Icelanders’ Trust in Media Down

Trust in all Icelandic media outlets, with the exception of DV, has decreased, according to a new poll conducted by MMR. Fourteen and a half percent of respondents said they trusted DV “a lot” compared to 10 percent a year ago.

Reykjavík cemetry

No Place for the Dead in Reykjavík

Within six to eight years the graveyards in the capital area will be completely full, according to Þórsteinn Ragnarsson, director of the service company for graveyards in Reykjavík, Kirkjugarðar Reykjavíkurprófastsdæma.

Akureyri in winter.

Person Fired for not Disposing Asbestos Safely

An employee of waste management company Íslenska gámafélagið was fired after it turned out that asbestos waste had not been disposed of properly but instead left in a non-secure area in Akureyri, North Iceland. Asbestos fibers can cause serious illnesses, including lung cancer.


Surgeons and Physiatrists in Iceland on Strike

A 48-hour strike among surgeons and psychiatrists at Landspítali National University Hospital began at midnight. At the same time doctors at other hospital wards concluded their 48-hour strike. No progress has been made in negotiations between doctors and the state.

Julien Blanc

Pick Up Artist’s Iceland Workshop Canceled?

A planned three-day course on how to seduce women by self-described ‘pick up artist’ Julien Blanc to be held in Iceland next June may have been canceled, reports. The lecture no longer appears on the American company Real Social Dynamics’ website.

Missing Tourist Found Dead

The man reported missing on Sunday afternoon was found dead on Miðnesheiði outside the security fence of Keflavík International Airport at noon yesterday. The initial news indicated that he might have been alive. Search and rescue volunteers had searched for him the entire night.

Keflavík International Airport

Missing Tourist Found near Keflavík Airport

The foreign citizen reported missing yesterday was found outside the fence of Keflavík International Airport at noon today. Paramedics were called out to estimate the man’s condition. Overall, 111 search and rescue members took part in the search.

A woman's shoe.

TV Station Boss Asks Sales Reps to Show Cleavage

Female salespersons at the new television station iSTV walked out when the chairman of the board, Þorsteinn Steingrímsson, asked them to wear low-cut shirts, push-up bras, mini skirts and high heels when meeting with possible advertisers.

search rescue

Tourist Missing in Southwest Iceland

Between 70 and 80 search and rescue volunteers are searching for a man who was reported missing yesterday afternoon. The man, who is a foreign citizen on a visit to his relatives in the country, is believed to be lost on Reykjanes peninsula, Southwest Iceland.


Talks between Doctors and State Going Nowhere

After 42 meetings in the five months since the wage dispute between doctors in the Icelandic Medical Association and Surgeon’s Association and representatives of the Icelandic health authorities was referred to the State Negotiator, talks are going nowhere.


Press Freedom in Iceland in Decline

Freedom of the press has been in decline in Iceland during the past two years. That’s the conclusion of Reporters Without Borders, which published a statement about the issue on its homepage yesterday.

Heckler & Koch MP5

Machine Guns Remain Sealed at Airport

A receipt for the 250 MP5 submachine guns delivered to the Icelandic Coast Guard is yet to be received and therefore the guns have not been cleared by customs and remain sealed in the storage of the Icelandic Coast Guard at Keflavík International Airport.


Former Landsbanki CEO Sentenced to 12 Months

Sigurjón Þ. Árnason, former CEO of Landsbanki, was sentenced to 12 months in prison by Reykjavík District Court earlier this morning for market manipulation between November 1, 2007 and October 3, 2008.

Police car

Police Investigate if Attack Was Paid For

The police are continuing to investigate the incident in Akureyri, North Iceland, last week where a Molotov cocktail was thrown at an empty vehicle outside the home of an employee of the District Commissioner’s Office early in the morning of November 12.

Women with their babies in Reykjavík

Unusually Many Twins Born in Iceland

So far this year 58 pairs of twins were born at Landspítali National University Hospital in Reykjavík. From January to November in 2013, 49 twins were born at the hospital, so the increase measures 18.4 percent between years.

EU referendum protest on Austurvöllur, Reykjavík

Third Protest in Series Targets Interior Minister

Approximately 800 people gathered on Austurvöllur square in front of the Icelandic parliament yesterday to protest against the government and specifically Minister of the Interior Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir. This is the third Monday in a row that a demonstration takes place on Austurvöllur.