Around 1,500 people gathered in Austurvöllur square in front of Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, yesterday evening to protest the government’s actions. The state of the healthcare system was at the top of protesters’ agenda.
Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir and Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson broke ground in a ceremony to mark the commencement of expansions at Reykjavík Airport on Friday. The airport is being expanded to accommodate a larger air traffic control center, run by Isavia.
The third Reykjavík Multicultural Congress ‘Let’s Talk' will take place at Reykjavík City Hall next Saturday, November 15, from 10 am to 3 pm alongside elections for representatives to the Multicultural Council of Reykjavík.
Another anti-government protest is planned outside Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, from 5 pm to 7 pm on Monday. Around 2,700 people have stated their intention to attend on Facebook.
There will no longer be an ambulance in the villages of Kópasker and Raufarhöfn on Melrakkaslétta peninsula if plans to cut costs go ahead.
The City of Reykjavík’s school and recreation committee approved on Wednesday a change in the rules which would allow children without Icelandic social security numbers or a legal registered address in the capital to go to kindergarten.
Between 40 and 50 foreign tourists of the close to one million who have visited Iceland so far this year have passed away during their trip.
Reykjavík District Court found no evidence that human trafficking was involved in the suspected cases of purchasing sex reported yesterday, which is currently being handled by the court.
The heads of the Reykjavík police and the Icelandic Coast Guard met with the Judicial Affairs and Education Committee of the Icelandic Parliament yesterday to answer questions about the import of roughly 300 submachine guns from Norway.
Forty individuals have been accused of purchasing sex. According to the website of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, if convicted, the accused face fines or imprisonment of up to one year.
Last night many residents of Reyðarfjörður in East Iceland saw and unidentified object fly across the sky.
The International Press Institute (IPI) released a statement yesterday condemning the libel case of Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, against DV journalists Jón Bjarki Magnússon and Jóhann Páll Jóhannsson in the ‘leak affair.’
The Icelandic Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management received a notice at 13:13 pm today that an airplane had landed at Keflavík International Airport because a person onboard was possibly infected with Ebola. It was later confirmed that this was not the case.
Patients at the emergency room of Landspítali National University Hospital had to wait to be treated longer than usual last night because some of the doctors working there were on strike. Doctors working at the hospital’s intensive care unit, operating room, anesthetic and gerontology wards...
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.
The meeting held on Wednesday to discuss the wage dispute between the Icelandic Medical Association (LÍ) and the state ended with no solution. The first strike among doctors in Iceland ended at midnight yesterday, but a new strike is set to start on Monday.
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....
A police report on protests in Iceland 2008-2011 recently made public included names and other personal information by mistake. The information had been blackened out in the hard copy of the report in line with the law but could still be read under bright light.
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.
The Icelandic Medical Association (LÍ) and representatives of the state will discuss the ongoing wage dispute today. The last meeting was on Monday. The strike among 160 of LÍ’s doctors, which began at midnight on Sunday, continues.
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.
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.
The Icelandic Coast Guard plans to use 100 of the 250 submachine guns sent from Norway over the last year on board its ships and in spare parts.
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...