The Icelandic parliament, Althingi, granted fifteen individuals Icelandic citizenship before recessing for the holidays, reports news station NFS. According to NFS 21 individuals applied for citizenship. The Icelanders originate from four continents including Europe, North and South America and Asia. Four of the fifteen new Icelanders were born in Iceland.
Earlier this week Morgunbladid reported that, according to a bill on supplementing the government’s income introduced by the minister of finance in Althingi, the application fee for citizenship will go up from ISK 1,350 to ISK 10,000. The fee for the citizen announcement will increase from ISK 1,350 to ISK 5,000.
The new Icelandic application fee for citizenship is still lower than in other Scandinavian countries: Denmark charges ISK 11,000; Finland charges ISK 38,000; Norway charges ISK 22,000 and Sweden charges ISK 16,500.