The Imagine Peace Tower

School Celebrates Peace, Shuns Church

The annual tradition of every school taking its pupils on a visit to church in the lead up to Christmas has become increasingly controversial in recent years. But when one school recently decided to cancel the tradition, a storm of criticism arose—as well as plenty of support for the idea.

Dómkirkjan church

71 Percent Support Separation of Church and State

Supporters of the Pirate Party and Bright Future are most likely to be in favor of the separation of church and state in Iceland, according to the latest pulse of the nation poll by Gallup. Independence Party voters are least likely to be in favor, with 62 percent of respondents saying they...

A church in Rauðasandur

Half of Icelanders Hold Religious Beliefs

Roughly 50 percent of Icelanders hold religious beliefs, according to a new Gallup poll. Fifty-one percent of respondents said they considered themselves to be believers, while 30 percent said they were not believers, and 14 percent called themselves atheists. The remainder did not take sides....

A church in Rauðasandur

Today is Whit Monday

Today is Whit Monday in the Western Christian calendar, and is celebrated as a national holiday in many countries, including Iceland.

Ibrahim Sverrir Agnarsson, chair of the Association of Muslims in Iceland.

Venetians Encouraged to Boycott Iceland

Organizers of the Icelandic entry to the Venice Biennale say they fear protests today, following a campaign encouraging locals to boycott Iceland and Icelandic products and calling upon the Icelandic government to apologize.


Today is Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a bank holiday and the last day of Easter celebrations in Iceland. It is known as Annar í páskum (‘The second day of Easter’) in Icelandic and also commemorates the resurrection of Christ.

Church at Úlfljótsvatn

Today is Good Friday

Good Friday, or Föstudagurinn langi (‘Long Friday’) in Icelandic, is a bank holiday in Iceland and part of Easter celebrations. It commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and is a day of mourning.

A screenshot from artist Snorri Ásmundsson's controversial HaTikva video.

Icelanders Accused of Anti-Semitism

Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, wrote in a blog entry on Times of Israel on Monday, that “Iceland is more than its tourist posters of geysers, volcanoes, the singer Bjork and the Northern Lights. It has now stretched antisemitism to new outer...

Ibrahim Sverrir Agnarsson, chair of the Association of Muslims in Iceland.

Iceland Muslim Association Unaware of Saudi Funding

Chair of the Association of Muslims in Iceland Ibrahim Sverrir Agnarsson stated that he had not heard of the USD 1 million (ISK 135.5 million) donation from the government of Saudi Arabia for the building of the association’s mosque in Reykjavík until contacted by RÚV’s journalists yesterday...