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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.

Jón Gnarr

Jón Gnarr Finally Gets to Change Name

Former Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr says he will finally get to change his name now that he has moved to the United States, visir.is reports. As reported, Jón Gnarr has been trying to get his legal name changed from Jón Gunnar Kristinsson to Jón Gnarr, which he has gone by since he was a child.

Innovative sheep roundup.

Video: Sheep Roundup on Skis with Toboggan

Farmers in the scarcely-populated Árneshreppur in the northeastern West Fjords had to resort to unusual sheep roundup measures while fetching leftover sheep from the wilderness late last month, including skiing with one sheep in a toboggan in tow.

Malawi floods, January 2015

Iceland Donates ISK 10 Million to Malawi Flood Response

Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson announced that Iceland would provide UNICEF ISK 10 million (USD 75,000, EUR 66,000) in humanitarian assistance to Malawi in light of recent floods in the country. The floods are said to be the worst in Malawi, which has a population of 16...

Kristinn Hrafnsson

WikiLeaks Spokesperson Criticizes Google for Handing FBI Emails

WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson, who is Icelandic, has described the handing of his emails and those of two other journalists by Google to the FBI as a gross violation against journalism, ruv.is reports. The information was provided via a secret court order.

Supreme Court of Iceland

Court Drops Restraining Orders

The Supreme Court of Iceland has dropped a restraining order against a man who has been suspected of having physically abused his former partner. The man has sent pornographic videos of the woman to her friends and colleagues.

Stolen Bengal Cats Arrive Home

The three missing Bengal cats, which were stolen from the farm Nátthagi in Ölfus, South Iceland, last week have returned home. The Reykjavík Metropolitan Police found the thief and collected the cats from a house in Reykjavík last night.

Police car

Increase in Reported Cases of Trafficking in Iceland

There has been an increase in the number of suspected cases of trafficking reported to the police in Iceland in recent years. Most cases are defined as labor trafficking relating to the construction industry, cleaning companies, the tourism industry and other areas of work. There are also cases...

People hiking

Iceland’s Population Approaches 330,000

Iceland’s population reached 329,040 at the end of last year, an increase of 870 on the year prior. Five hundred and sixty more children were born than the number of individuals who died last year. Three hundred and twenty more people moved to Iceland than moved away.

bengal cat

Kiss Me Got Away from Iceland Cat Thief

One of the four purebred Bengal cats that were stolen from the farm Nátthagi in Ölfus, South Iceland, the day before yesterday managed to escape the thief and was found by his owner, Ólafur Sturla Njálsson, yesterday evening. It was the male cat Kiss Me.

Bengal cat.

Four Bengal Cats Stolen in Iceland

Four purebred Bengal cats were stolen from a shed at the farm Nátthagi in Ölfus yesterday. The cats’ owner, Ólafur Sturla Njálsson, who has bred Bengals at the farm for years, said he had noticed at 2 am that the lock on door to the shed to had been broken up.

Reykjavík with Hallgrímskirkja in the background

City of Reykjavík to Provide Service to Refugees

Minister of Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir and Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson signed an agreement on Tuesday on city authorities being responsible for facilitating and assisting two groups of refugees who were offered asylum in the country by the Icelandic government.

Doctors

Doctors in Iceland Accept New Wage Contract

The vast majority of the members of the Icelandic Medical Association, 90 percent, voted in favor of the new wage contract with the state in an online vote which concluded at midnight on Friday. The contract has been published on the association’s website.

Reykjavík marina

Woman Saved from Ocean in Critical Condition

A woman was saved from the ocean yesterday morning after her car ran off the pier at Miðbakki harbor in Reykjavík. She was taken to the Landspítali National University Hospital emergency room and the doctor on duty described her condition as critical.

A cargo ship with containers.

Icelandic Freighter Crew Victims of Cold War?

Icelandic journalist Óttar Sveinsson is planning to apply for access to the Royal Navy’s documents on the sinking of an Icelandic freighter, causing the death of six men, in 1986 once the confidentiality will be lifted late next year, 30 years after the accident.

Toys in a playground.

Iceland Shaken Baby Syndrome Case Reopened?

Dr. Waney Squier, a professor in neuropathology at Oxford University, stated on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós on Wednesday that the traditional diagnosis for shaken baby syndrome is obsolete and that the findings of the autopsy of a nine-month-old boy who died in...

Three Month Wait at Alcohol and Drug Clinic

As of January 10, there were 150 people on the waiting list for a place at National Center of Addiction Medicine’s (SÁA) treatment clinic, according to Þórarinn Tyrfingsson, chief physician at Vogur clinic.

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City and Police to Counteract Domestic Violence

Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson and Chief of the Reykjavík Metropolitan Police Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir signed an agreement on joint measures to counteract domestic violence and improve services and work methods when dealing with such cases on Monday.

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