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Woman Arrested on Suspicion of Manslaughter

A woman was arrested in Hafnarfjörður, outside Reykjavík yesterday, on suspicion of having stabbed her partner in the chest, causing his death. She was brought before a judge at Reykjanes District Court and was handed a custody sentence valid until February 23.

Vadlaheidi tunnel.

North Iceland Tunnel behind Schedule

The tunnel through Vaðlaheiði connecting Akureyri and Húsavík in Northeast Iceland is half-finished. The tunnel was originally supposed to open in December 2016 but the opening has now been postponed until spring 2017.

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Prostitution often Connected to Trafficking in Iceland

Prostitution connected with trafficking is common in Iceland, according to the results of Heiða Björk Vignisdóttir’s 2014 Master’s thesis in law on the connections of prostitution and trafficking with organized crime in Iceland. Fréttablaðið has been covering the issue of trafficking in Iceland...

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One Billion Rising against Violence in Iceland

The initiative One Billion Rising, organized by UN WOMEN to end violence against women, will take place across Iceland today at 12 noon with dancing in Reykjavík in the southwest, Akureyri in the northeast, Ísafjörður in the West Fjords and Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords.

Over 5,000 Child Welfare Cases Reported to 112

The national emergency number Neyðarlínan 112 received 5,000 notifications relating to child welfare in the first ten years since cooperation between Neyðarlínan and the Government Office for Child Protection began, according to Landsbjörg search and rescue services.

Flood in Ísafjörður, February 2015

More than ISK 100 Million in Flood Damage

The damage caused by flooding in Ísafjörður, the West Fjords, over the weekend is estimated to be worth more than ISK 100 million (USD 754,000, EUR 666,000), as reported on the Bylgjan radio news.

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Support for EU Accession Unchanged

Roughly one third, or 33.3 percent of Icelanders, want to join the European Union, according to the latest MMR poll, published today. The result is similar to one year ago when a survey indicated that 32.3 percent of Icelanders wanted to join the EU.

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Ten Possible Trafficking Cases Reported to Police

Up to ten possible cases of trafficking have been reported to police since Fréttablaðið began covering the issue last month. The paper has ran a series of articles on the issue including a list of possible signs of trafficking. Police in the Southwest Iceland region of Suðurnes usually work on...

Police Capture Polar Bear in Reykjavík

The Reykjavík Metropolitan police undertook a dangerous operation on Thursday when they responded to a notification of the presence of a polar bear in the suburb of Vesturbær.

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Sixty Youngsters Stuck in Bus Overnight

The search and rescue team from Hólmavík in the West Fjords’ Strandir region is helping to transfer 60 teenagers from the high school in Sauðarkrókur to another bus after their coach got stuck on Road 61 last night when the road collapsed on both sides of the vehicle in heavy flooding. The...

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Agreement Reached in Leak Affair

Gísli Freyr Valdórsson, former assistant to former Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, and an Icelandic woman who was named in the confidential document leaked by Gísli to the media in 2013 have reached an agreement in the paying of damage claims by Gísli to the woman.

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Do you Wanna Build a Snowman?

Winters are perfect for a lot of things. It is pretty good for freezing, which helps if you want to go skating on the Reykjavík Pond. Building snowmen is another great thing that is hard to do in summer.

Asylum Seekers Protest Long Wait in Iceland

A group of asylum seekers protested the long processing time of their applications for asylum in Iceland outside the Ministry of the Interior yesterday. Among protestors was Feriane Amrouni, a single mother of three from Algeria, who has waited almost two years for a response.

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Fire in Reykjavík Apartment Complex

A small apartment complex in Hörðaland in Fossvogur in Reykjavík was evacuated last night due to a fire which had started in the basement apartment. Two people were taken to the emergency room because of smoke inhalation.

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Woman Saved from Burning Apartment

Firefighters in Reykjavík were called out shortly before noon today because of a fire in an apartment in Mánatún in an apartment complex the center of the capital. A woman, who was alone in the apartment, was rescued and taken to the emergency room.

Ásatrú Association conducting a ceremony at Þingvellir

Ásatrú Temple to be Built in Reykjavík

Construction of the first main temple of the Ásatrú religion to be built in 1,000 years will begin in March. The temple will be located in Öskjuhlíð in Reykjavík, a forested hill popular for recreation on which landmark building Perlan (‘The Pearl’) stands.

Houses in Reykjavík

Over Six Thousand Icelanders Live in Severe Poverty

Roughly 6,200 people in Iceland currently live in severe poverty, ruv.is reports. The Ministry of Social Affairs’s Welfare Watch has proposed an increase in child benefits of ISK 4 billion (USD 30 million, EUR 26.5 million) per year and define the minimum support limit.

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