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Icelandic Football Audience

5.000 Icelanders Apply For World Cup Tickets

Iceland is already showing signs of excitement for the nation‘s first ever World Cup participation next year in Russia. FIFA has begun selling tickets and Icelanders have already applied for a number of tickets.

Icelandic football fans

Iceland Preparing for World Cup

Klara Bjartmarz, CEO of the Football Association of Iceland (KSÍ), says preparations are well underway for Iceland’s participation in the FIFA World Cup.

fishermen at work

Foreign Minister Firm on Russia Sanctions

Icelandic Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson is determined not to withdraw his support for Western sanctions against Russia, despite losses suffered by the fishing industry after Russia imposed an import ban on food from Iceland in August.

Tupolev Tu-95 and Typhoon fighter jet

Russian Military Flight Threat Reduced

The Russian military has twice flown near to Iceland so far this year, with four planes. Last year they approached Iceland once, with two planes. According to foreign ministry figures, Russian interest in flying provocatively close to Iceland has decreased in recent years.

Fishing boats in Patreksfjörður

Russian Sanctions Damage Report Released

Fishermen and fisheries workers look set to lose between ISK 990 million and ISK 2.5 billion per year (EUR 6.9-17.3 million/USD 7.8-19.7 million) as a result of the trade sanctions levied against Iceland by Russia. Ten communities will be particularly badly hit by the trade ban, according to the...

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Politicians Split Over Russia Sanctions

Icelandic politicians in the ruling coalition parties have varying views on the country’s continued support for European sanctions against Russia, and the split is not along party lines.

fishermen at work

Impact of Russia’s Import Ban Assessed

Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, has asked the Institute of Regional Development to assess the impact of Russia’s decision to impose an import ban on Icelandic food.

Fish shop in Iceland

Iceland: Virgin or Prostitute?

Rumors of an impending ban on imports of Icelandic food to Russia have sparked a debate on the choice between morality and commercial interests.

A cargo ship with containers.

Russia Could Impose Sanctions on Iceland

Dmitry Peskov, spokesperson for Russian president Vladimir Putin, says that trade sanctions against Iceland are a possibility in light of the Icelandic government’s continued support for Western sanctions against Russia following its support for the uprising in eastern Ukraine.