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Jeep driving towards a mountain

… It Tolls for Thee

The government is currently examining whether to introduce tolls on all roads out of the Reykjavík capital area as a means of financing urgent road construction projects.

NATO exercise.

NATO Exercises in Faxaflói Bay

Faxaflói bay, Southwest Iceland, was the site of an eerily warlike situation yesterday, as warships, helicopters, fighter jets, and submarines were all present.

Money

Bills Will not Be Banned

Initial responses to a proposal to take the 5,000 and 10,000 króna bills out of circulation to counter tax evasion show that society is not yet ready for such a radical idea, according to Iceland’s Minister of Finance Benedikt Jóhannesson.

Viking Squad

MP Suggests Calling Emergency Line to Disarm Police

Andri Þór Sturluson, member of parliament for the Pirate Party, took to Facebook in order to encourage those who are against the arming of Icelandic police officers to call the national emergency hotline (112) whenever they see suspicious, armed men, whoever they may be.

Alþingi parliament

Consensus Rules in Parliament

Very few matters about which there is a difference of opinion ​between the governing parties and the opposition are getting through Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament.

Alþingishúsið

MP on Verge of Tears in Podium

Nichole Leigh Mosty, member of parliament for Bright Future, was on the verge of tears at the beginning of her speech to Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament during so-called kitchen day discussion last night.

Icelandic and British flags.

‘Our Thoughts Are with the Victims’

“Our thoughts are with the victims, and with our friends the British,” stated Iceland’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarson, in reaction to an explosion in Manchester, England, last night.

Mývatn.

Polluters by Mývatn Must Pay

Iceland’s Minister for the Environment Björt Ólafsdóttir says it’s out of the question for the state to pay for sewage treatment for hotels or other businesses by Mývatn lake in Northeast Iceland.

Reykjanes geothermal power plant.

Iceland to Set Up Rainy Day Fund

Iceland’s Minister of Finance has decided the State will not sell the Landsvirkjun national energy company, as his predecessor had arranged. Instead, future dividends from shares in the national power company will be put into an emergency back-up fund, which will be set up to help Iceland get...

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