Politics and Society

Half of the women who have abortions in Iceland take an abortive pill.

Record number of abortions in Iceland

28 Apr Last year, 2016, a record number of abortions took place in Iceland with a total of 1.021 abortions. This is the first time that the number of abortions in one year surpasses a thousand.

Jim Ratcliffe, the biggest single landowner in Iceland.

Biggest landowner in Iceland a British billionaire

26 Apr Jim Ratcliff has over the last year bought a lot of land in Iceland and is now one of the biggest single landowners in the country. And it’s all for the sake of the salmon, which he means to help preserve.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre is situated by the Reykjavik Harbour.

International What Works summit begins today in Reykjavik

24 Apr The What Works Summit is held for the second time this year at Reykjavik's Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. The summit, which explores how countries can turn economic growth into positive social outcomes and advance social progress in times of uncertainty, begins today.

The prices are driven high by many reasons.

Housing prices in Reykjavik up 21% in 1 year

19 Apr The housing market is a hot topic in Iceland. There is a shortage of housing and many young people have troubles making ends meet due to high rent.

Former central banker Jón Sigurðsson.

Little taste for EU membership in Iceland

17 Apr Much needs to happen for the Icelandic people to change their minds and support membership of the European Union according to Jón Sigurðsson, former president of the Central Bank of Iceland who also once served as the country's Minister of Commerce.

The logo of the new political party.

New socialist political party formed in Iceland

11 Apr A new socialist party will see the light of day on May 1st, labour day. According to their website the party aims to create "a society of equality, compassion and human rights by placing power to the people."

Sisters in court

Sisters found guilty in PM blackmail case

7 Apr Sisters Hlín Einarsdóttir and Malín Brand were found guilty for attempting to blackmail Icelandic Prime Minister and were sentenced 12 months in prison. “Shockingly harsh,” says Brand’s attorney.

Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson who was forced to step down after Panama Papers scandal.

Anniversary of scandal that brought down Icelandic government

4 Apr One year and one day ago, a special edition of tv show Kastljós was aired, dealing the ‘Panama Papers’ which showed two cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister had been exploited tax havens. This lead to the what's said to be the biggest protest in the history of Iceland

Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson and President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson met with Vladimír Pútín President of Russia today.

Icelandic President met with Putin today

30 Mar Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson met with Russian President Vladimir Putin today. Joining them in Arkhangelsk was Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson.

Kjartan Bjarni Björgvinsson, director of the Special Investigation Commission of the Icelandic Parliament and  Finnur Þór Vilhjálmsson, who also works for the commission.

Serious fraud and deception of Icelandic Government in sale of Agricultural bank

29 Mar The Special Investigation Commission of the Icelandic Parliament released a report yesterday stating that they have proved that the Icelandic Government was deceived both before and after the sale of the Agricultural Bank of Iceland (Búnaðarbankinn) to German Bank Hauck & Auf­häuser.

Jóhannesson will have a personal meeting with Putin on Thursday.

Icelandic President on his way to meet with Putin

28 Mar Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson is now travelling to Arkhangelsk in Russia to participate in a conference called The Arctic: Ter­ritory of Dia­logue along with Sauli Niinisto, President of Finland, and Vladimir Putin, President of Russia.

Guðni Jóhannesson, President of Iceland, on the right, with King Harald of Norway on the left.

Icelandic President and First Lady on official visit to Norway

21 Mar President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson and First Lady Eliza Jean Reid began their official visit to Norway today.

The President of Iceland shows his support for people with Down's syndrome by wearing mismatched socks.

Icelandic President wears mismatched socks in support of Down's awareness

21 Mar President Guðni Th. Jóhannnesson is doing his part in supporting World Down Syndrome Day which is today. People across the globe, President Jóhannesson among them, are wearing mismatched socks to show support for diversity.

More “unconventional” families in Iceland than “conventional”

20 Mar There are fewer “conventional” families of married couples and children in Iceland, than so called “unconventional” families. That is, unmarried couples and single parents. Married couples with children are 27.3% of all nuclear families in Iceland.

Icelanders were particularly happy last summer. the National Men's Football Team was very successful at the EURO 2016

Icelanders third happiest in the world

20 Mar The Icelandic nation is the third happiest in the world for the second year in a row, according to United Nations’ World Happiness Report.


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