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Unemployment Protested in Iceland’s Sudurnes

By Iceland Review

Approximately 300 people participated in a protest march from Reykjanesbaer to Kúagerdi in the Sudurnes region in southwest Iceland yesterday to raise awareness of the unemployment situation in the region and call for action.

Smelter construction in east Iceland. The planned aluminum smelter in Helguvík in Sudurnes has been delayed. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

At the end of last month, 1,600 people were registered as unemployed in Sudurnes. “The government must take the situation and the expectations of people in this area under consideration,” the march’s organizer Einar Bárdarson told Morgunbladid.

At the end of the march, representatives of all political parties who have MPs in parliament received a challenge to further employment development on the Reykjanes peninsula.

“People don’t have to look any further than to the so-called stability pact and the government’s platform. It says black on white what should be done,” Bárdarson stated, referring to several projects waiting to be undertaken on Reykjanes.

These include the aluminum smelter and silicon factory in Helguvík, a data center in Ásbrú, further development of the university center at the old naval air station in Keflavík, and increased operations at Keflavík International Airport, among other projects.

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