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Icelanders’ Offer of Help is World News

The Facebook event Kæra Eygló Harðar—Syria calls, created by Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir, author and professor, to encourage Icelandic authorities to accept more Syrian refugees, has not only caught the attention of Icelanders, but also that of media abroad.

Harriet Has Every Right to Be Harriet

The Icelandic National Registry had no right to deny the eleven-year-old Harriet Cardew a passport in June, 2014, on grounds that her name had not been accepted by the Icelandic Naming Committee.

Teacher Critical of Reading Methods Fired

A teacher in Þingeyjarskóli, northeastern Iceland, who holds a degree in reading instruction from Germany, claims she lost her job because she refused to adopt a controversial Icelandic method of teaching children to read.

Will Crooks in Construction be Nailed?

The Directorate of Internal Revenue (DIR) believes organized tax fraud related to the construction industry amounted to ISK two billion (USD 15.4 million, EUR 13.6 million) last year.

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....

More People Sleeping at Keflavík Airport

This summer, airport administrators report more people sleeping in the check-in hall of Leifstöð terminal, Keflavík International Airport—despite this practice being prohibited. Some have even taken to sleeping in the arrivals hall, before embarking on their travels in Iceland.