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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...

Icelandic money

Iceland Lifts Capital Controls

At a press conference yesterday, Icelandic Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson and Minister of Finance Benedikt Jóhannesson announced that all capital controls for individuals, companies and pension funds will be lifted tomorrow.

Equal pay bill.

Iceland’s Equal Pay Certificate Bill Gets Attn

The announcement by the Icelandic government Wednesday that it plans to introduce a bill in parliament, requiring companies to prove they pay all employees the same, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexuality and nationality, has received attention world-wide.

Guðni Th. Jóhannesson.

President Critical of High Court

Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson believes it was a major mistake after the 2008 banking collapse to make use of an ancient and outdated clause in the Icelandic constitution to assemble the High Court of Iceland.

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