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Empty Jails And Unlocked Doors – The Myth Of the Crime-Free Paradise

Words by
Jóhann Páll Ástvaldsson

Photography by
Golli

Iceland witnessed four murders in total in 2017 – one of them the harrowing murder of 20-year-old Birna Brjánsdóttir. Birna’s murder shook Icelanders to the core, a deep blow to the nation’s psyche that somehow felt like an attack on the nation as a whole. A fisherman from Greenland named Thomas Møller Olsen was sentenced to 19 years in prison for Birna’s murder, the heaviest sentence given in 23 years. But the event was still disquieting to many – how could this be happening in Iceland? How did we let this happen?
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Iceland witnessed four murders in total in 2017 – one of them the harrowing murder of 20-year-old Birna Brjánsdóttir. Birna’s murder shook Icelanders to the core, a deep blow to the nation’s psyche that somehow felt like an attack on the nation as a whole. A fisherman from Greenland named Thomas Møller Olsen was sentenced to 19 years in prison for Birna’s murder, the heaviest sentence given in 23 years. But the event was still disquieting to many – how could this be happening in Iceland? How did we let this happen?
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