The Reykjanes District Court yesterday issued fines to nine individuals in relation to protests regarding the construction of a new road through Gálgahraun lava field connecting Garðabær and Álftanes in the capital area.
Former Mayor of Reykjavík Jón Gnarr is among five recipients of this year’s Lennon-Ono Grant For Peace awards. Artist Yoko Ono, who is the founder of the awards, stated that Jón has inspired others to get involved in politics.
Forty-two percent of Icelanders are against the Muslim Association of Iceland building a mosque in the country while 29.7 percent said they supported it, according to a new poll by MMR. The results are similar to previous polls conducted by MMR.
Fisherman Kristján Lár Gunnarsson, who lives in Stykkishólmur, West Iceland, sent message in a bottle from the islands Bjarneyjar in Breiðafjörður bay in 1995, when he was there collecting eggs with his family. This summer, Kristján happened upon the same bottle.
The application of Ghasem Mohmadi, an asylum seeker from Afghanistan, to reside in Iceland has been approved. Last spring, Mohmadi protested his planned deportation to Sweden under the Dublin Regulation with a hunger strike.
The street lamps along Skólavörðustígur in downtown Reykjavík turned pink last week on the occasion of the annual ‘Pink October’ initiative to raise awareness of cancer in women. This year, the Cancer Society is encouraging young women to show up for regular checkups.
Iceland tops a ranking of the world’s biggest “energy gluttons” at 18,774 kg of oil equivalents per capita, beating big oil and gas producers such as Qatar, Trinidad and Tobago and Kuwait.
Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has assigned Davíð Þór Björgvinsson, a former judge at the European Court of Human Rights, with the task of determining whether a 40-year-old murder case should be reopened.
One of the biggest cases in which the Office of the Special Prosecutor in Iceland has filed charges, the result of extensive investigations of banking affairs following the economic crisis in 2008, opened in Reykjavík District Court on Wednesday.
A police officer in Egilsstaðir, East Iceland, has been suspended while accusations against him of defrauding tourists are being investigated. The officer is believed to have fined drivers, mostly foreign tourists, for speeding, asking for cash and keeping the money.
State Prosecutor Sigríður Friðjónsdóttir declared herself to be incompetent in taking a position on the request to reopen the 40-year-old ‘Guðmundur and Geirfinnur’ murder case yesterday.
The man suspected of killing his wife on Saturday night says he is not guilty. He is undergoing psychiatric evaluation. Police say that they think the woman was strangled.
Police are now investigating the death of a 26 year old woman who was found dead in Breiðholt in Reykjavík last night.
The University of Iceland and Tsinghua University in Beijing recently signed a partnership agreement when Kristin Ingólfsdóttir, director of the University of Iceland, visited the Chinese capital.
The municipality of Reykjanesbær in Southwest Iceland is short of teachers and needs about as many new instructors as are graduating from the Teacher Education Program at the University of Iceland this year.
During the last few days, the police in the capital region have arrested several men on account of drug possession, production and abuse.
There is still no sign of the German tourist Christian Mathias Markus who recently went missing in Breiðavík in the West Fjords.
As of this afternoon, 3,019 Icelandic men have taken part in the campaign HeForShe which aims to mobilize men against the discrimination of women. The initiative was brought to life by a speech that actress Emma Watson gave on feminism at the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday.
A young German tourist, Christian Mathias Markus, born October 11, 1980 is missing. He was last seen on Thursday, September 18, when he left the hotel in Breiðavík in the West Fjords.
Data by the Icelandic Medical Association shows that there are currently 1,100 physicians practicing in the country. More than half of them are over 50 years old. Since 2009, the total number of practicing physicians has decreased by 110.
About 300 people gathered for the Loftslagsganga (‘Climate Walk’) in Reykjavík on Sunday. The walk was part of an initiative organized by the global movement Peoples Climate March, calling for the restriction of greenhouse gas emissions.
The director of the kindergarten Heilsuleikskólinn Kærabær in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South Iceland, is accused of having tied a child to a chair with a scarf as punishment because it would not sit still and eat its food.
Cargo ship Green Freezer ran aground on a skerry by Fáskrúðsfjörður, the East Fjords, yesterday evening. An attempt will be made to tow it loose at high tide tonight. Another transport vessel, Akrafell, ran aground at a similar location recently, the future of which is...