Politics and Society

Icelandic women priests join the #metoo movement

15 Jan Women priests in Iceland have released a statement in connection with the #metoo movement speaking out against sexual violence, harassment and prejudice within their ranks. They urge the bishop of Iceland and the church commission to push for change.

Magdalena Sigurðardóttir is now a counsellor for women with drug and alcohol dependence.

Icelandic woman slept in a garbage dumpster next to a rat and her young

12 Jan Magdalena Sigurðardóttir had spent three nights in a garbage dumpster next to a rat and her young when she realised she had hit rock botton. She had been battling alcohol and drug addiction for fourteen years and had lost everything.

Icelandic women demand action against sexual violence, harassment and discrimination.

Over five thousand Icelandic women have signed #metoo declarations

12 Jan Over five thousand Icelandic woman from various sectors of society have now signed declarations in connection with the #metoo movement demanding action against sexual violence, harassment and discrimination.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Movement.

Strong support for the new government

31 Dec Roughly three out of every four voters in Iceland support the government, which took power at the end of November under the premiership of Katrín Jakobsdóttir following the general elections a month earlier, according to a fresh opinion poll by Gallup or about 74%.

Halldóra Mogensen,MP for the Pirate Party presented the proposal yesterday at Parliament.

Iceland's Pirate Party wants to legalise cannabis for medical use

17 Dec The MP's for the Pirate Party put forward a proposal yesterday to the Minister of Health to allow the use and production of cannabis for medicinal use in Iceland.

Emmanuel Macron, President of France, with Icelandic Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir in Paris yesterday.

Iceland presents decision to exceed goals of Paris Agreement at One Planet Summit

13 Dec Iceland's new governmental decision to take global warming issues further than the Paris Agreement entails met with a great reception at the One Planet summit yesterday. It was new PM Katrín Jakobsdóttir who spoke at the summit to present Iceland's environmental and global warming policies.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Jakobsdóttir attends Paris climate summit

12 Dec Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir is currently in Paris where she is attending a global leaders summit called the One Planet Summit today.

Magnús Ágústsson is 95 years old and believes he will never know why that RAF plane shot at him when he was a teenager.

Icelandic man remembers RAF plane shooting at him 75 years ago in remote farmland

8 Dec Magnús Ágústsson, a teenager at the time, was going to gather sheep in Bieringstangi in Vatnsleysuströnd on the Reykjanes peninsula 75 years ago when he saw a plane flying low over his farm and going straight towards him.

Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs thinks Trump's decision is worrying and disappointing.

Icelandic Foreign Minister worried about Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

7 Dec Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, Minister for Foreign Affairs is worried about US President Donald Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel. He finds the decision worrying and disappointing.

Hundreds of women in different career fields have spoken out about sexual harassment, sexual violence and rape.

"Suddenly someone stuck a penis inside me"

5 Dec Women in theatre and the field of cinema in Iceland have come out with stories of sexual harassment and even rape using the hashtag #Metoo. In Iceland, several groups of women have come forward following the furor surrounding the Weinstein scandal in the US.

Katrin Jakobsdóttir in the video Listen Baby, a single released by the Bang Gang in 1996.

Prime Minister kills it in a music video made twenty years ago

1 Dec A twenty year old music video has resurfaced today in Icelandic media with Katrín Jakobsdóttir becoming Prime Minister. Jakobsdóttir starred in a music video by Icelandic band Bang Gang playing a femme fatale in shades in 1996.

The new Prime Minister, accepts the keys to the Prime Ministry from the ex Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson who now takes on the role of Minister of Finance.

"Weird that I'm only the second woman"

1 Dec Today, ex PM Bjarni Benediktsson handed over the keys to the Prime Ministry to the new Prime Minister, Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Bjarni Benediktsson, Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson at the press meeting at the National Gallery this morning.

New Icelandic government presented

30 Nov At a press meeting this morning, it was revealed that the Left Green Movement will be in charge of the Minsitry of Health and the Ministry for the Environment. The Independence Party will receive the Ministry of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Justice, and the Progressive Party will head the Ministries of Industry, Fishing, Tourism and Agriculture.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir ,Leader of the Left Green Movement and Prime Minister of Iceland walks into the House of Parliament yesterday.

Meet Iceland's new Prime Minister

30 Nov Iceland's new Prime Minister is Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Movement. Jakobsdóttir is 41 years old and a mother of three and becomes the second woman to head a government in Iceland.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir, leader of the Left Green Alliance presented the governmental agreement reached to the rest of her party tonight.

Jakobsdóttir becomes new Prime Minister of Iceland tomorrow

29 Nov The governmental agreement between theLeft Green Alliance, the Independence Party, and the Progressive Party has been accepted at each individual party meeting today. The Left Green Alliance voted for the governmental agreement with 80 % of votes. Jakobsdóttir will therefore become Iceland's new Prime Minister tomorrow.

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