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Norwegians Help Single Icelandic Father

Almost 300 Norwegians have in the past days offered donations to Hagbarður Valsson, a single father of four originally from Iceland. Hagbarður’s fiancé Guðrún Guðmunda Sigurðardóttir died suddenly last year when she was seven months pregnant.

A cargo ship with containers.

Twenty Containers Fall into Ocean

Twenty containers, which were being transported by Eimskip vessel Dettifoss en route to Iceland, fell into the ocean 85 nautical miles northwest of the Faroe Islands last night when the ship was hit by rogue waves.

TF-LIF Icelandic Coastguard Helicopter

Carcasses of Dead Horses Free from Icy Pond

The carcasses of all 12 horses who were found in the frozen Bessastaðatjörn pond, near Reykjavík, yesterday, have been freed from the ice. Divers broke through the ice and a helicopter from Reykjavík Helicopters heaved the dead horses out of the pond.

'Apartheid' cocktail.

‘Apartheid’ Cocktail Wreaks Havoc in Iceland

A cocktail called ‘Apartheid’ has been removed from the menu of Icelandair Hotel Marina and the hotel’s owner has apologized for it having been on offer in the first place, after facing criticism in the foreign media yesterday, including in stories on CNBC and Time.

TF-LIF Icelandic Coastguard Helicopter

Emergency Coastguard Helicopter Takes Three Hours

A crewmember on board the freezing trawler Örfirisey RE suffered a heart attack on 5th December and it took a coastguard helicopter some three hours to come and get him, because the helicopter had been on a mission for the civil protection agency at the Bárðarbunga volcano site.

A screenshot from a video showing a Sunday Times journalist driving off-road in Iceland.

Sunday Times Journalist Drives Off-Road in Iceland

A Sunday Times journalist has been caught driving off-road in Iceland. The journalist was testing the new Land Rover Discovery Sport for the car manufacturer, who will continue to fly foreign journalists to Iceland for this purpose in the next six weeks.

Syrian refugee children

Icelandic Filmmaker Not Working for IS, His Family Says

The family of the Icelandic filmmaker, who, according to a Syrian defector from IS (aka ISIS) has been working for the terrorist organization, as stated in an article in The New York Review of Books by Sarah Birke, has come forward, saying he is not involved with IS.

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Icelandic Filmmaker Working for IS Terrorists?

Journalist Sarah Birke, The Economist’s Middle-East correspondent, maintains in her article ‘How ISIS Rules,’ published in The New York Review of Books yesterday, that an Icelandic citizen is working as a filmmaker for the terrorist organization in Syria.

Týr docked at the harbor in Sicily earlier this month.

Icelandic Ship Rescues 400 Refugees in Med

The Icelandic Coast Guard vessel Týr rescued 408 refugees from a tramp steamer 165 nautical miles east of Malta yesterday morning. This is the second time in the past week that the ship rescues a large group of refugees in the Mediterranean.

gavel as used in courts

Leak Affair: Newspaper Insists on Settling

Journalists at newspaper DV Jóhann Páll Jóhannsson and Jón Bjarki Magnússon said in a press release over the weekend that the paper’s owners had insisted on settling the case brought against them by Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, who used to be a political assistant to Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, who...

A cargo ship with containers.

Icelandic Red Cross Sending Clothes for Ukraine Refugees

“I have seen people well up when they see how much care has been put into what has been sent and that makes a real difference,” says Þórir Guðmundsson, head of relief aid at the Icelandic Red Cross, about the response to Icelandic clothing parcels in Belarus.

Reykjavík with Hallgrímskirkja in the background

Iceland More Corrupt than Other Nordic Nations

In the new Corruption Perception Index, Iceland is ranked as the world’s 12th least corrupt nation, far lower than the other Nordic nations. The index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be.

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Icelanders’ Trust in Media Down

Trust in all Icelandic media outlets, with the exception of DV, has decreased, according to a new poll conducted by MMR. Fourteen and a half percent of respondents said they trusted DV “a lot” compared to 10 percent a year ago.

Reykjavík cemetry

No Place for the Dead in Reykjavík

Within six to eight years the graveyards in the capital area will be completely full, according to Þórsteinn Ragnarsson, director of the service company for graveyards in Reykjavík, Kirkjugarðar Reykjavíkurprófastsdæma.

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