Iceland to Welcome More than 100 Refugees

The Government of Iceland announced at a press conference today that ISK 2 billion (USD 16 million, EUR 14 million) will be allocated to assist refugees and asylum seekers. Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson said he expected that Iceland will accept more than 100 refugees this year.

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Icesave Dispute “Over”

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has declared that the long-running Icesave dispute with the UK and the Netherlands is now officially over—taking the opportunity to congratulate Icelanders on a complete victory.

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Mayor Falls into Tourist Trap

Róbert Ragnarsson, the mayor of Grindavíkurbær, Southwest Iceland, this week issued a formal apology for having put municipal property on the Airbnb tourist accommodation website for personal financial gain.

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Israel Boycott “Illegal”

The City of Reykjavík’s decision this week to boycott goods and services from Israel was a symbolic gesture intended to garner publicity and generate conversation. The fallout is probably more than the council bargained for.

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