Fosshótel Reykjavík.

Court Rules Against Mandatory Stay at Quarantine Hotel

6 Apr Icelandic Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir will be meeting with the Welfare Committee of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, today to discuss the possibility of presenting a bill that would ensure the enactment of a regulation to provide a legal basis for making a stay at a quarantine facility mandatory.

Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir and Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir.

Vaccination Certificates from US and UK to Be Accepted

16 Mar Icelandic authorities have decided to enact regulations this week, allowing travelers from the US and UK who present certificates of vaccination for COVID-19 to enter the country.

Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir.

Fighting Organized Crime in Iceland

26 Feb Police estimate that 15 organized crime groups operate in Iceland.

From left: MP Kolbeinn Óttarsson Proppé,  Joanna Marcinkowska, project manager of New in Iceland, and Minister of Social Affairs Ásmundur Einar Daðason, at the formal opening of New in Iceland.

New Consulting Office for Immigrants in Iceland

22 Feb A new consulting office for immigrants, New in Iceland opened at Laugavegur 116 earlier this month.

Unemployment Rate in Iceland Keeps Rising

11 Feb New figures from the Directorate of Labor show an unemployment rate of 26 percent in Suðurnes (the Reykjanes peninsula), Southwest Iceland.

Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson.

Shots Fired at Reykavík Mayor’s Car

29 Jan The Capital Area Police Department is investigating a case in which Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson’s car was vandalized.

An urn.

Ashes Scattered at Gullfoss and Geysir

24 Jan Did you know that Gullfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, as well as the Geysir hotspring area and Reynisfjara beach, are popular not only among the living?

Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson.

Foreign Minister Calls Assault on US Capitol ‘Frightening and Unacceptable’

7 Jan “This was frightening and unacceptable,” Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson tells mbl.is, speaking of the assault yesterday by US President Donald Trump’s supporters on the US Capitol.

Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson.

‘I Don’t Think This Will Jeopardize the Coalition’

28 Dec “I don’t think this will jeopardize the coalition. I have no reason to think so.”

PM Katrín Jakobsdóttir, right, arriving in Egilsstaðir.

Government Members Visit Seyðisfjörður

22 Dec Four members of the Icelandic government are currently in Seyðisfjörður, the East Fjords.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Icelandic PM Given Assurance of Vaccine Delivery

22 Dec Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir spent yesterday making phone calls and attending meetings, in an attempt to secure the Icelandic nation adequate and timely COVID-19 vaccines.

From Vatnajökull National Park.

National Park in Highlands Faces Opposition

14 Dec A bill introduced in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, last week by Minister for the Environment Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson regarding the establishment of a national park in the central highlands of Iceland faces opposition from some members of the Progressive and Independence parties.

Icelandic PM Presents New Goals Regarding Climate Issues

10 Dec Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir will present Iceland’s new climate goals at a United Nations climate summit, scheduled for Saturday.

How Will BREXIT Affect Icelanders?

7 Dec The Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs has posted a list on its website of what changes to expect regarding relations between the UK and Iceland when the BREXIT transition period ends on January 1.

From the ECHR building.

ECHR’s Grand Chamber Confirms Court’s Ruling in Landsréttur Case

1 Dec The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has just confirmed the previous ruling of the ECHR regarding the Icelandic Court of Appeal (Landsréttur).

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