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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.

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.

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."

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.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, and Minister of Finance Benedikt Jóhannesson making today's announcement.

Iceland government lifts capital controls

12 Mar The Icelandic government called for a press meeting today at noon to announce that capital controls will be lifted as of Tuesday. New Rules on Foreign Exchange were published on the Central Bank of Iceland website today.

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.

Demonstrators protest President Donald Trump's executive immigration ban at O'Hare International Airport on January 29, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois.
US President Trump signed the controversial executive order that halted refugees and residents from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States.  / AFP PHOTO / Joshua LOTT

Icelandic Government condemns Trump's immigration ban

30 Jan The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Iceland has issued a statement condemning Donald Trumps executive order on immigration.

Disgraced ex PM's strange appetites

25 Jan Former Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, MP for the Progressive Party caused an internet sensation in Iceland yesterday for his photograph of raw mince meat on a water cracker which he posted on his Facebook page.

Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

New Iceland PM says "Maybe a mistake not putting the offshore accounts report forward"

12 Jan PM Bjarni Benediktsson says that not revealing the report for offshore accounts of Icelanders before the elections may have been a mistake but does not see it as becoming a problem for the new government.

Bjarni Benediktsson photographed yesterday in his new office as Prime Minister.

New Iceland PM jumps into eighth place on the Hottest Head of State list

12 Jan Icelanders seem to be having mixed feelings about Independence Party leader Bjarni Benediktsson becoming their new Prime Minister. Now for a fun fact, since becoming PM he jumped straight to the eighth place on an international list of the Hottest Head of State.

Björt Ólafsdóttir on the left is the new Minister for the Environment. Óttarr Proppé, on the right, is the new Minister of Health.

The two mavericks of style in Iceland's new government

11 Jan Two of the new Ministers in the new government of Iceland have been noted for their fabulous personal style. Óttarr Proppé, Minister of Health is also member of heavy metal band Ham

The new government of Iceland at the Bessastaðir Presidential residence earlier today.

Presenting Iceland's new government

11 Jan Here's a look at Iceland's new government, a coalition between the Independence Party, Regeneration and Bright Future.

Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of the Independence Party, Benedikt Jóhannesson, leader of Restoration and  Óttarr Proppé, leader of Bright Future.

A new right-wing government for Iceland

10 Jan A government agreement was reached yesterday between the Independence Party, Restoration and Bright Future.

Bjarni Benediktsson, leader of the Independence Party.

Will not support an EU referendum

6 Jan Referendum on whether Iceland should re-apply for membership of the European Union would not be in line with the policy of the conservative Independence Party ('Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn') party leader Bjarni Benediktsson said earlier this week.

Volcanoes, skyr and the Panama Papers: a 2016 Iceland retrospective

1 Jan As the new year begins, Iceland Monitor takes a look back over 2016 and some of its most popular news stories for each month. Which is your favourite?

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