Science Research Institute.
Around 2,000 people attended a protest in Austurvöllur square outside parliament in Reykjavík on Saturday afternoon. Protesters are demanding that the Icelandic government not withdraw the country’s EU membership application before asking the nation whether or not it would like to continue...
Member of the Mosfellsbær town council, Jón Jósef Bjarnason, put forward a proposal on Thursday to implement the collection of a fee from tourists passing through the town, which lies on the outskirts of Reykjavík.
Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson leaves for Kiev today to meet with leaders of the country. Gunnar will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart Andri Deshchytsia over the weekend.
President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson stated yesterday that he does not want to discuss the situation in Ukraine at a conference on the Arctic in Norway, arguing that it would be inappropriate to condemn Russia’s behavior at the meeting.
Around one third of Icelanders are happy with the opposition, according to a new poll conducted by Capacent Gallup. Meanwhile, one third are unhappy and roughly 37 percent are neither happy nor unhappy with the opposition.
Up to 2,000 people attended a protest in Austurvöllur square outside parliament in Reykjavík on Saturday afternoon. Protesters are demanding that the Icelandic government not withdraw the country’s EU membership application before asking the nation whether or not it would like to continue...
The Governor of Iceland’s Central Bank, Már Guðmundsson, who sued the bank when his salary was lowered in 2009, but lost the case last year, made headlines late last week when it was revealed that the bank paid his legal fees without the knowledge of the governing board.
Seventy-two percent of Icelanders would like to hold a national referendum on whether or not to continue membership talks with the European Union, according to a new poll conducted by Gallup. The Icelandic government is seeking to withdraw from the talks.
A new poll conducted by Media and Market Research found that public trust in party chairpersons in Iceland is down with the exception of Best Party chair and Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr.
The European Union has reached a deal on mackerel fishing rights in the northeast Atlantic with the Faroe Islands and Norway.
Earlier today, the Icelandic government presented a policy on Europe aimed at “reinforcing the representation of Iceland’s interests on the platform of the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA) and other current agreements between Iceland and the European Union,” as stated in a press...
MP for the Progressive Party Vigdís Hauksdóttir has apologized for comments she made about parliamentary staff in an interview with Monitor, a supplement in daily Morgunblaðið, last week.
A government meeting with the leaders of the opposition parties on how to resolve a disagreement on the EU issue and whether to put the question to a national referendum ended without a conclusion earlier this evening.
Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said in response to a question from substitute MP for Bright Future Kristín Helgadóttir that it was irrational for Iceland to apply for EU membership if it did not want the talks to be successful.
According to police estimates, around 4,000 people attended a protest in Austurvöllur square outside parliament in Reykjavík this afternoon.
MP for the Progressive Party and chair of the parliament’s finance committee Vigdís Hauksdóttir is in hot water once again.
This week the government has not discussed with the opposition the issue of whether to withdraw from EU accession talks. The opposition plans to address the issue with the speaker of parliament today.
Ólafur Magnússon, the head of the Icelandic Sports Association for People with Disabilities (ISAD), said it was disappointing that Minister for Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir has decided against attending the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, because of events in Ukraine.
A concert in support of the gay and lesbian community in Uganda will be held in Harpa concert hall in Reykjavík tonight.
Minister for Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir has decided against attending the Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia, in light of events in Ukraine.
Matthias Brinkmann, European Union Ambassador to Iceland, said in an interview with RÚV that there is no pressure on Iceland to make a decision as to whether or not to continue EU accession talks.