“Without Perpetrators, There’s No Violence”

Violent Crime Task Force

Yesterday, at an open meeting held by the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police, a list of proposals to assist perpetrators of violent crimes was introduced. “Without the offenders, there is no violence,” Eygló Harðardóttir, one of two members of a special task force entrusted with devising the proposals, stated.

Technology to play a key role

In May of last year, the Minister of Social Affairs Ásmundur Einar Daðason and Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir established a special task force on violent crime. The task force comprised the former Minister of Social Affairs Eygló Harðardóttir and Police Commissioner Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, who introduced their proposals in an open meeting yesterday.

As noted on the government’s website, technology will play a pivotal role in the implementation of the proposals. Among the task force’s recommendations is the continued use of a risk-assessment system (B-Safer/SARA:SV), which the police has adopted to assess the danger of violence in close relationships to mitigate the risk of further crimes on behalf of perpetrators. An app will also be developed for these purposes. The task force further recommended the development of educational material and the provision of motivational phone calls between perpetrators and violence-prevention units, wherein the former are informed of useful resources.

Additionally, the task force suggested the development of a special risk-assessment system of sexual offences among adults. The system would calculate required assistance based on the number and severity of risk factors, which would serve to assist the police in their decision-making regarding the prevention of sexual offences – especially against children.

Furthermore, the task force recommended subsidies to Heimilisfriður (a treatment facility for individuals who have perpetrated domestic violence) and to psychologist Anna Kristín Newton to develop educational material for the website 112.is. Anna Kristín, in collaboration with her colleagues, is currently preparing to establish an organisation under the heading Taktu skrefið (Take the First Step) to assist individuals in their sexual behaviour and to cease sexual violence.

Trying to break the vicious circle

In an interview with RÚV yesterday, former Minister of Justice Eygló Harðardóttir stated that the task force had endeavoured to devise ways in which the authorities could prevent and more quickly intervene in violent crime. “If we consider the previously available resources, it’s clear that they weren’t sufficient. Without perpetrators, there is no violence; if we don’t have any offenders, we don’t have any victims.”

“It’s this vicious circle that we’re trying to break. The only way to do that is to offer the necessary resources, intervene more quickly, and cooperate. Preventing violence is something that all of us must work together toward,” Eygló stated.

Renewable Energy 11.4% of Fuel in Road Transport in 2020

driving in reykjavík

The Ministry of Industry and Innovation announced yesterday that the government had attained an important milestone in the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Renewable energy accounted for 11.4% of the fuel used for road transport in 2020, according to a report from the National Energy Authority.

The first milestone

Ten years ago, the government confirmed a parliamentary resolution entrusting the Minister of Industry (now the Minister of Industry and Innovation) to decrease the share of fossil fuels in the transportation sector. The aim was to “replace fossil fuels with local, renewable energy.”

The legislation established a timeline for the creation of policy, goal-setting, and a comprehensive plan of action regarding energy transition in the transportation sector until 2020. Its primary purpose was for Iceland to become a leader in sustainable transportation. “The percentage of renewable energy within the transportation sector is currently lower in Iceland when compared to other countries, or less than 1%. The goal of EU member states is 10% by 2020,” the resolution stated.

Renewable energy 11.4% of total fuel in road transport

In a statement released yesterday, the Ministry of Industry and Innovation stated that renewable energy had accounted for 11.4% of the fuel in the transportation sector in 2020, marking a significant milestone on the way to sustainability. The figure – which refers solely to road transport – reflects “all of the renewable energy that is used to power vehicles in Iceland, including electricity, biodiesel, methane, and hydrogen.” The statement enumerated some of the benefits of the transition:

“Energy Transition, where fossil fuels are replaced by sustainable sources of energy, are necessary to combat the threat of climate change, which is one of the greatest challenges facing mankind. The transition to cleaner energy will lead to energy savings, increased energy security, currency savings, and lower CO2 emissions.”

