Alcohol Sales up for First Time Since Crash

beer_psAlcohol sales in 2012 at Iceland’s state-owned liquor store Vínbúðin are up for the first time since the economic crisis in 2008. Sales, which totaled 18.5 million liters, increased by 0.54 percent compared to 2011 but were still 9 percent lower than in 2008.

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WikiLeaks Movie to be Filmed in Reykjavík

birgittajonsdottir_althingiAmerican film production company DreamWorks will shoot scenes in Reykjavík for an upcoming film on Julian Assange and WikiLeaks entitled The Man Who Sold the World. Former WikiLeaks volunteer Birgitta Jónsdóttir has been consulted by the film’s screenwriter.

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Girl Named ‘Girl’ Sues State to Have Name Approved

baby_psA 15-year-old Icelandic girl named Blær is suing the state for the right to be able to legally use her name. Blær is not one of the 1,853 females name approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee and as such the girl has been identified as stúlka, literally ‘girl,’ on all official documents since birth.

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Handballer Iceland’s Sportsperson of the Year

sportsperson2012_01_isiTwenty-two-year-old handball player Aron Pálmarsson was named Iceland’s Sportsperson of 2012 by the Association of Sports Journalists at a ceremony on Saturday, also held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ).

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Weniger Steuern auf Kondome

althingi-voting-280910_pkErleichterungen bezüglich Mehrwertsteuer und Zoll auf Kondome und wiederverwendbare Windeln wurden noch vor Weihnachten vom Parlament verabschiedet. Die Änderungsanträge waren von Lilja Mósesdóttir und Eygló Harðardóttir eingebracht worden.

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2012: 23 tödliche Unfälle

death-announcements2012 starben in Island 23 Personen bei Unfällen, drei mehr als 2011. Zehn von ihnen, der größte Part, wurde bei Verkehrsunfällen getötet. Bei Haushalts- und Freizeitunfällen verloren sechs Personen ihr Leben, vier mehr als im Jahr zuvor.

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