Politics and Society

Two-thirds reject EU membership

23 Feb The majority of Icelanders remain opposed to membership of the European Union (EU) according to a new opinion poll produced by MMR. 54% say they do not support the idea that Iceland should become part of the bloc while 25.9% are in favour.

President Jóhannesson said he would ban pineapple on pizza, if he could.

Icelandic President releases a statement on pineapple debacle

22 Feb The Icelandic president caused quite a stir when he announced that if he could, he would ban pineapple as a pizza topping. The president released a statement on the so called pizza controversy yesterday.

Miah, a 25 year old British school teacher says he was made to feel like a criminal.

Welsh Muslim school teacher escorted from plane in Iceland

21 Feb A school teacher from Wales, Juhel Miah was escorted off a plane at Keflavik international airport last week despite the supension of Trump's travel ban. In an interview with The Guardian, Miah says he was made to feel like a criminal.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Movement.

Left Greens ahead in the polls

20 Feb The Left Green Movement ('Vinstrihreyfingin - grænt framboð') is Iceland's most popular political party according to a fresh opinion poll. The party enjoys the support of 27% of Icelanders according to the poll produced by MMR.

Fisheries are a vital part of the Icelandic economy.

Icelandic sailor‘s strike at an end

20 Feb Icelandic sailor's strike, which has lasted for weeks, ended yesterday. The effect of it has not only been visible in Icelandic society. Icelandic fish has been hard to come by in USA and Britain, and birds that thrive on the scraps from Icelandic trawlers are getting aggressive, evidently hungry.

The Central bank of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Statement of the Monetary Policy Committee

15 Feb The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Iceland has decided to keep the Bank’s interest rates unchanged. The Bank’s key interest rate – the rate on seven-day term deposits – will therefore remain 5%.

Haraldur Ólafsson was put into Kópavogshæli aged three. It would become his home for 22 years.

"I didn't know my life could be any different" - interview with former resident of Kópavogshæli

14 Feb Haraldur Ólafsson was only three years old when he became a resident at Kópavogshæli home for the disabled in the greater Reykjavik area. It was to become his permanent home for the next 22 years. He never told anyone how miserable he was because he knew nobody would listen. "No one ever comforted me."

The gathering will take place at Austurvöllur, in front of the Icelandic parliament.

Solidarity gathering for refugees today in Reykjavik

9 Feb "The primary goal of this demonstration is to show solidarity with refugees and asylum seekers," says Melissa Pfeffer, one of the organizers of a solidarity gathering for refugees that will take place today.

Kópavogshæli now stands empty.

Blind boy was left in bath with scalding hot water at the Kópavógur disabled institute

8 Feb Haukur Már Haraldsson, brother of a man who was institutionalised at the Kópavogshæli institute featured on the news last night, speaks of the terrible treatment his brother endured as a child.

Kópavogshæli was an institution for the mentally and physically disabled from  1952.

Heart-wrenching report of abuse towards disabled children at an Iceland institution

7 Feb A new report on Kópavogshæli, an institution for the mentally and physically handicapped in Iceland from 1952- 1993 was featured on RÚV news tonight. The report shows that most of the children there were neglected, abused or lived in fear of abuse.

An extraordinary talk between victim and perpetrator.

Rapist and victim unite for unprecedented collaboration

7 Feb Þórdís Elva Þorvaldsdóttir was raped by her teenage boyfriend, Australian exchange student Tom Stranger. Years later, the victim and perpetrator reunited for an unprecedented collaboration, a book called South of Forgiveness.

Anisa with little Mikael, born in Reykjavik in December. He's a healthy boy and brings much joy to his parents.

Hope for Afghan family of asylum seekers

6 Feb Pure joy. Pure gratitude. The Ahmadi family can't describe their feelings on receiving news that their application for asylum will be reviewed.

Furor over deportation of gay Iranian asylum seeker

6 Feb Asylum seeker Amir Shokrgozare was deported from Iceland to Italy on Friday. Amir had to flee Iran due to persecution he suffered for his sexual orientation. His application for asylum in Iceland was denied because he has asylum in Italy.

Video:AFP visits Syrian refugees settling in Iceland

Video:AFP visits Syrian refugees settling in Iceland

2 Feb The AFP media service came to Iceland this week to interview Syrian families who fled a country of war and horror for the peace and safety of Iceland.

Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir, MP for the Pirate Party.

Trump called "Fascist, racist and misogynist" by Pirate Party MP

1 Feb "I am worried because the President of the United States is a fascist, a misogynist and a racist," said MP Þórhildur Sunna Ævarsdóttir in a speech at Parliament yesterday. She's worried that Trimp will establish secret prisons around the world to imprison people he finds unacceptable.


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