State and City to Lend ISK 730 Million to Harpa

harpa-opening01_goThe Icelandic state and Reykjavík City have agreed to lend ISK 730 million (USD 6.4 million, EUR 4.6 million) to Austurhöfn-TR, the owner of the concert and conference center Harpa. The state holds a 54 percent stake in the company, while the city owns 46 percent; the loan will be split accordingly.

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Bishop’s Son Believes Sister Has False Memories

ekki-lita-undan_eh-geo_coverSkúli Sigurdur Ólafsson, the son of late Bishop Ólafur Skúlason and brother of Gudrún Ebba Ólafsdóttir, who accuses their father of sexual abuse in the recently-released book Ekki líta undan, released a statement on Monday saying that Ólafsdóttir has false memories of the alleged abuse.

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Keine weiteren Parties in der Harpa

harpa-opening05_goIn der neuen Reykjavíker Konzerthalle Harpa wird es keine weiteren Feste, Parties und Jahrestage (isl. árshátíd) mehr geben, da diese Festivitäten zu oft als exzessive Saufgelage enden und parallel stattfindende Konzerte stören.

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Mysteriöses weisses Pulver bei TV-Sender

white-powder_ruvNachdem am Freitag ein merkwürdiger Brief aus Marokko bei Islands nationalem TV-Sender RÚV in Reykjavík eingegangen war, hatte man die Polizei alarmiert. Der Brief war an den Intendanten Páll Magnússon adressiert gewesen und enthielt ein weisses Pulver.

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Foreign Minister Appoints EU Consultation Group

eutalksgroup_agust-salvor-gudni_mfaMinister for Foreign Affairs Össur Skarphédinsson appointed yesterday philosopher Salvör Nordal, who is chair of the University of Iceland Institute of Ethics, as chairperson of a consultation group in connection with Iceland’s accession talks with the European Union.

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