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Half-Naked Man Naps in Store, Chats with Car Seat

The police were called to a store in Reykjavík earlier this week in response to a report of peculiar behavior of a young man. The man, who was only wearing pants and socks, had lain down to sleep in the store. He later began to converse with the seat of the police car.

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Icelanders Don’t Trust Politicians or Bankers

The public’s faith in politics and banks seems not to have been restored in Iceland since the 2008 economic collapse. In a new survey by MMR, 54.7 percent of respondents stated they had little faith in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, and 66.8 percent had little faith in the banking system....

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Defendants in SPRON Case Maintain Innocence

Rannveig Rist and Jóhann Ásgeir Baldurs, former board members of savings bank SPRON, both maintained their innocence when the special prosecutor’s case against them opened in Reykjavík District Court this morning. The case involves a ISK 2 billion loan.

Increase in Child Poverty in Iceland

Poverty among children during the period 2008 to 2012 has increased most in Iceland out of the OECD countries, according to a new UNICEF report entitled Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries.

Iceland Tops Global Gender Gap Index Again

In the World Economic Forum’s recently-released Global Gender Gap Report 2014, Iceland tops the ranking of the world’s nations with the smallest gender gap for the sixth year in a row. Nordic nations take up the first five seats of the index.

Lack of Staff at Iceland’s National Hospital

Tómas Guðbjartsson, professor and chief physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, contradicts Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, who recently stated in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós that there have been no layoffs at the hospital since 2009...

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Doctors in Iceland Go on Strike

Doctors in the Icelandic Medical Association, including general practitioners, began a strike at midnight last night. At the healthcare center in the suburb of Efra-Breiðholt, where there are usually eight doctors, there will only be one doctor working today and tomorrow and they will only tend...

Norwegian Army: Machine Guns Not Gift to Iceland

Colonel Dag Aamoth, press spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, released a statement yesterday saying that the Norwegian Armed Forced had sold the Icelandic Coast Guard 250 MP5 submachine guns for NOK 625,000.

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Iceland to Pay for Delivery of Machine Guns

Chief Superintendent​ Jónas F. Bjartmarz said in an interview with news magazine Kastljós on national broadcaster RÚV last night that he was responsible for ordering the 210 Heckler & Koch MP5 machine guns from the Norwegian army.

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