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Icelandic Passport “Not Valid”

Lea Gestsdóttir, an Icelandic guide, was traveling in South Africa with friends earlier this week when they decided to visit Swaziland. She had to wait at the border as officials were reportedly baffled by her passport, claiming that it was not valid.

Sunset in Reykjavík

Icelanders Top Nordic Sleeping Pill Use

Icelanders take two to three times the amount of sleeping pills used by people elsewhere in the Nordic countries. The Directorate of Health has raised concern about the effects of excessive pharmaceutical use.

Menntaskólinn í Reykjavík secondary school

Teachers’ Strike Coming to an End

Teaching in secondary schools in Iceland is expected to resume on Monday. A new collective wage agreement is expected to be signed today and the strike, which has lasted almost three weeks, is expected to come to an end.

Airport Staff in Iceland to Strike

Eighty-eight percent of the members of the three unions with employees at ISAVIA, the company which the operates airports in Iceland, voted in favor of holding four short strikes, closing all airports in Iceland and disrupting all air traffic to and from Iceland.

Car

Driver Loses License Not Driving

Police stopped a 17-year-old girl with her brand new driver’s license driving 143 km/h (89mph) opposite IKEA in Garðabær, a town just outside Reykjavík, on Wednesday night. The maximum speed there is 80 km/h (50 mph).

From the main street in Þórshöfn

Population of Bakkafjörður up

In the last ten years the population of Iceland has increased by 12 percent. However, in the Northeast region of Þingeyjarsýsla, which reaches from just east of Akureyri all the way to Bakkafjörður, the population has decreased by 10 percent over the last ten years.

Mosfellsheiði snowstorm

Police Release Call Transcript from Angry Driver

The police in Selfoss, South Iceland, have released a transcript of a phone call it received yesterday because of the closure of Hellisheiði mountain pass between Reykjavík and the town of Hveragerði following a snowstorm which hit, leaving many stranded.

Kilimanjaro

Vilborg Reaches Kilimanjaro’s Peak

Icelandic adventurer Vilborg Arna Gissurardóttir reached the peak of Kilimanjaro along with her traveling partners around 7 am this morning. At 5,895 meters, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest mountain.

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