First Issues and Images of 2009 Arrives

The first issue of the free magazine I&I – Issues and Images of Iceland this year has been published, featuring the highlights of Iceland’s political, cultural and economic life, including a profile of Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir, the new PM.

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Icelandic Author Honored in Norway

Icelandic author Hallgrímur Helgason recently turned 50 and to celebrate his birthday, the House of Literature in Oslo held an event dedicated to him on Thursday last week. Young Norwegian author Johan Harstad talked with Helgason on stage at the occasion.

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Iceland Gets Norwegian Central Banker

Svein Harald Oeygard, a Norwegian economist, has been hired as interim governor of the Central Bank of Iceland. The Althingi parliament passed a bill on changes to the bank’s senior management yesterday, making its previous governors redundant.

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Iceland’s Former PM: Oddson’s Criticism not Personal

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Geir H. Haarde said he did not take the criticism of his government by former governor and chairman of the Central Bank Davíd Oddsson personally. Oddsson said in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós on Tuesday that he had repeatedly warned Haarde’s government about the imminent economic collapse.

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