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Coffee Shop Spent 100 Hours Applying for Permission

Coffee processing company Kaffitár, based in Njardvík in southwest Iceland, recently spent 100 hours applying for permission to open a new coffee shop. New regulations were supposed to make the application process less complicated.

“The purpose with the new regulations was to simplify the system,” CEO of Kaffitár Adalheidur Hédinsdóttir told Fréttabladid. “I can’t see how that purpose was achieved.”

Hédinsdóttir criticizes the new regulations for restaurants, cafés, hotels, guest houses and night clubs, which took effect last summer, for being too complicated. Kaffitár already operates nine cafés in Iceland.

“We have never owed anything to anyone and I think it is strange that we have to go through this nonsense one more time,” Hédinsdóttir concluded.

Haraldur Ingi Birgisson, a lawyer at the Iceland Chamber of Commerce, agrees. “We hold the opinion that one operating permission should be enough. The system was unnecessarily complicated and maybe it still is.”

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