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September 16 Declared Day of Icelandic Nature

Yesterday on live radio, Iceland’s Minister for the Environment Svandís Svavarsdóttir declared her intention to make September 16th the Day of Icelandic Nature, in honor of Ómar Ragnarsson. Ruv.is reports this.

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Ómar Ragnarsson. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Ragnarsson is a renowned environmentalist, news reporter and entertainer. Yesterday he celebrated his 70th birthday. He had no idea what was about to happen when he was summoned to a live broadcast at Rás 2, a radio station belonging to RÚV, the National Broadcasting Service.

It all began earlier that same day when a listener telephoned one of the radio show’s hosts, suggesting the idea. The host then contacted the Minister for the Environment, who immediately agreed. She came to the studio and formally announced her intentions to the speechless Ragnarsson.

Today, Svavarsdóttir will formally propose the idea at a government meeting. Iceland’s Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir already approved of it yesterday.

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