Changes to Refugee Reception System

A new proposal put forward by the Minister of Social Affairs would ensure that asylum seekers in Iceland be afforded the same protections as the so-called “quota refugees” who resettle in the [...]

City Council Approves New 102 Reykjavík Postcode

Reykjavík City Council has now approved the mayor’s proposal that the postcode for the Vatnsmýri area be changed to 102, RÚV reports. Currently, this area falls under downtown Reykjavík’s 101 [...]

Report on Economic Impact of Whaling Incites Criticism

A recent report on the economic impact of whaling has incited criticism and accusations of bias, RÚV reports. A primary point of contention is that the report characterizes nature conservation [...]

In Search of Iceland’s First Tattoo Artist

Who was the first tattoo artist in Iceland? This is the question that Fjölnir Geir Bragason, himself a tattoo artist in Reykjavík, is trying to answer. RÚV reports that about ten years ago, [...]

Majority of Icelanders Have Changed Behaviour Due to Climate Change

In a recent survey, 62.6% of Icelander reported having changed their behaviour in recent years to lessen their impact on the environment and climate, RÚV reports. The survey shows 51.6% of [...]

Icelandic Economists Say Whaling Overall Profitable

A newly-published report on whaling concludes the industry is economically beneficial to Iceland overall. The report also found no indications that whaling decreases the amount of tourism in the [...]

Used Ambassador’s Position to Send Daughter to Mental Institution

Former minister and diplomat Jón Baldvin Hannibalsson repeatedly sent his own daughter to a mental institution. She had threatened legal action against him due to sexual harassment.

Fish Species Fraud Brought to Police

Studies show that species fraud happens with close to a third of fish products sold in foreign countries, Kjarninn reports. Food fraud is a large global problem and seafood is considered among [...]

Reykjavík Rent Prices Rose 95% in Eight Years

Rent prices have risen by 95% since 2011. In 2018, rent prices rose more than housing prices for the first time since measurements started in 2011.

Northern Lights Driving Causes Danger

Travellers seeking northern lights can cause considerable danger on roads, according to Aftenposten. Icelandic police authorities have warned travellers of the danger. Travellers come from all [...]

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