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Government to strengthen economic life in Westfjords

Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde said yesterday the government would like to strengthen the economic life in Iceland’s Westfjords and established a committee to find out how the government can help.

“It is certainly sad to see how many people are moving away from the Westfjords, which were once a blooming inhabited area. We would naturally like to help the locals to prevent it,” said Haarde. Fréttabladid reports.

The mayor of Ísafjördur, Halldór Halldórsson, who has a seat in the committee, has requested the government creates 100 new jobs in the public sector in the area within the next two years and lowers the cost of flights to the Westfjords.

According to Fréttabladid, the government is considering Halldórsson’s request.

“It is the government’s policy to create more jobs outside the capital area, but nothing has happened,” said Halldórsson. He added that if the cost of transport to the Westfjords would be lowered, companies there and in the capital would compete on a more equal basis.

On Monday the inhabitants of Ísafjördur met to discuss the town’s future.

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