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July 25, 2011

Itunes Comes to Iceland

ipodtouchApple has opened an “iOS App Store” and a “Mac App Store” in Iceland, in addition to 32 other countries. Icelandic residents are able to buy access to the iTunes music website through the “App Store.”

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Sex Crime Unit Understaffed

districtcourtnvestigators working for the state’s Sex Crime Unit take approximately 112 days to investigate sex crimes; in 2008 District Attorney Valtýr Sigurdsson declared the unit would not take more than 60 days to investigate individual sexual offenses unless further data from specialists is required.

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Icelandair Plane Struck by Lightning

icelandair-flugvel_psAn Icelandair plane was struck by lightning when it landed in Paris Charles de Gaulle on Saturday afternoon; the plane landed safely and none of the 150 passengers were injured. Several planes were hit by lightning in France over the weekend.

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The Heart of the Community

hveragerdi_070307_21The Eden Greenhouse and Nursery fire marked the end of an era for the community of Hveragerdi in south Iceland; in the last few years somewhere between four to five hundred thousand visitors came to Eden, Icelanders and foreigners alike.

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Minute’s Silence For Norway

norway-icelandPrime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir encourages all Icelandic residents to participate in a minute’s silence to honor the memory of the victims who fell prey to the tragic events of Friday last; the minute of silence is to be at 10 am local time or 12 pm Norwegian time. Prime ministers of the other Nordic countries have encouraged their citizens to do the same.

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Schlampenmärsche in Island

laugavegur_bvDie ersten isländischen Druslugöngur (Schlampenmärsche) fanden am Samstag in Reykjavík, Akureyri, Ísarfjördur und Reykjanesbaer statt. Mit Schlampenmärschen, die auch Slutwalks genannt werden, sollen die Vorurteile gegenüber Opfern von sexuellen Übergriffen angeprangert werden.

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Fähre Baldur

herjolfur-landeyjahofn_psEin Jahr nach der Eröffnung des Hafens Landeyjarhöfn wird die Fähre Herjólfur ersetzt. Die Fähre Baldur, die bisher den Fjord Breidafjördur befuhr, wird künftig die Passagiere auf die Westmännerinseln transportieren.

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