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Anti-government protest in Reykjavík

Protest outside Parliament Draws 1,500

Around 1,500 people gathered in Austurvöllur square in front of Alþingi, Iceland’s parliament, yesterday evening to protest the government’s actions. The state of the healthcare system was at the top of protesters’ agenda.

Reykjavík domestic airport

Ground Broken for Air Traffic Control Center Expansion

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir and Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson broke ground in a ceremony to mark the commencement of expansions at Reykjavík Airport on Friday. The airport is being expanded to accommodate a larger air traffic control center, run by Isavia.

City Grants Kids without ID Number School Entry

The City of Reykjavík’s school and recreation committee approved on Wednesday a change in the rules which would allow children without Icelandic social security numbers or a legal registered address in the capital to go to kindergarten.

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Court Rules No Evidence of Sex Trafficking

Reykjavík District Court found no evidence that human trafficking was involved in the suspected cases of purchasing sex reported yesterday, which is currently being handled by the court.

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Iceland to Return Guns if Not Gift from Norway

The heads of the Reykjavík police and the Icelandic Coast Guard met with the Judicial Affairs and Education Committee of the Icelandic Parliament yesterday to answer questions about the import of roughly 300 submachine guns from Norway.

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Forty Accused of Purchasing Sex

Forty individuals have been accused of purchasing sex. According to the website of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, if convicted, the accused face fines or imprisonment of up to one year.

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Leak Affair: IPI Condemns Iceland Libel Case

The International Press Institute (IPI) released a statement yesterday condemning the libel case of Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, against DV journalists Jón Bjarki Magnússon and Jóhann Páll Jóhannsson in the ‘leak affair.’

Keflavík International Airport

First Ebola Scare in Iceland

The Icelandic Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management received a notice at 13:13 pm today that an airplane had landed at Keflavík International Airport because a person onboard was possibly infected with Ebola. It was later confirmed that this was not the case.

Landspítali National University Hospital

ER Busy as Iceland’s Doctors Strike Again

Patients at the emergency room of Landspítali National University Hospital had to wait to be treated longer than usual last night because some of the doctors working there were on strike. Doctors working at the hospital’s intensive care unit, operating room, anesthetic and gerontology wards...

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Half-Naked Man Naps in Store, Chats with Car Seat

The police were called to a store in Reykjavík earlier this week in response to a report of peculiar behavior of a young man. The man, who was only wearing pants and socks, had lain down to sleep in the store. He later began to converse with the seat of the police car.

Alþingi parliament

Icelanders Don’t Trust Politicians or Bankers

The public’s faith in politics and banks seems not to have been restored in Iceland since the 2008 economic collapse. In a new survey by MMR, 54.7 percent of respondents stated they had little faith in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, and 66.8 percent had little faith in the banking system....

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Defendants in SPRON Case Maintain Innocence

Rannveig Rist and Jóhann Ásgeir Baldurs, former board members of savings bank SPRON, both maintained their innocence when the special prosecutor’s case against them opened in Reykjavík District Court this morning. The case involves a ISK 2 billion loan.

Increase in Child Poverty in Iceland

Poverty among children during the period 2008 to 2012 has increased most in Iceland out of the OECD countries, according to a new UNICEF report entitled Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries.

Iceland Tops Global Gender Gap Index Again

In the World Economic Forum’s recently-released Global Gender Gap Report 2014, Iceland tops the ranking of the world’s nations with the smallest gender gap for the sixth year in a row. Nordic nations take up the first five seats of the index.

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