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...
Only 17.8 percent of Icelanders used public transport regularly in 2014, according to new figures from Statistics Iceland.
Two tourists who were transported to Landspítali National University Hospital by helicopter after landing in a car accident between Hvolsvöllur and Seljalandsfoss, South Iceland, on Saturday afternoon have now been discharged from intensive care.
An Icelandic man, Sigurjón Árni Jensson, has been sentenced to four years in prison in Sweden for having tried to smuggle four kilograms of amphetamine from Sweden to Iceland. Another Icelander, Gunnar Þór Grétarsson, was sought by Interpol in the same case, but was later removed from the wanted...
The Association of Nepalese in Iceland is among the associations and companies in Iceland raising funds for emergency aid following the massive earthquake in Nepal on Saturday.
Industrial action planned for tomorrow will have a significant impact on bus travel outside Reykjavík.
The upcoming strikes of up to 70,000 workers in Iceland could have devastating effects on Iceland’s GDP, according to Gylfi Magnússon, professor of economics and former minister of economic affairs.
Two members of the Hafnarfjörður search and rescue association, Gísli Rafn Ólafsson and Andri Rafn Sveinsson, have been sent to Nepal on behalf of Nethope, the umbrella organization for the 42 largest search and rescue associations in the world.
The meeting between representatives of the Association of Academics (BHM) and the Icelandic state ended without a conclusion yesterday. A new meeting is scheduled tomorrow. Today, there are three weeks since member associations of BHM began striking.
In 2012, the hourly labor cost in the European Union was EUR 24.1 (ISK 3,550, USD 26.2) on average, while in Iceland it was EUR 23.2. In 2012, the highest labor cost for all economic activities in Europe was in Norway, EUR 57.1 per paid hour. The labor cost was the lowest in Bulgaria, EUR 3.4....
Icelandic LGBT rights association Samtökin ’78 filed charges this morning against ten individuals because of hate speech against LGBT people in connection with the discussion which arose after Hafnarfjörður became the first municipality in Iceland to include instruction about homosexuality in...
Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson decided yesterday to allocate ISK 10 million (USD 74,000, EUR 68,000) to the Red Cross and Red Crescent for humanitarian aid in Nepal because of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the country on Saturday morning.
The Icelandic Veterinary Association, whose members are currently on strike along with thousands others in the Association of Academics (BHM), authorized on Friday evening the limited slaughtering of chicken and turkeys for animal welfare reasons.
Hafnarfjörður recently become the first municipality in Iceland to include instruction about homosexuality in sex education. Musician Gylfi Ægisson caused outrage when commenting on Facebook that people should “protect the children” from “the indoctrination … by small but loud pressure groups.”...
The ongoing strike among the members of the Association of Academics (BHM), including veterinarians, is affecting the operations of slaughterhouses; chicken and pigs cannot be slaughtered and meanwhile conditions at poultry and pork farms are becoming crammed.
The Social Democrat Alliance youth organization is planning the event #OccupySaga today between 9 am and 12 noon, encouraging people to call the radio station Útvarp Saga and protest hate speech among the radio station’s hosts.
The Icelandic Coast Guard’s bomb disposal unit carried out training exercises with the Danish crew of the ship HMS Triton last week when the ship was docked in Iceland. The Icelandic Coast Guard cooperates closely with the Royal Danish Navy and such exercises are carried out on a regular basis...
Around 10,000 members of the Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) will go on strike next week after the action was approved by vote. A total of 94.6 percent of the members who voted in favor of the action. The vote ended at midnight last night.
Arriving at Keflavík International Airport from Norway, four-year-old Chichuahua Tutzy was refused entry to Iceland due to the ongoing strike among veterinarians, who usually inspect animals arriving in the country along with the necessary permits.
The vote among members of the Federation of General and Special Workers in Iceland (SGS) on whether or not to participate in strikes, which ends at midnight tonight, surged after news that board members of HB Grandi seafood company received a 33 percent wage increase.
The younger brother of the two who got stuck in the drain below the manmade waterfall of the dam Reykdalsstífla in Hafnarfjörður on Tuesday last week has been discharged from hospital.