While the government has announced that there isn’t room for improving the wages of other professions to the same extent as doctors—their basic salaries are said to have increased by at least 20 percent—other healthcare workers and labor union leaders disagree.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, acting Minister of Finance Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, chair of the Icelandic Medical Association Þorbjörn Jónsson and chair of the Association of Icelandic Surgeons Kristín Huld Haraldsdóttir signed a...
A total of 28 individuals received asylum in Iceland in 2014, up from 11 in 2013, while five individuals received protection on humanitarian grounds, compared to one in 2013.
Between 300 and 500 people attended a vigil outside the French Embassy in Reykjavík last night in memory of the victims of the attack on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on Wednesday and to rally in support of free speech.
A rally will be held outside the French Embassy in Reykjavík at Túngata 22 in downtown Reykjavík at 6 pm today to remember for the victims of the terrorist attack at the offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday.
Iceland’s president, prime minister, foreign minister and Reykjavík’s mayor have joined leaders around the world in sending condolences to France after the terrorist attack at the offices of magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris yesterday.
Representatives of the Association of Surgeons in Iceland and the Icelandic state signed a wage agreement at around 00:30 am last night after 14 hours of consecutive talks. Further strikes planned by surgeons, who have been striking on and off since November 4, have been called off.
The City of Reykjavík, the Icelandic Student Agency (FS) and University of Iceland signed a declaration of intent on Monday on the construction of 650 new apartments for students on the University of Iceland’s main campus and in the university’s vicinity in the next five years.
A total of 92 member associations of ICE-SAR (the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue) with 2,468 volunteers participated in 1,500 operations in 2014, including the highland watch, responding to 12,194 callouts, as stated in a press release from ICE-SAR.
Mayor of Ísafjörður Gísli Halldór Halldórsson has said that the town will not accept liability relating to the dioxin pollution in Engidalur valley near Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, from the incinerator Funi despite the fact that the municipality will participate in compensating farmers in the...
A group of 13 refugees from Syria will arrive in Iceland in the next few weeks. In the group are adults and children with disabilities.
The negotiation committees of the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state signed a new wage contract between 3 and 4 am last night after 14 continuous hours of talks. The strike among doctors has been canceled.
It is hoped that an agreement can be reached in the wage dispute between the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state tomorrow or on Thursday. Doctors are currently on strike and will not resume work until Friday unless an agreement is reached by then.
Doctors in Iceland have launched a new series of strikes, starting at midnight. They will not resume work until after four days. The latest meeting between the delegations of the Icelandic Medical Association and the Icelandic state ended at 3 am last night.
A man who lost three fingers in a fireworks accident on New Year’s Eve 2013 has now filed a lawsuit against the sales agent, the agent’s insurance company and the minister of justice. He believes the firework was faulty and holds both the importer and state responsible.
Cardiac surgeon Tómas Guðbjartsson, a professor and senior physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, was voted Person of the Year by listeners of Rás 2 radio station on Wednesday. Tómas and his team recently saved a man who had been stabbed in the heart.
A girl born at 3:54 am at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík was the first baby to arrive in Iceland in 2015. The girl weighed approximately 3 kilos (7 pounds) and measured 49 centimeters (20 inches). Both the mother and baby were in good form after the delivery.
It was the night before Christmas when Vífill Valgeirsson woke up. He was in bed with his wife and everything was still on the farmhouse Bjarg in Eyjafjörður, close to Akureyri. Suddenly, his dreams were interrupted when he smelled smoke and felt extremely warm.
The Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr is towing a tramp steamer which was abandoned by its crew off the southeast coast of Italy with 450 people, thought to be from Syria, onboard.
The ticking of a clock from one year to the next can make us all look forward with change in mind. Erla Kristinsdóttir did just this. She made a new year’s resolution for the first time and what she decided involved ribbons, recognition and enriched not just her life but those of hundreds of...
A meeting between the delegations of doctors and the Icelandic state ended at 7:30 pm yesterday without a solution to the ongoing wage dispute. A new meeting was scheduled this morning. If the dispute remains unresolved, doctors will strike again in one week.
Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, who served as Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2007 when a report on the CIA’s extraordinary rendition flights in Iceland was carried out, denies that the report wasn’t thorough, even though there may be a reason to reopen the case.
So far this year, four persons have died in three car accidents in Iceland. Traffic-related deaths have never been fewer since they were first registered in 1966. Their number peaked in 1977 when 37 persons died in traffic.
Iceland’s capital has seen extensive snowfall this December, which has resulted in significant expenses for clearing snow and salting roads, estimated at ISK 150 million (USD 1.2 million, EUR 1.0 million) in December, totaling at ISK 500 million this year.