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Some Unions Postpone Strikes

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.

A celebration of women's rights in Reykjavík in 1915.

Iceland to Enjoy Suffrage Holiday

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.

Heckler & Koch MP5

Norwegian Guns Still in Iceland

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...

Icelandair plane

Interruptions in Flights Due to Impending Strike

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...

A farm in Northeast Iceland.

Applications for Pig Slaughtering Deferred

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...

Strike “Endangering Patients”

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.

Nepal earthquake 2015

Icelandic Red Cross Sends Two More Reps to Nepal

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...

BHM march May 1

State Makes Offer to Striking Union

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.

Map of the scene of a plane crash.

Plane Crashes into Ocean near Reykjavík

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.

BHM strike

Nurses to Strike in Iceland

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.

Tourist in Reykjavík

Minister Warns Strikes Could Damage Tourism

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.

Whaling boats Reykjavík

Sea Shepherd Turns Sights on Iceland

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.

Police car

Teens Wreck Cars in Reykjavík Suburb

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.


Strike Leads to Shortage of Meat in Iceland

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...