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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.

Hólmavík

Pools in Þingeyri and Hólmavík Closed

The swimming pool in Þingeyri and in Hólmavík will be closed for an undetermined period of time as of today due to the poor water levels in the national power company Landsvirkjun’s reservoirs

John Grant

More Short Stories from Iceland

The Icelandic government has agreed to take part and fund the 2015 North Atlantic whale count, supervised by NAMMCO. The whales in the North Atlantic Ocean were last counted in 2007.

Police car

Thirty Days for Stealing Bra and Shaver

The Akureyri District Court, North Iceland, sentenced a woman in her twenties to 30 days in prison for attempting to steal a bra at grocery store Hagkaup just before Christmas as well as a fridge magnet, oven gloves and electronic shaver in a hardware store in October.

Landspítali National University Hospital

Complaints over Delays in Health Care System

Some patients have complained about delays of up to four days for doctors to return their calls. Gunnar Ingi Gunnarsson, director of the health center in the Reykjavík suburb of Árbær, said the system will collapse if nothing is done.

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