Icelandair to Create 200 Jobs

icelandair-flugvel_psIcelandair will increase scheduled flights next year by 17 percent. The airline will fly to 31 destinations, which is a record. The increased flights are estimated to create 200 jobs directly related to Icelandair’s operations, in addition to related jobs in tourism.

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Naughty Sheep Won’t Leave the Mountains

sheep_psIt has been unusually warm in Iceland this fall, to most people’s delight. However, some farmers are not as happy as it has proven a struggle to herd their sheep down from the mountains. While the grass is green the sheep want to stay in highland pastures.

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Iceland Takes German Literature Market by Storm

books_psContracts have been made on the publishing of around 100 works of literature in Germany in the next 12 months that will be translated from Icelandic or feature Iceland. The first press conference in relation to Iceland being the guest of honor at the 2011 Frankfurt Book Fair was held on Thursday.

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Reykjavík City Starts Imagine Peace Culture Fund

imaginepeacetower_psReykjavík City Council agreed at its meeting yesterday to establish a culture fund entitled ‘Imagine Peace – Reykjavík’. Its purpose is to support and strengthen cultural work which to some extent reflects the values on which Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower on Videy island is based.

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Icelandic MP: Why Support Artists?

asbjorn-ottarsson_althingiWhen MPs discussed the 2011 budget bill in parliament on Wednesday, MP for the Independence Party Ásbjörn Óttarsson said he didn’t understand why artists were being supported, asking: “Why can’t they get a job like normal people?”

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