Tourists on Skólavörðustígur, Reykjavík.

How Will Iceland React to Increasing Influx of Tourists?

News Tagged with “Icelandic Government”

ISK 300 Billion Deficit Expected in 2020

28 May The Icelandic Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs predicts the government deficit this year will amount to ISK 300 billion.

From the US naval base, Keflavík.

Left-Greens Reject NATO Project in Helguvík Harbor

14 May The Left-Green Movement has rejected major NATO projects on the Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland, Morgunblaðið reports.

Opening Iceland’s Borders Is Important

7 May Icelandic Foreign Minister Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson tells Morgunblaðið that various ways of reopening Iceland to tourism are being discussed.

Some Restrictions Lifted in Iceland Today

4 May Some restrictions regarding public gatherings in Iceland, imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19, were lifted at midnight.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Part-Time Unemployment Benefits Extended

28 Apr The Icelandic government has just announced the next phase of its stimulus package at a press conference.

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Minister of Transport and Local Government Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, at yesterday's press conference.

Second Economic Stimulus Package Introduced

22 Apr The Icelandic government introduced the second phase of its economic measures yesterday, intended to limit the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir, left, and Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, at the press conference.

Some Restriction to be Lifted May 4

14 Apr At a press conference this afternoon, Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir announced the next steps to be taken in Iceland toward lifting restrictions on public gatherings.

Icelandair and Government Sign Agreement

30 Mar An agreement was signed Friday between Icelandair and the Icelandic State, in which Icelandair agrees to continue flying to Boston and either to London or Stockholm two days a week.

From the press conference Saturday. From left: Minister of Transport and Local Government Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir, and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson.

Sweeping Economic Measures in Response to Pandemic

23 Mar The Icelandic government announced sweeping economic measures Saturday, intended to limit the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason, Minister of Health Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir and Minister for Education Lilja Alfreðsdóttir.

Public Gatherings Limited to 20 People

23 Mar Icelandic authorities announced stricter measures last night, intended to further slow the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir.

Icelandic Government Discusses Ban on Travel to Schengen Area

17 Mar The 30-day ban on non-essential travel to the Schengen Area in Europe, called for last night by German Foreign Minister and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, will be discussed at a government meeting in Iceland today.

Taking it easy at home seems like the best option right now.

Ban on Public Gatherings in Effect in Iceland

16 Mar A four-week ban on public gatherings of more than 100 people took effect in Iceland at midnight.

The European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France.

Hearing on Landsréttur Case in Process in Strasbourg

5 Feb The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is currently holding a Grand Chamber hearing in the so-called Landsréttur appeals court case.

The suggested area of the central highlands park is shown in green.

‘Milestone in Nature Protection’

4 Dec The establishment of a national park in the central highlands of Iceland is under discussion.

Minister of Justice Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, on her way to a government meeting this morning.

National Police Commissioner to Remain in Office

24 Sep National Police Commissioner Haraldur Johannessen will remain in office for the time being, according to


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