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Saudi Arabia to Give USD 1 Million to Build Reykjavík Mosque

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...

Blind Photography Competition Launched

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.

Books

School Project Makes Reading Cool Again

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.”

Viking Squad

Special Forces Arrest Armed Woman in South Iceland

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,...

Supreme Court of Iceland

Calls to Strengthen Restraining Order Law

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...

Viking Squad

Special Police Unit Called Out Weekly

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...

Ambulance

Reykjavík Emergency Department Extra Busy

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.

Grímsey

Future of Grímsey ‘Mostly Political Decision’

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.

Heckler & Koch MP5

Guns Worth ISK 16 Million Bought in Ten Years

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.

Money - Icelandic Króna

Three Quarters Want Government to Buy Tax Evader Data

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.

Tourists in Reykjavík in winter

Another Tourism Record in Iceland

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.

Women with their babies in Reykjavík

Up to 12 Percent of Children Unimmunized

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.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon, 2014

New System to Reduce Prejudice towards Asylum Seekers

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...

Vík

Search and Rescue Find Lost Tourist

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.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Iceland Sends Condolences to Denmark

Icelandic officials were among those sending condolences to Danish authorities yesterday because of the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen last weekend. Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson will send a formal letter to his Danish counterpart. He used to live on the street where...

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