Icelandic Musicians Perform at Danish Spot

Two Icelandic bands, Celestine and Hjaltalín, and singer-songwriter Hafdís Huld of Gus Gus, are scheduled to perform during Danish music festival Spot, held between June 5 and 7, presenting a mix of recent Danish and other Nordic bands, as well as more established international acts.

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Alcoa Reaches Greenland

The Greenlandic parliament has agreed to further investigate the feasibility of constructing an Alcoa aluminum smelter in Greenland. American aluminum company Alcoa also operates a smelter in Iceland, in Reydarfjördur in the East Fjords.

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CIA Supports Icelandic Overseas Art Projects

The Center for Icelandic Art (CIA) granted the creators of 11 art projects funds worth ISK 3.2 million (USD 41,000, EUR 26,000) in total last week. The artists also received ISK 300,000 (USD 3,900, EUR 2,500) in traveling allowances from airline Iceland Express.

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Icelandic Bill on Debt Adjustment Proposed

A bill on debt adjustment is likely to be put before Iceland’s Althingi parliament next winter. The bill is meant to assist individuals who carry heavy debt and have trouble paying their bills. This type of debt relief is already practiced in the other Nordic countries.

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Drug-Related Deaths in Iceland on the Rise

Deaths related to intravenous drugs in Iceland have increased vastly, according to physicians. Last year six individuals died because of that type of drug abuse, 38 percent of intravenous drug abusers admitted to the National Hospital’s intensive care unit.

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Nearly 50 Million Liters of Gas Exported from Iceland

Approximately 46 million liters of gasoline, which Finnish oil company Neste Oil had stored in oil tanks belonging to Icelandic oil distribution company Olíudreifing in Hvalfjördur fjord, west Iceland, since December, were sent to the US on Wednesday where it will be sold with high estimated profits.

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