Salaries in Iceland below European Average

In 2012, the hourly labor cost in the European Union was EUR 24.1 (ISK 3,550, USD 26.2) on average, while in Iceland it was EUR 23.2. In 2012, the highest labor cost for all economic activities in Europe was in Norway, EUR 57.1 per paid hour. The labor cost was the lowest in Bulgaria, EUR 3.4.

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Killing of Basques Now Banned in West Fjords

A memorial dedicated to the 32 Basque whalers who were killed in the West Fjords in 1615 in what’s known as Iceland’s only mass murder was unveiled in Hólmavík, the West Fjords, on April 22, the last day of winter. At the occasion, West Fjords district commissioner Jónas Guðmundsson revoked the order that Basques could be killed on sight in the region.

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Gay Rights Association Sues over Hate Speech

Icelandic LGBT rights association Samtökin ’78 filed charges this morning against ten individuals because of hate speech against LGBT people in connection with the discussion which arose after Hafnarfjörður became the first municipality in Iceland to include instruction about homosexuality in sex education.

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Video: Isländer mähen schneebedeckte Wiese

Die Freunde Jóhann Konráð Birgisson und Finnbogi Helgi Snæbjörnsson haben ein Video gedreht, das sie beim Rasenmähen anlässlich des ersten Tags des Sommers bei ihrem Sommerhaus in Grenivík in Nord-Island zeigt. Kurioserweise tobte beim Dreh ein Schneesturm und der Rasen war schneebedeckt.

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Schneefall und unpassierbare Straßen

In den meisten Regionen Islands fiel in den vergangenen Tagen Schnee, am meisten allerdings in Nord-Island. Die Hauptverkehrsstraßen sind geräumt. Schlechte Fahrbedingungen herrschen rund um Ólafsfjörður, auf der Halbinsel Tjörnes bei Húsavík sowie zwischen Þórshöfn und Bakkafjörður.

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Iceland Allocates ISK 10 Million to Nepal

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson decided yesterday to allocate ISK 10 million (USD 74,000, EUR 68,000) to the Red Cross and Red Crescent for humanitarian aid in Nepal because of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which hit the country on Saturday morning.

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Snowfall and Impassable Roads in Iceland

Most regions in Iceland have been subject to snowfall in the past days, especially North Iceland. The main roads are being cleared. There are poor driving conditions around Ólafsfjörður, on Tjörnes east of Húsavík and between Þórshöfn and Bakkafjörður.

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