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Petition to Ban Plastic Bags

More than 6,400 people have signed a petition, urging a new minister for the environment to ban the use of plastic bags in Iceland next year.

Alþingishúsið

State of Treasury Worse than Expected

Political party leaders now engaged in coalition talks agree that the state of the Icelandic treasury is not as good as had been suggested leading up to the parliamentary election.

Alþingishúsið

Formal Five-Party Coalition Talks Begin Today

The party groups of the Pirate Party, the Social Democratic Alliance, the Reform Party and Bright Future agreed at a meeting yesterday that they were ready to begin formal coalition talks led by Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Left-Green Leader to Form Government

During their meeting at Bessastaðir, the Icelandic presidential residence, today, President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson formally gave Left-Green Movement Leader Katrín Jakobsdóttir the mandate to form a government.

Move to Iceland.

Trump Increases Desire to Move to Iceland

As soon as it was clear that Donald Trump had won Tuesday’s US presidential election, the number of US residents entering the internet search words “moving/move to Iceland” skyrocketed.

Bjarni Benediktsson

Independence Party Leader May Return Mandate

Independence Party Leader Bjarni Benediktsson told RÚV last night that if his conversations with the leaders of other parties don’t yield results before the weekend, he might have to return his mandate to form a government.

Money

Unions Criticize MPs’ Pay Raise

The decision of the Icelandic Wage Council to increase the pay of elected officials by up to 44 percent this month has been harshly criticized by a number of people.

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