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In Focus: The Bitcoin Haven

Mining for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin is expected to overtake the energy consumption of Icelandic households this year as the abundance of renewable and cheap electricity has Bitcoin miners flocking to Iceland to set up shop.

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In Focus: Borgarlína Project Splits Opinions

Reykjavík has sprawled out and traffic has increasingly become a problem. Borgarlína, an ambitious project to improve Reykjavík’s transportation network, has divided citizens of Reykjavík in recent months.

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In Focus: Poverty and Inequality in Iceland

Even though Iceland is a prosperous country, polls suggest most Icelanders consider poverty the country’s second most pressing issue after healthcare. Despite Iceland’s relative prosperity, poverty in Iceland does exist. While global poverty is decreasing, poverty and inequality in Iceland are on the rise. Children’s poverty is rising at an alarming rate, while senior citizens […]

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Found in Translation

Are you familiar with Erlendur the detective, Bjartur the sheep farmer, or the lawyer turned amateur sleuth Þóra? If so, you must have read a translation of an Icelandic novel. (If not, you should.) Icelandic literature is spreading around the globe at a rapid pace, while book sales and rates of readership are down in […]

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In Focus: Iceland Is Too Expensive For Hollywood

Icelandic landscape has become prominent in a lot of film blockbusters and television series. A key part of the nation’s recovery from the 2008 financial crisis was an influx of foreign investment, driven by a weaker currency. This made it possible for a lot of high profile Hollywood projects to be filmed in Iceland.

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In Focus: Iceland Leaves Enormous Environmental Footprint

Iceland is renowned as a ‘green’ country in many ways, yet it certainly does have its dark sides in terms of environmental impact. Food waste, recycling, and waste management issues are pressing environmental concerns for the country as it leaves a large environmental footprint

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In Focus: The Cost of Iceland’s Nature

Iceland became an incredibly popular tourist attraction in a very short period of time, and it became increasingly clear that its natural treasures weren’t prepared for such a large number of people.

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