Two Crime Authors Feature Reykjavík Chess Duel

einvigid_ai-coverA new novel by the popular Icelandic crime author Arnaldur Indridason hit the Icelandic market last week. Entitled Einvígid (“The Duel”), it features the historic match between chess grandmasters Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky in Reykjavík in 1972. By coincidence, another crime author, Óttar M. Nordfjörd, covers the same topic in his new book.

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Bakkavör Group Remains Iceland’s Largest Company

fv08-09-2011-forsidaIcelandic business magazine Frjáls verslun’s annual listing of Iceland’s 300 largest companies was published last week, concluding that for the third year in a row, Bakkavör Group, a provider of food products, tops the list with ISK 293 billion (USD 2.5 billion, EUR 1.9 billion) in annual income in 2010.

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New Photo Books on Iceland Published

yfirsyn_ss-coverOne of Iceland’s leading photographers, Sigurgeir Sigurjónsson, recently released a collection of aerial photographs of the country, entitled Yfirsýn (“Overview”), with foreword in Icelandic, English and German by author Gudmundur Andri Thorsson. Also, Dutch photographer Dolf Middelhoff published two books about Iceland.

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Promote Iceland and Icelandair Win Marketing Award

inspired-by-iceland_screen-shotJón Ásbergsson, managing director of Promote Iceland, was named the best marketing campaigner of 2011 by ÍMARK, the association of Icelandic marketing companies, at a celebratory ceremony at the Hilton Nordica Hotel in Reykjavík on Thursday. Icelandair was named best company in marketing.

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Icelandic Chess Hopeful Beats Latvian Grandmaster

chess-board_pkThe European Chess Championship commenced in Porto Carres, Greece, yesterday where 38 nations participate in the open category. Hjörvar Steinn Grétarsson, who is 18 and one of Iceland’s most promising chess players, beat Latvian grandmaster Alexei Shirov, who plays for Spain, in the first round.

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