Saudi Arabia’s new ambassador to Iceland, Ibrahim S. I Alibrahim, who is based in Stockholm, told the President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, at their first meeting today that the Saudi government would provide USD 1 million (ISK 135 million) in funding for the construction of Iceland's...
A new Icelandic photography competition was introduced at lunchtime today. The main requirement for entry into the competition is that the photographer must be legally registered as blind or vision impaired.
Þórhildur Garðarsdóttir admits to having been slightly depressed by the results of the European PISA children’s education survey, “so I thought about what I could do about it as a parent and as an employee of a publishing house.”
Fourteen years after the Association of Muslims in Iceland first applied for land to build a mosque in Reykjavík, a competition has been launched to find out what the building should look like.
The first episode of a new two-part documentary program Stöð 2 television channel profiling members of Iceland’s Muslim community was broadcast on Monday night.
The special forces of the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police were called out shortly before noon today to assist the police in Selfoss, South Iceland, because of a woman who was armed with a shotgun, standing on the balcony of an apartment complex and aiming at pedestrians. Earlier,...
The notorious Icelandic naming committee has given the girl’s name Eivör the green light, meaning that fans of the Faroese songstress Eivør Pálsdóttir can now name their daughters in tribute.
It is increasingly important to for Iceland to give restraining order laws sharper teeth, as well as strengthening laws preventing people being thrown out of home by partners or other housemates, according to seven organizations that delivered a critical report to the Ministry for the Interior...
Iceland needs a dedicated reception center for asylum seekers, according to acting head of the Directorate of Immigration, Þorsteinn Gunnarsson.
The Special Unit of the National Police Commissioner, Iceland’s counter-terrorism unit, specializing in various types of armed and unarmed infantry combat, has been called out on average once per week over the past four years, as stated in a new security report from the National Commissioner’s...
Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr assisted in the rescue of 284 refugees in the Mediterranean on Tuesday. A total of 184 refugees were rescued from two small dinghies north of the Libyan coast.
The emergency department at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík has experienced a spike in traffic in recent days due to a peak in flu cases as well as accidents due to icy conditions.
The situation in the labor market on the island of Grímsey, which lies on the Arctic Circle to the north of Akureyri, North Iceland, is critical, according to Mayor of Akureyri Eiríkur Björn Björgvinsson. Grímsey is part of Akureyrarbær municipality.
Police were called to a summerhouse in West Iceland last weekend after a young couple’s trip turned out to be more than they bargained for.
The Icelandic police purchased ISK 16 million (USD 120,000, EUR 106,000) in guns over the past ten years, as revealed in a reply to a request for information on Iceland’s stock of weapons and the carrying of them by police by MP for the Left-Greens Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
Seventy-five percent of Icelanders want the Icelandic Directorate of Tax Investigations to purchase the data documenting tax evasion by individuals with links to Iceland offered by a whistleblower, according to a new poll by MMR published yesterday.
Sixteen thousand more tourists visited Iceland last month than in January 2014, an increase of 34.5 percent. One in three of the 62,700 foreign tourists who visited Iceland in January came from the UK, or 21,686 in total, followed by 9,377 visitors from the U.S., and 3,206 from France.
Five to ten percent of children in Iceland are not immunized, as revealed by Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson in response to a question by MP for the Progressive Party Jóhanna María Sigmundsdóttir.
Changes that were made to the organization of services to asylum seekers last year were designed to reduce prejudice against them, Mayor of Reykjanesbær Kjartan Már Kjartansson stated. A recent survey concluded that residents of the municipality have a negative attitude towards the asylum...
Members of search and rescue Víkverji in Vík in South Iceland were called out on Monday evening after a foreign tourist didn’t board a bus he had booked a fare with. The man had intended to hike across Reynisfjall mountain and walk Reynisfjara beach earlier in the day.
Iceland was represented by Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson and Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson at a memorial ceremony in Copenhagen yesterday evening, held to honor the victims of last weekend’s terrorist attacks.
The attitude of inhabitants in Reykjanesbær in Southwest Iceland, where the majority of asylum seekers in Iceland live and where a hostel housing some asylum seekers is located, are more negative than that of inhabitants in the capital region, a recent survey concluded. They believe the asylum...