Responding to concerns about the state of the city’s pre- and grade schools, the City of Reykjavík voted today to allocate ISK 920 million (USD 8 million, EUR 7.1 million) to various parts of the schools’ operation.
Sveinbjörg Birna Björnsdóttir, who represents the Progressive Party at the Reykjavík City Council, plans to ask for a temporary leave of absence at a city council meeting today.
The revelation made last night by the huge leak of documents from a law firm in Panama, linking PM Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson to a company on Tortola, and other Icelandic politicians to companies in tax havens, continues to have widespread repercussions.
Following Iceland’s adoption of Christianity in around 1000 AD, it is believed a church was built on the present-day corner of Aðalstræti and Kirkjustræti in Reykjavík. 800 years’ worth of Reykjavík residents are buried in the graveyard, which is now being excavated.
Reykjavík city council was last week informed that producers are hoping to film a new television series in City Hall.
The City of Reykjavík’s human rights committee is considering a suggestion made through the ‘Better Reykjavík’ website that city toilets and changing rooms, including at swimming pools, should be gender neutral.
Residents of Grundarhverfi, on the small Kjalarnes peninsula, are upset with the Directorate of Immigration for housing 43 asylum seekers in their neighborhood. A heated public meeting took place this week.
Reykjavík shares 29th place with the Jordanian capital Amman on a list of the world’s most expensive cities.
At a meeting yesterday, the Reykjavík City Council unanimously agreed to advertise for companies to establish and run bike rentals in the city.
There is a lot of slippery ice on roads and pavements in the capital region today, following several warm days and temperatures at, or just below, freezing today.
The City of Reykjavík and the Directorate of Immigration this morning signed an agreement to provide services to up to 90 asylum seekers.
Part of the Berlin Wall was received by Reykjavík Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson by Höfði House Saturday.
The Reykjavík City Council yesterday withdrew a motion regarding the boycott of products from Israel.
A number of passengers of Icelandair and WOW Air have canceled their tickets to Iceland to protest a decision made by the Reykjavík City Council to boycott Israeli goods and services.
Mayor of Reykjavík Dagur B. Eggertsson announced today on Icelandic national broadcaster RÚV that Reykjavík City Council will cancel its previously-announced boycott of Israeli products, explaining that the city will now only boycott goods produced in occupied territories.
The City of Reykjavík’s decision this week to boycott goods and services from Israel was a symbolic gesture intended to garner publicity and generate conversation. The fallout is probably more than the council bargained for.
Property prices continue to rise in Reykjavík, partly because of pressure from the tourist rental market.