Swindlers use Iceland in Sweepstakes Scam

winnerIt sounded too good to be true and indeed it was. An elderly gentleman from Virginia in the US was informed that he had won in the MTA Sweepstakes Lottery, 980,000 dollars, no small amount. Naturally the 81 year old man was overjoyed when he called to collect his winnings.

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Banks Own 2,000 Properties

landsbanki_2_psThe state-run Housing Financing Fund and the biggest three banks in Iceland now own 2,000 properties. Last year they overtook 1,641 properties in total. Currently they own 1,951 properties, of which 1,518 can be considered as accommodation and 234 as commercial housing. At the end of 2009 these parties owned 585 accommodation properties, Morgunbladid reported.

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Icelandic Prisons Overcrowded

fangavaktin-posterIcelandic prisons are overcrowded and felons whose time it is to serve sentences have been turned away temporarily in some instances. Three hundred convicted felons are now waiting to serve sentences, Fréttabladid reported. The state runs six prisons and at present 189 inmates are serving sentences in 150 cells. Of these, 177 are men and 12 women.

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Mehrheit der Isländer will Gespräche über EU-Beitritt fortsetzen

euro-centralbank_ipaFast zwei Drittel der Isländer, 65,4 Prozent, sind für den Abschluss der Beitrittsverhandlungen mit der Europäischen Union und für die Beitrittsvereinbarung, über die in einem nationalen Referendum abgestimmt werden soll. In einer vergleichbaren Umfrage der Tageszeitung Fréttabladid waren im September nur 64,2 Prozent der Isländer für den EU-Beitritt.

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Inflation Down to 1.8 percent

cpi_index_jan_2011Yesterday Statistics Iceland announced that 12-month inflation in Iceland had fallen below 2% for the first time since March 2004. Prices actually fell 0.9% in January as compared to December. The fall was higher than anticipated by banks which had forecast a price decrease of 0.5 to 0.8%.

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