Minister of Transport and Local Government Sigurður Ingi Jóhannsson.

Want to Restrict Foreign Ownership of Land

18 Jul Sigurður Ingi Jóhannson, minister of transport and local government hopes a draft bill regarding the purchase of land in Iceland by foreigners will be ready this fall.

Sigríður Hlynur is pleased with the name change.

Man Named after His Grandma Sigríður

11 Jul “This is a total victory; my name is Sigríður Hlynur!”

Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Gender Autonomy Act Applauded

21 Jun Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, approved a gender autonomy act this week.

From the Vaðlaheiði Tunnel this summer.

No light at the end of the (Vaðlaheiði) Tunnel

29 Aug A dispute has arisen regarding the financing of Vaðlaheiði tunnel, which, when completed, will shorten the driving distance between Akureyri and Húsavík, North Iceland, by 16 km.

Tourists at Öxarárfoss at Þingvellir.

Rain doesn't deter tourists from visiting Þingvellir

4 Sep 2017 Þingvellir, the historic site of Europe's first parliament, or althing, is also one of the most magnificent areas of natural beauty in Iceland. Thousands of tourists visit Þingvellir every year.

Babies often take nap outside in the cold.

20 strange and awesome facts about Iceland

29 Jan 2017 Iceland is a country of many wonders. There are a however some things raise the eyebrows of tourists travelling in Iceland. Here is a list of twenty top strange and awesome facts about Iceland.

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

1 Jan 2017 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?

Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

Pirates given mandate to form new Iceland government

2 Dec 2016 Pirate MP Birgitta Jónsdóttir has been formally mandated by the President of Iceland to form a government following recent general elections, it has just been announced.

Bjarni Benediktsson and Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Talks between Iceland’s top two parties break down

1 Dec 2016 The two parties who took first and second place in Iceland’s general elections see no way forward for formal coalition talks between them.

Budget talks loom as Iceland remains without a government

30 Nov 2016 Icelandic MPs are expected to be convened next week to debate the draft State budget for 2017 – despite the country still being run by a caretaker government.

Party leaders discussed matters over the weekend.

Still no clarity on who will form Iceland’s next government

29 Nov 2016 Three days after Iceland’s political parties were told by the President to sort out a new government for themselves, there is still no sign of formal coalition talks getting under way.

President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

President will not give a third coalition mandate

25 Nov 2016 Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson has rejected the suggestion that Iceland is facing a crisis of goverment, despite two failed attempts at forming a working majority.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir speaking to journalists after her meeting with the President.

Second leader gives up on forming Iceland government

25 Nov 2016 Leader of Iceland’s Left-Green Movement Katrín Jakobsdóttir has formally renounced the presidential mandate given to her to form a majority government to rule Iceland.

Katrín Jakobsdóttir.

Uncertainty ahead as Iceland coalition talks fall through again

23 Nov 2016 Talks between Iceland’s five opposition parties to form a broad-church coalition to govern the country fell through this afternoon after a crunch meeting between party leaders.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir.

New Pirate ministers would no longer serve as MPs

21 Nov 2016 Any member of Iceland’s Pirate Party who is made a minister in a future government would have to surrender their position as a Member of Parliament, leading Pirate Birgitta Jónsdóttir confirms.

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