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In Focus: Poverty and Inequality in Iceland

Even though Iceland is a prosperous country, polls suggest most Icelanders consider poverty the country’s second most pressing issue after healthcare. Despite Iceland’s relative prosperity, poverty in Iceland does exist. While global poverty is decreasing, poverty and inequality in Iceland are on the rise. Children’s poverty is rising at an alarming rate, while senior citizens […]

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Salka Valsdóttir and Jóhanna Rakel Jónasdóttir backstage
Culture

Welcome to the World of Cyber

You never know what you are going to get when you press play on a new Cyber album. The three-piece experimental hip-hop group Cyber is part of the all-female hip-hop collective Reykjavíkurdætur, but recently, they have been making waves all on their own. The Cyber experience is visually enthralling as well as aurally captivating. A […]

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Sheep waiting to be sorted into pens in Þverárrétt réttir
Magazine

Order in the Chaos

For city-born Icelanders, it almost feels as if the world of farming is foreign to their own urban culture. At times, it almost feels as if there are two slightly similar nations living in the country. The rural “culture” is more tightly knit, neighbouring farmers must rely on each other, leading to a stronger sense of community overall, which culminates in a yearly event known as réttir. After gathering sheep from the mountains where they graze all summer long, all the farmers show up to sort their sheep from the others. A centuries-old tradition, the sorting of the sheep, is an occasion where all the farmers in the district meet up, and the atmosphere is festive. This year, the farmers of Þverárrétt were joined by a city-born journalist seeing réttir for the very first time.

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Halldór Baldursson political cartoonist
Culture

Born With a Pencil in Hand

In a small, corrugated-ironclad house in the city centre, lives Halldór Baldursson, illustrator and cartoonist for Fréttablaðið, Iceland’s most-read newspaper. Five times a week, he has a deadline to make current affairs in Iceland funny. Somehow. We sat down for a conversation in his living room, brimming with art and art supplies, as his cat […]

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