Upcoming Strikes in Iceland, Widespread Effects

After an unsuccessful meeting between representatives of the Association of Academics (BHM) and the Icelandic state at the office of the State Negotiator this morning, it looks as if many of the association’s members will go on strike next Tuesday. Surgeries will be postponed as a consequence.

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Hikers Rescued from Iceland Highland Route

Four British hikers contacted the emergency services early this morning. They had intended to cross the highlands by taking the Kjölur road, which is open for cars in the summer, but after four days in snowy conditions they had become cold and exhausted and were unable to continue.

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Müde Wanderer vom Kjölur abgeholt

Das Rettungsteam Blanda aus Blönduos in Nordisland folgte heute früh um 7.45 Uhr einem Notruf von der Hochlandstrasse Kjölur, die im Winter geschlossen und unbefahrbar ist. Vier britische Touristen baten darum, abgeholt zu werden, weil sie erschöpft waren und froren.

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Women Compensated for Swine Flu Vaccinations

Three young women have received approximately ISK 10 million (USD 73,000, EUR 68,000) each in damages from the Icelandic state because they contracted narcolepsy after being given swine flu vaccinations in 2009 and 2010 and now suffer permanent disabilities because of the disease.

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Lagune am Geysir

Die Landeigentümer des Geothermalgebietes Geysir in Südisland haben auf ihrer Jahreshauptversammlung am vergangenen Wochenende beschlossen, die Pläne eines Hot Pots am Geysir weiterzuverfolgen, berichtet das Fréttablaðið in seiner Montagsausgabe.

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Neues Hotel im Þjórsárdalur

Die Pächter des Reykholtslaug, eines Schwimmbades im Þjórsárdalur in Südisland, haben auf der letzten Gemeinderatssitzung des Bezirks Skeið- und Gnúpverjahreppur am 4. März 2015 einen Antrag auf Errichtung eines Gästehauses mit Restaurant neben dem Schwimmbad eingereicht.

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Fishing Quota Sold from Grímsey Island

Gylfi Gunnarsson, a fishing operator on Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, will be forced to sell the 300-ton fishing quota in his possession away from the island because his company is heavily indebted and he has been unable to reach an agreement with the bank.

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