New Icelandic Pharmaceuticals to Hit Market in 2013

robertgudfinnsson_psThe Icelandic pharmaceuticals company Genís is far ahead in the development of two types of medicine: to reduce swelling and increase bone density. A factory to mass produce these drugs will be built in Siglufjörður, North Iceland, and they are scheduled to hit the market in late 2013.

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Nigerian Women Apply for Asylum in Iceland

children-people-laugard_pkSo far this year, six women from Nigeria, who are either pregnant or with children, have applied for asylum in Iceland. According to Þorsteinn Gunnarsson, acting director of the Directorate of Immigration, their applications are being processed, along with that of a seventh Nigerian woman.

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National Hospital in Need of Renewal of Equipment

landspitali-hallgrimskirkja_domMedical equipment at Landspítali, the national hospital in Reykjavík, must be renewed for ISK 2-3 billion (USD 17-25 million, EUR 13-20 million) in the next two years. Cancer treatment had to be postponed this summer when both of the hospital’s radiation therapy machines broke down at the same time.

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Reykjavík Festival Season Continues

hallgrimskirkja_esaIn addition to the ongoing jazz, theater and dance festivals in Iceland’s capital, two other festivals will take place in Reykjavík this weekend: the Melodica Festival, August 24-26, and the Bacon Festival, which opens on Skólavörðustígur on August 25 at 2 pm.

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Reykjavík City Bus to Drive to North Iceland

bus_psStrætó, the Reykjavík bus company, will expand its route extensively when the first ever city bus will drive all the way to Akureyri, North Iceland, (388 kilometers) on September 2. There will be two scheduled trips a day between the capital and Akureyri, as announced this week.

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