Airwaves Artists: GYDA

Iceland Airwaves Gyða Valtýsdóttir

Iceland Airwaves music festival celebrated its 20th anniversary this November. To mark the event, Iceland Review interviewed a few of this year’s performers. In Iceland’s tight-knit music scene, many artists have a knack for constantly reinventing themselves. Gyða Valtýsdóttir is one of them. First coming to prominence as a member of experimental pop group múm […]

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RÚV Rejects Demand to Remove Article from Website

RÚV headquarters.

RÚV has rejected demands from the owners of Sjanghæ Restaurant in Akureyri to remove an article from its website, issue a formal written apology to the restaurant, and pay compensation of ISK 3 million ($25,656/€ 22,536). This was confirmed by the national broadcaster’s director Margrét Magnúsdóttir on Friday.

Rosita Yufan Zhang, the primary owner of the restaurant Sjanghæ (an Icelandicisation of “Shanghai”), issued her demands in response to an article published by RÚV on August 30, 2017. The article stated that the owners were suspected of human trafficking, that employees were being paid a monthly salary of ISK 30,000 ($257/€225), and that their food consisted of leftovers from the restaurant. The article also mentioned that the Eining-Iðja union was looking into the matter and had been talking to restaurant employees.

The letter that a lawyer sent to RÚV on behalf of Rosita and the private limited company Life Iceland demanded that the news organisation publish an apology on its website before noon on Friday, remove the original article, and pay the requested compensation. Should these demands not be met, the letter stated, the owners reserved the right to take further legal action.

Icelanders Prefer Artificial Christmas Trees

Christmas in Iceland

The majority of Icelanders intend to use artificial Christmas trees in lieu of real ones, RÚV reports.

A new survey conducted by MMR shows that 55% of Icelanders will be using artificial trees this year, versus 32% who will purchase a real tree for the holiday. Fourteen percent of those surveyed did not intend to purchase a Christmas tree of any kind. The national preference for artificial trees is not a new fad, either: these figures are very similar to those from last year.

The survey showed that people aged 30-49 were more likely to put up a Christmas tree than people in other age groups. In fact, 89% of people in this demographic will be putting up a Christmas tree this year.

The survey went one step further, providing a breakdown of Christmas tree preferences according to political party support. The findings show, for instance, that 90% of Social Democrats will put up a Christmas tree this year, versus only 22% of Pirate Party supporters.

Supporters of the People’s Party are the most likely to put up artificial trees (72%), followed by supporters of the Centre Party (64%). According to a similar survey conducted last year, these two parties were the also the biggest artificial tree enthusiasts in 2017.

The survey was conducted from December 5 to 11, with 975 respondents aged 18 and older.