Deep North Episode 66: Skeletons in the Closet

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Saturday, May 18, 1946 was a pleasant spring morning in Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen. The war, with all its horror, had ended a year previously and western Europe was gradually moving toward a civil society based on human rights, justice, and democracy while simultaneously rebuilding and ridding itself of the last vestiges of Nazi occupation. At Vestre Fængsel prison, a 36-year-old Icelandic detainee sat alone in his cell, reading an English novel his younger brother had brought for him. When he had been taken into custody, he had been certain that the arrest order was built on an unfortunate misunderstanding and that he would surely be released once the post-war situation had calmed. A long, boring, and lonely year later he was still awaiting trial, having been indicted on a number of onerous charges. His hope was flagging and none of this boded well for his future.

Many might know the story of how Iceland was affected by the Second World War, but the story of many Icelandic ex-Nazis remains untold. We take a look at the life of Björn Sv. Björnsson – an Icelander and member of the Waffen SS.

Correction: In the discussion after the article, Björn Sv. Björnsson is mistakenly referred to as Sveinn Björn Sveinsson.

Read the story here.

Iceland News Review: Drama in the East and Joyful Reunions

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, political intrigue in the east of Iceland, the economy looking bright as wage agreements are signed, Palestinian families reunited at last, an effort to bring our folk tales home, and much more.

Iceland News Review brings you all of Iceland’s top stories, every week, with the context and background you need. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

Iceland News Review: Music in the Countryside, Saving Our Sheep

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, a very special music festival is coming your way, more Palestinians with Icelandic residence permits have been rescued from Gaza, possibly the largest police sting operation in Icelandic history, how we may save our sheep from scrapie, and much more.

Iceland News Review brings you all of Iceland’s top stories, every week, with the context and background you need. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

Deep North Episode 64: Wall of Fire

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On Sunday morning, January 14, around 4:30 AM, Ari Guðmundsson’s phone rang. The Reykjanes peninsula was trembling. Three and a half hours later, it rang again. This time it was Víðir Reynisson, the head of Iceland’s Civil Protection Department. A fissure had opened and an eruption had begun.

The long, earthen lava barriers – of which Ari had led the design and rapid construction, which were meant to protect the evacuated town of Grindavík, and which were still incomplete – were about to go through trial by fire.

Read the story here.

Iceland News Review: Eruption in Reykjanes Imminent

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, it may have already happened: yet another eruption in Reykjanes. If so, this will mark the fourth one since last December. What will this mean for visitors to Iceland, or moreover, the people of Grindavík?

Also, an Icelandic company is set to take over the US market, a new app may save lives, a surprising number of Icelanders live abroad–but where?–and lots more.

Iceland News Review brings you all of Iceland’s top stories, every week, with the context and background you need. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

Deep North Episode 63: In Pursuit of Ptarmigan

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It’s 6:00 AM and the obsidian darkness lingers outside my windshield. I arrive in the Kársnes neighbourhood of Kópavogur, park my car, and hop into Kristján Andri Einarsson’s black Jimny. The hunter greets me with a boyish smirk, ready for today’s adventure. He is wearing a camouflage cap on his greying auburn hair. Until this day, I have never gone hunting, nor seen a real gun in my life. All that is about to change.

Read the full story here.

Iceland News Review: To Move, Or Not To Move, Back To Grindavík

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, business leaders and union officials have some very different ideas about whether or not to move back to Grindavík, where earthquakes and eruptions have done substantial damage to the town–and are very likely not done with the town yet.

Meanwhile, the Icelandic government is also pushing for new measures regarding asylum seekers and expanded police powers; parliamentarians want the Turkish Abductions investigated, genetically; a new app is here for learning Icelandic, and lots more.

NOTE: You can get the app, BÍN-kjarninn, on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. It is referred to as the DMII Core in this podcast, on account of the English name used for it on the Árnastofnun website.

Iceland News Review brings you all of Iceland’s top stories, every week, with the context and background you need. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

Iceland News Review: Iceland much smaller than previously estimated

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In this episode of Iceland News Review, we report on some happy news, as more Palestinians have been rescued from Gaza with the help of ordinary Icelandic citizens. The news comes as Foreign Ministry officials from Iceland are currently in Cairo meeting with Egyptian officials on how to rescue the remaining one hundred or so Icelandic residence permit holders from Gaza.

Also, it turns out we overestimated our population – by about 14,000 people. How that happened and how that was fixed explained within. We’ve also got the latest on Grindavík, a tragic mystery in East Iceland, weather, road conditions, and much more!

Iceland News Review brings you all of Iceland’s top stories, every week, with the context and background you need. Be sure to like, follow and subscribe so you don’t miss a single episode!

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