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Transgender Australian couple apply for asylum in Iceland fearing persecution at home

21 Jun Two Australian women have applied for asylum in Iceland for humanitarian reasons. They say that the Australian attitude to gay and trans people puts their lives in danger.

Eva Ágústa is a photographer from Hafnarfjörður. She’s very active in the LGBTQI+ society in Iceland,

First trans woman as the Fjallkona on Iceland's National Day

18 Jun For the first time in Iceland’s history, a trans woman has taken on the role of the Lady of the Mountain, the national personification of Iceland, on the country’s National Day, reports Gay Iceland.

Armed police officers were present at the Iceland vs. Croatia football match on Sunday and the Color Run on Saturday.

Armed police present at all mass public events this summer

13 Jun RÚV national broadcasting service reports that armed police officers will be present to ensure the safety of festival goers at the Secret Solstice festival in Reykjavik which starts on Thursday, as well as National Day celebrations on Saturday to increase safety with regards to recent terrorist attacks in Europe.

Krónan and Bónus cheaper than Costco?

13 Jun According to a new price survey of forty products were cheaper in Icelandic supermarkets Krónan and Bónus than in Costco. Forty nine products were selected but nine of them were unavailable at Costco so weren't included.

Þorsteinn Víglundsson with Filippo Grandi in Geneva.

Icelandic government to receive more refugees in coming years

13 Jun Minister for Social Affairs and Equality in Iceland, Þorsteinn Víglundsson reaffirmed the plans of the Icelandic government on the annual reception of quota refugees and the government's policy to receive a greater number of refugees in coming years.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir arrives at the meeting of the National Security Council.

Icelandic public should be informed on police armament

13 Jun Leader of the Left Green Party Katrín Jakobsdóttir spoke at the National Security Council yesterday voicing her opinion that the general public should be informed of any changes to police armament in Iceland.

Twenty policemen supervised the Color Run on Saturday, including members of the special armed forces.

Special armed forces on duty at Reykjavik's Color Run

12 Jun The presence of the special armed forces unit at family event the Color Run on Saturday has caused some concern within society. It is highly unusual for armed police to be seen in public in Iceland.

Árni Finnsson calls Trump "a psychopath".

Trumps decision: "A great threat to Iceland"

1 Jun Director of the Icelandic Nature Conservation association, Árni Finnsson says that the decision announced by US President Donald Trump today is a great threat to Iceland. "The acidification of our oceans is very rapid and our fish is danger. I imagine that people within the fishing industry here will react very strongly."

The general elections were held in autumn 2016.

Support for government is 31.4 % according to new survey

1 Jun According to a new survey by MMR support for the government is 31.4 percent, similar to the last survey in mid April.

Nichole Leigh Mosty says that it's hard being an immigrant at Parliament.

Immigrant MP in Iceland breaks down crying at Parliament

30 May "It hasn't been easy for me being an immigrant at Althingi as I'm sure of most of you have noticed. I'm not always clear about everything and sometimes I say the wrong thing."

Startup Iceland takes place at Harpa Concert hall and Conference Centre

Startup Iceland Explores Health and Personal Data in a Post-GDPR Digital Economy

27 May Startup Iceland, taking place in Reykjavik Iceland 31 May - 1 June 2017, will dive into the implications and opportunities of the impending Europe GDPR on personal data and digital health and what that may mean globally for digital companies and the people who use their services.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, MP for the Progressive Party.

Former PM of Iceland forms new progressive society

25 May Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, former PM and former leader of the Progressive Party who was implicated in the Panama Papers last year, has announced the founding of a new society called Framfarafélagið (The Progressive Society). He says he's not creating a new poltical party but that the society will probably develop with time.

Sweet racks at an Icelandic supermarket, extremely popular with Icelandic children.

Icelandic children are the second fattest in Europe

24 May New figures from the OECD with regards to childhood obesity show that Icelandic children are the second fattest in Europe. A fifth of 15 year olds are overweight or obese in Iceland.

The litre of petrol at Costco goes for  169,9 Icelandic kronas.

Costco sells the cheapest petrol in Iceland

22 May Costco have begun selling petrol outside their store at Kauptún in Garðabær at 169.9 ISK per litre. This is the cheapest petrol price in Iceland. Costco will open their highly anticipated store tomorrow, Tuesday.

Þingvangur is preparing to build numerous high rise buildings on this plot of land.

A new district for Reykjavik next year

19 May Construction company Þingvangur intends to build a new 200 thousand square metre district in Laugarnes in Reykjavik, with construction beginning next year.

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