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March 13, 2008

Recent Icelandic Art Exhibited in New York

The exhibition “From Another Shore: Recent Icelandic Art,” featuring work by 19 contemporary Icelandic artists who have been prominent in the last two decades, will open at the Scandinavia House – the Nordic Center in America on May 2.

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Today is Easter Monday

Easter Monday is a bank holiday and the last day of the Easter celebration in Iceland. It is known as Annar í páskum (“The second day of Easter”) in Icelandic and also commemorates the resurrection of Christ.

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Icelandic Actress to Star in New BBC Comedy

A new culinary-inspired comedy series for the British TV station BBC Comedy is currently in preparations starring Icelandic actress Helga Braga Jónsdóttir as an Icelandic housewife living in North England.

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Singles Allowed to Undergo Artificial Insemination

Minister of Health Gudlaugur Thór Thórdarson hinted in his reply to an inquiry from Left-Green MP Kolbrún Halldórsdóttir in Althingi Parliament last week that single women in Iceland would soon be given permission to undergo artificial insemination.

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Today is Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday, Páskadagur (“Easter Day”), Christians celebrate the resurrection of Christ. In Iceland people have roast meat for dinner, often lamb, and enjoy chocolate Easter eggs.

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New Tunnel Planned for North Iceland

The Icelandic government has added a tunnel through Mt. Vadlaheidi, between Akureyri and Húsavík in northeast Iceland, as a priority to the current plans for transportation improvement, and it is hoped that construction will begin next fall.

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John Fogerty to Play in Iceland

Former front man of Creedence Clearwater Revival John Fogerty, who has written songs like “Down on the Corner” and “Proud Mary,” will perform in concert with his band in Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík at the end of May.

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Further Support for Organic Farming in Iceland

Minister of Agriculture Einar K. Gudfinnsson said last week that in light of criticism of a lack of financial support for organic farming and increasing demands for organic products, the state’s policy towards this type of agriculture may be reviewed.

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Icelandic Viagra in the West Fjords

Merchant Sigurdur Sigurdsson, a.k.a. Siggi blóma, will take over the operations of remote tourist center Dalbaer on Snaefjallaströnd beach in Ísafjardardjúp fjord in the West Fjords next summer and plans to sell Viagra, made from Icelandic herbs.

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