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Lector: Icelandic Tycoon’s Apology Shows Denial

Vilhjálmur Bjarnason, a lector at the University of Iceland, dismisses Icelandic tycoon Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson’s letter of apology which was published in Fréttabladid on Wednesday, as denial and justification.

Vilhjálmur Bjarnason. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“By apologizing, people demonstrate a change in attitude,” Bjarnason told visir.is. “But that is not the case with Björgólfur. His apology is a justification.”

In his letter, Björgólfsson wrote: “Every Icelander is responsible for his or her own finances and is stuck with the decision he or she made. I’m no exception.”

Bjarnason points out that a number of Icelanders are heavily indebted because of actions taken by men like Björgólfsson.

“The only real apology would have been to return the money to the nation which he deprived it of. Björgólfur’s letter—which I’m sure he didn’t write himself but rather his assistant Ásgeir Fridgeirsson—is nothing but a justification,” Bjarnason concluded.

Click here to read more about Björgólfsson’s apology.

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