The communique also included a link to an article published by the World Economic Forum in February. In collaboration with Statista, the World Economic Forum gathered global data on new passenger car sales in 2020. According to the results, plug-in electric vehicles – including plug-in hybrids and light vehicles but excluding commercial vehicles – accounted for 45% of new car sales in Iceland, second only to Norway (nearly 75% of new cars sales in Norway are plug-in electric vehicles).

New goals set

The Ministry also announced new goals had been established for 2030, wherein the government aims to increase the percentage of renewable energy within the road transportation sector to 40%. The Ministry hopes to make Iceland completely carbon neutral by 2050 (100% renewable energy for road transport).

Aladdin, Elsa, and Moana Speak Icelandic Again

Streaming service Disney+ has made some popular Disney films available with Icelandic dubbing, Vísir reports. Earlier this year, Education Minister Lilja Alfreðsdóttir and actor Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson called for the company’s films to be made available with Icelandic dubbing and now, films like Aladdín (Aladdin), Ísöld (Ice Age) and Herkúles (Hercules) are available in Icelandic.

Jóhannes Haukur criticised Disney+ on Twitter earlier this year for making the content available in Iceland but only in English, despite the existence of Icelandic dubbing.

Minister for Education and Culture Lilja Alfreðsdóttir responded to the subsequent discussion by reaching out to Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek, challenging them to make the films available in Icelandic. The company responded positively, stating that in a few months’ time, popular films such as The Lion King, Toy Story, Frozen, Wall-E, Cars, and Coco would be available with Icelandic dubbing.

Today, at least ten Disney films are available in Icelandic: Aladdín, Ísöld, Vaiana, Hin Ótrúlegu (the Incredibles), Zootropolis, Bílar, Ríó 2 og Epic as well as Soul, which for a long time was the only film on the streaming service available in Icelandic.

Vaccination Schedule Revealed, Following Lottery

Inoculation Lottery

This morning, the authorities conducted a lottery to determine the order of vaccinations for residents yet to be inoculated against COVID-19. Men born in 1979 will be first; women born in 1985 last. Some 120,000-150,000 doses will be administered in the next 20 days.

Men born in 1979 first, women in 1985 last

This morning, Ragnheiður Ósk Erlendsdóttir – Head of Nursing at the Capital Area Healthcare Centre – oversaw a vaccination lottery at the Centres’ headquarters in Reykjavík. With the aid of two colleagues, Ragnheiður drew birth years out of a pot to determine the order of vaccinations among residents born between the years 1975 and 2005 and who have yet to be inoculated against COVID-19.

The pot contained 54 slips of paper, or a total of 27 birth years (pink for women, blue for men). As noted by Ragnheiður, there are approximately 1,000 individuals from each birth year that have yet to be vaccinated.

The results of the lottery were as follows:

Next week (June 7 to June 11)
1979 Men
1984 Women
1993 men
1978 women
1992 men
1998 women
1983 men
1986 women
1984 men
2000 women
2003 men
1981 women
1977 men
1980 women
1997 men
2004 women
1985 men
1988 women

Week 24 (June 14 to June 18)
1976 men
1977 women
2000 men
2001 women
1988 men
2002 women
1986 men
1993 women
1994 men
1976 women
2002 men
1979 women
1981 men
1997 women
2001 men
2003 women
1996 men
1992 women

Week 25 (June 20 to June 24):
1982 men
1989 women
1991 men
1987 women
1989 men
1994 women
1980 men
1990 women
1998 men
1995 women
2004 men
1999 women
1995 men
1991 women
1990 men
1985 women
2005 men and women

As it stands

As noted by Iceland Review yesterday, 49.9% of residents in Iceland have already received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine while 26.7% are fully vaccinated. Icelandic authorities are currently in the final stages of vaccinating priority groups against COVID-19, including school staff, and began randomised vaccination of the general population this week.