The heads of the Reykjavík police and the Icelandic Coast Guard met with the Judicial Affairs and Education Committee of the Icelandic Parliament yesterday to answer questions about the import of roughly 300 submachine guns from Norway.
Forty individuals have been accused of purchasing sex. According to the website of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, if convicted, the accused face fines or imprisonment of up to one year.
Last night many residents of Reyðarfjörður in East Iceland saw and unidentified object fly across the sky.
The International Press Institute (IPI) released a statement yesterday condemning the libel case of Þórey Vilhjálmsdóttir, assistant to Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir, against DV journalists Jón Bjarki Magnússon and Jóhann Páll Jóhannsson in the ‘leak affair.’
The Icelandic Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management received a notice at 13:13 pm today that an airplane had landed at Keflavík International Airport because a person onboard was possibly infected with Ebola. It was later confirmed that this was not the case.
Patients at the emergency room of Landspítali National University Hospital had to wait to be treated longer than usual last night because some of the doctors working there were on strike. Doctors working at the hospital’s intensive care unit, operating room, anesthetic and gerontology wards...
The police were called to a store in Reykjavík earlier this week in response to a report of peculiar behavior of a young man. The man, who was only wearing pants and socks, had lain down to sleep in the store. He later began to converse with the seat of the police car.
The meeting held on Wednesday to discuss the wage dispute between the Icelandic Medical Association (LÍ) and the state ended with no solution. The first strike among doctors in Iceland ended at midnight yesterday, but a new strike is set to start on Monday.
The public’s faith in politics and banks seems not to have been restored in Iceland since the 2008 economic collapse. In a new survey by MMR, 54.7 percent of respondents stated they had little faith in Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament, and 66.8 percent had little faith in the banking system....
A police report on protests in Iceland 2008-2011 recently made public included names and other personal information by mistake. The information had been blackened out in the hard copy of the report in line with the law but could still be read under bright light.
Rannveig Rist and Jóhann Ásgeir Baldurs, former board members of savings bank SPRON, both maintained their innocence when the special prosecutor’s case against them opened in Reykjavík District Court this morning. The case involves a ISK 2 billion loan.
The Icelandic Medical Association (LÍ) and representatives of the state will discuss the ongoing wage dispute today. The last meeting was on Monday. The strike among 160 of LÍ’s doctors, which began at midnight on Sunday, continues.
Poverty among children during the period 2008 to 2012 has increased most in Iceland out of the OECD countries, according to a new UNICEF report entitled Children of the Recession: The impact of the economic crisis on child well-being in rich countries.
In the World Economic Forum’s recently-released Global Gender Gap Report 2014, Iceland tops the ranking of the world’s nations with the smallest gender gap for the sixth year in a row. Nordic nations take up the first five seats of the index.
The Icelandic Coast Guard plans to use 100 of the 250 submachine guns sent from Norway over the last year on board its ships and in spare parts.
Tómas Guðbjartsson, professor and chief physician at Landspítali National University Hospital, contradicts Minister of Health Kristján Þór Júlíusson, who recently stated in an interview on RÚV’s news magazine Kastljós that there have been no layoffs at the hospital since 2009...
Doctors in the Icelandic Medical Association, including general practitioners, began a strike at midnight last night. At the healthcare center in the suburb of Efra-Breiðholt, where there are usually eight doctors, there will only be one doctor working today and tomorrow and they will only tend...
Around 35 percent of Icelanders wash their bedding every three weeks or less, according to a new poll by MMR published on Friday.
Asylum seeker Adam Ibrahim Pasha from Iraq went on hunger strike on Monday after his application for asylum in Iceland was rejected by the Directorate of Immigration last Friday.
Colonel Dag Aamoth, press spokesman for the Norwegian Armed Forces, released a statement yesterday saying that the Norwegian Armed Forced had sold the Icelandic Coast Guard 250 MP5 submachine guns for NOK 625,000.
The word fáviti (‘imbecile’) will be omitted from the 222nd article of the general Icelandic penal code if a new bill, currently being drafted, is passed in parliament. Instead “individuals with developmental disability” will be referred to.
Snorri Magnússon, chair of the Police Federation of Iceland, said in an interview with mbl.is that the police force in Iceland has had machine guns for many years but needed to renew its stock of weapons.
Google has received 127 requests to delete a combined 282 urls from individuals with relationships to Iceland.
The Icelandic state was ordered by the European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday to pay damages of EUR 8,000 (ISK 1.2 million, USD 10,000) to Icelandic journalist Erla Hlynsdóttir.