María Ólafsdóttir, Iceland's 2015 Eurovision entry

Iceland’s Eurovision Participation in Jeopardy?

Iceland’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna in May could be in jeopardy as a result of the ongoing strike in Iceland. District Commissioner lawyers, whose job it is to certify that popular voting for the winner of the national competition, who gets sent to Vienna, has been...

Landspítali National University Hospital

Strike Continues, Close to 200 Operations Postponed

As a result of the ongoing strike among members of the Association of Academics (BHM), which includes x-ray technicians and midwives, 180 operations have been postponed at Landspítali National University Hospital as well as 15 angioplasty procedures.

Týr Icelandic Coast Guard ship

Iceland Coast Guard Searches for Boat off Libya

Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr, which is currently on assignment for Frontex, the European Union’s external borders agency, in the Mediterranean, is currently searching for a dinghy 18 nautical miles north of Libya.

Týr rescues refugees off Libya

Icelandic Coast Guard Rescues 320 Refugees

Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr brought 320 refugees to land at the town of Pozzallo in Sicily over Easter after reaching their wooden boat, which was leaking, off the coast of Libya on April 3.

Money - Icelandic Króna

Strikes and the PM’s Salary

Today is the third day of strikes in Iceland. The Confederation of Labor has asked that ISK 300,000 (EUR 2,050, USD 2,300) be the minimum monthly salary in Iceland.

Steingrímsfjarðarheiði, the West Fjords.

Two Communities without Road Connections

Two communities are currently without road connections with the rest of Iceland, the rural Árneshreppur in Strandir region in the West Fjords and the hamlet in Mjóifjörður fjord, between Seyðisfjörður and Norðfjörður in the East Fjords.


Iceland Way below UN Development Aid Target

Iceland allocated 0.21 percent of its GNI to development aid in 2014, which is way below the United Nations target of 0.7 percent. Iceland’s contribution to official development assistance (ODA) remained unchanged from the year prior, the OECD reports.

Landspítali National University Hospital

Hundreds Strike in Iceland, Surgeries Postponed

More than 500 members of the Association of Academics in Iceland (BHM), many of whom work in hospitals, went on strike today. Most surgeries which had been scheduled at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík have been postponed as a consequence and surgeries at Akureyri Hospital...


Upcoming Strikes in Iceland, Widespread Effects

After an unsuccessful meeting between representatives of the Association of Academics (BHM) and the Icelandic state at the office of the State Negotiator this morning, it looks as if many of the association’s members will go on strike next Tuesday. Surgeries will be postponed as a consequence....

search rescue

Hikers Rescued from Iceland Highland Route

Four British hikers contacted the emergency services early this morning. They had intended to cross the highlands by taking the Kjölur road, which is open for cars in the summer, but after four days in snowy conditions they had become cold and exhausted and were unable to continue.

DeCode lab

Women Compensated for Swine Flu Vaccinations

Three young women have received approximately ISK 10 million (USD 73,000, EUR 68,000) each in damages from the Icelandic state because they contracted narcolepsy after being given swine flu vaccinations in 2009 and 2010 and now suffer permanent disabilities because of the disease.

A football goal on Grímsey island.

Fishing Quota Sold from Grímsey Island

Gylfi Gunnarsson, a fishing operator on Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, will be forced to sell the 300-ton fishing quota in his possession away from the island because his company is heavily indebted and he has been unable to reach an agreement with the bank.

Police bike

Car Accident Survivor Thanks Saviors

Alexandra Ósk Magnúsdóttir, whose car overturned near Sandgerði in South Iceland on March 22, thanked the men who saved her life and the lives of her two young children at the fire station in Keflavík yesterday, by presenting them with flowers and engraved shields.

gavel as used in courts

Young Man Convicted for Revenge Porn in Iceland

East Iceland District Court handed a 60-day suspended sentence to a 19-year-old last week for distributing naked pictures of his ex-girlfriend online without her consent. He is to pay her ISK 250,000 (USD 1,800, EUR 1,700) in damages for the act of revenge pornography.

fishermen at work

Accidents Increase in Fish Processing in Iceland

Fisheries Iceland, the association of fisheries companies in Iceland, demand that fish processing companies which don’t fulfill safety regulations make immediate improvements. While accidents at sea have decreased significantly, accidents in fish processing are up by 70 percent in the past five...

A message in a bottle found in Norway.

Norwegian Finds Icelandic Message-in-a-Bottle

When Geir Ola Korsnes from Tofterøy in Sund near Bergen in West Norway found his boat smashed up by a storm, he also found a plastic bottle with a letter inside. The letter had been written by 11-year-old Björgvin Matthías from Skagaströnd in North Iceland on April 1, 1999.

Syrian refugees on the border to Lebanon.

ISK 20 Million Raised for Syrian Refugees

UNICEF in Iceland and Fatímusjóðurinn have raised ISK 20 million (USD 147,000, EUR 135,000) for the education of Syrian refugee children. The money will be used to run a center for information education for 350 children in Jordan.

Icelandair plane

Icelandic Airlines Review Flight Deck Rules

Icelandic airlines Icelandair and WOWair have decided to tighten flight deck rules following revelations that Tuesday’s air disaster in the French Alps was the result of the co-pilot locking the captain out of the cockpit and intentionally causing the plane to crash.