An Icelandic couple who named their daughter Alex Emma must pay ISK 1,437 (USD 10.46, EUR 9.64) in daily fines to the Icelandic state after the Icelandic Naming Committee rejected their request for having Alex accepted as a girl’s name. They intend to sue over the fining.
The website of Icelandic Njál’s Saga Center, njala.is, was hacked by someone operating in the name of terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), as reported yesterday. The organization’s flag and a message were posted on the website but have since been removed.
Shimon Samuels, Director for International Relations of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, wrote in a blog entry on Times of Israel on Monday, that “Iceland is more than its tourist posters of geysers, volcanoes, the singer Bjork and the Northern Lights. It has now stretched antisemitism to new outer...
Chair of the Association of Muslims in Iceland Ibrahim Sverrir Agnarsson stated that he had not heard of the USD 1 million (ISK 135.5 million) donation from the government of Saudi Arabia for the building of the association’s mosque in Reykjavík until contacted by RÚV’s journalists yesterday...
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.