Two individuals voluntarily spent Monday night in police prison cells, DV reports. According to police logs, neither had a registered permanent address and both claimed to have exhausted all other options to no avail.
Representatives from trade unions VR, Efling, Hlíf, VSFK and the Commercial Federation of Iceland (LÍV), have issued a joint statement declaring that a series of strikes planned to begin next Thursday, May 28, will be postponed by five days.
Barring immediate government action, 2,100 nurses are expected to go on strike at midnight tonight as part of an ongoing series of strikes organized by the member-unions of the Icelandic Association of Academics (BHM).
The United Nations’ International Gender Equality Studies Diploma Program, hosted at the University of Iceland, today graduated its third class, consisting of five men and five women from Iceland, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Palestine.
A growing number of companies and institutions are planning to close their doors from midday on June 19 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the country.
The firearms provided to the Icelandic Coastguard late last year are still in the country. The shipment of the guns to Iceland from the Norwegian military caused heated debate and criticism in Iceland and the Coastguard eventually relented and said the weapons would be sent back to Norway “at...
A recent survey by Market and Media Research (MMR) found that almost a quarter of Icelanders 18 years and older, or 24.3 percent, now support legalizing marijuana—up from 12.7 percent in 2011.
The majority of members of trade union VR, to which air workers belong, voted today in favor of striking. The strike may interrupt flight schedules; unless an agreement in the wage dispute can be reached in time, air workers are set to strike on May 31 and June 1, and then indefinitely from June...
Set-up for the Reykjavík Queer Choir’s annual concert at Seltjarnarnes Church last Saturday was interrupted by a protestor who objected to the flagging of the LGBTQ rainbow flag at a Christian church. When the man continued to persist, in spite of repeated requests that he cease his attempts at...
Halldór Ásgrímsson, former chair of the Progressive Party, who served as prime minister of Iceland from September 2004 to June 2006, passed away at 67 yesterday. He suffered a serious heart attack on Friday and died in the ICU.
All applications for pig slaughtering were deferred earlier today at the meeting of the Icelandic Veterinary Association’s (IVA) strike-exemption committee. The applications will be reevaluated tomorrow and their outcome is expected to be largely dependent on the results of today’s negotiations...
The chief of police in the capital region has joined calls for a new section to be added to the criminal statute to deal specifically with domestic violence.
Muslim women in Iceland need confirmation or justification from one of the two Islamic associations in order to be allowed to wear a hijab, or head scarf, in their passport photo.
The health service cannot stand the ongoing strike by the Association of Academics much longer without compromising patent safety, according to a report by the Directorate of Health.
The Icelandic Red Cross has sent two additional representatives to Nepal following the earthquake there last month. Nurse Helga Pálmadóttir arrived in Kathmandu yesterday and psychologist Elín Jónasdóttir is expected to arrive in the country today. They join Icelandic electrical technician...
The Icelandic state has made an informal offer to the Association of Academics (BHM), whose member associations are on strike, affecting the operation of Landspítali National University Hospital, among other institutions and companies.
A small private plane crashed into the shallows off Mosfellsbær, a neighboring town of Reykjavík yesterday. The pilot, who was the only one onboard, managed to break out of the wreck and wade ashore. Two golfers, who witnessed the accident, came to his assistance.
Icelandic nurses have overwhelmingly approved a vote to go on strike. Seventy-six percent of nurses voted in the poll and of those 90 percent voted in favor of industrial action.
Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir, Icelandic minister for tourism, says she fears that a long period of industrial action will have a negative impact on the number of tourists visiting Iceland, adding that the situation is extremely serious.
Sea Shepherd, the organization which uses direct action techniques to fight against whaling, has said it plans to send its boats to the North Atlantic this summer with the goal of protecting the whales which Iceland and Norway plan to catch.
In Save the Children’s 2015 Mothers’ Index, released yesterday, Iceland is listed as the third best place in the world to be a mother, up from fourth place last year. Norway tops the list with Finland placing second.
More unions are planning strikes, which may lead to 70,000 people in Iceland striking as of next month. It would be the most wide-reaching strikes the country has seen in decades.
Four young men aged 16-22 were arrested in Breiðholt, a suburb of Reykjavík, on Friday on suspicion of having damaged more than 20 cars. The suspects had to remain in custody while being questioned; Reykjavík Metropolitan Police are investigating the case.
Hundreds of tons of imported meat are being stored at the docks in Sundahöfn in Reykjavík but cannot be moved on to meat processing plants because veterinarians are on strike. Slaughtering of most Icelandic animals has also come to a halt. If the strike continues, there will be no more ground...