Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Grímsstaðir Committee to Discuss Long-Term Lease

Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir stated that the committee appointed to review the legislation of leasing land to citizens outside the EEA will present its proposals on the case of Chinese investor Huang Nubo’s interest in Grímsstaðir á Fjöllum shortly.


NSA Permitted to Spy in Iceland

Iceland is among the nations in which the U.S. intelligence agency, the National Security Agency (NSA) has been given authority to intercept through U.S. companies the communications of its overseas targets and communications about its targets, according to the Washington Post.

Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir

Former Icelandic PM Speaks at World Pride

Former Prime Minister of Iceland Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir said at the World Pride Human Rights conference, held in Toronto last week, that in hindsight her and her wife, Jónína Leósdóttir, did not have to wait that long to publicly reveal their feelings for each other.

Jón Gnarr talks to NBC

Jón Gnarr ‘Won’t Rule out Running for President’

When asked whether he would consider running for higher office, former Reykjavík mayor and comedian Jón Gnarr said in an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Friday, while laughing hysterically, that he wouldn’t rule out running for president.

EFTA signs declaration with the Philippines

EFTA Holds Ministerial Meeting in Westman Islands

The European Free Trade Association (EFTA) held its summer ministerial meeting in the Westman Islands today. Among the issues discussed at the meeting, chaired by Iceland’s foreign minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson, was developments in EFTA’s preferential trade relations.

Money - Icelandic Króna

State Takes Responsibility for Nursing Home Pensions

The Icelandic Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs, 11 nursing homes, the state workers’ pension fund and the nurses’ pension fund have signed a contract on the state’s takeover of nearly all pension liabilities connected to the nursing homes’ staff using both pension funds.

Salmann Tamimi

Icelanders Registering as Protest Muslims

“I have received emails from people asking how they can register to the Association.
I was a bit surprised but very pleased by these enquiries,” says Salmann Tamimi, the leader of the Muslim Association of Iceland, asked whether he had noticed an increase in the number of new registrations...

Bjarni Benediktsson and Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

PM Criticized for Free Fishing Trip

In a post on her Facebook page yesterday, Former PM Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir criticized Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson and Finance Minister Bjarni Benediktsson for having gone fishing without paying at the opening day of the river Norðurá, West Iceland.