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Iceland Review,  30 June 2020 4:11 PM
Landmark Bill Includes Psychotherapy Under Icelandic Health Insurance
Iceland’s Parliament passed a bill yesterday ensuring psychotherapy will be covered by public health insurance on the same grounds as other health services. Reform Party Chairperson Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir was the primary proponent of the bill, which was introduced by 23 MPs from all sitting parties and unanimously approved. It will take effect in 2021. […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 June 2020 3:30 PM
Minister Of Education Quarantined, Parliament Sanitised
Minister of Education Lilja Alfreðsdóttir will be quarantined for the next two weeks. She reported on her Facebook page last... more

Iceland Review,  30 June 2020 2:35 PM
Song From Eurovision Film in iTunes’ Top Ten
Power ballad Húsavík, featured in the newly-released Will Ferrel and Rachel McAdams film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga is currently the 7th most popular song on iTunes in the US. The song is charting 4th in Ireland, 5th in the UK, and 8th in Australia on the streaming platform. Critics, however, are […] more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 June 2020 1:11 PM
Björk Announces Trio Of Harpa Summer Performances With Iceland Airwaves
Björk’s back baby. That’s right, everyone’s go-to Icelandic pop culture reference and unofficial queen of kooky headpieces will be gracing... more,  30 June 2020 12:39 PM
Many Workers’ Housing Conditions Are ‘Very Dangerous’
The house on Bræðraborgarstígur 1, where three people lost their lives on Thursday. Thousands of workers in Iceland, most of them foreign, are believed to be provided with housing by their employers. more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 June 2020 12:38 PM
Growing Calls For Reform Following House Fire That Killed Three Polish Workers
Urgent calls for legislative change are growing in the wake of a house fire on Bræðraborgarstígur 1 that killed three... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 June 2020 12:31 PM
Japanese Koi Fish In Elliðaá
A man looking for salmon last night caught a glimpse of a rather unusual sight in Elliðaá river yesterday evening,... more

Reykjavík Grapevine,  30 June 2020 11:57 AM
Ghost Driven Off Farmstead By Professional Exorcist
On an old farm near Hvolsvöllur, an alleged ghost was driven off by an exorcist. Power company Landsvirkjun hired Reverend... more,  30 June 2020 11:07 AM
Icelandair Postpones Offering of New Shares
Icelandair Group’s public offering has been postponed until August. more,  30 June 2020 10:16 AM
Unclear When Restrictions Will Be Eased
Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason. Plans to ease restrictions on public gatherings in Iceland on July 13 will likely be delayed. more

Iceland Review,  29 June 2020 4:40 PM
Iceland Considers Testing and Quarantine of Residents Arriving from Abroad
Iceland’s Chief Epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason stated in a briefing today that Icelandic residents arriving from abroad should avoid large gatherings for two weeks even if they had tested negative for COVID-19. Around 400 people have been placed in quarantine after a football player who returned to Iceland from the United States tested positive for COVID-19. […] more

Iceland Review,  29 June 2020 3:45 PM
Two Die in Traffic Accident Outside Reykjavík
A collision between a camper van and a motorcycle on Vesturlandsvegur outside Reykjavík yesterday afternoon caused the death of the motorcycle driver and passenger, RÚV reports. The driver of a second motorcycle was also hospitalised with serious injuries after he lost control of his vehicle. Recent road works may have played a part in the […] more,  29 June 2020 12:57 PM
Two People Die in Collision on Newly Paved Road
Two people died yesterday when a motorcycle and a camper collided in Kjalarnes, just north of Reykjavík. more

Iceland Review,  29 June 2020 12:24 PM
Fire Sparks Conversation About Working Conditions Facing Foreigners
Around 400 people gathered in front of Iceland’s parliament building yesterday to show solidarity with the victims of a Reykjavík house fire that left three dead and two in critical condition. The group marched to the burnt building, where many laid flowers in memory of the victims. The event’s attendees called for stricter regulations on […] more,  29 June 2020 11:43 AM
Gathering Mourns Fire Victims and Demands Safe Housing
Flowers in front of the ruins. Hundreds of people gathered on Austurvöllur square at noon yesterday to pay their respects to the victims of a house fire in Reykjavík Thursday, in which three foreign workers lost their lives. more,  29 June 2020 10:10 AM
Guðni Th. Jóhannesson Reelected President
First Lady Eliza Reid and President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson was reelected president of Iceland Saturday, receiving an overwhelming majority of the vote. more,  28 June 2020 8:01 AM
Reykjavík Fringe Festival July 4-12
The third annual Reykjavík Fringe Festival is scheduled for July 4-12. more,  27 June 2020 8:04 AM
Reykjavík Is Ready for Summer
From Laugavegur. The City of Reykjavík has launched an initiative, aimed at attracting visitors this summer. more,  26 June 2020 12:56 PM
Labor Leaders Call for Thorough Investigation
Fire fighters at work yesterday. reports that the house at Bræðraborgarstígur 1, Reykjavík, destroyed in a fire yesterday in which three people lost their lives, was registered as the permanent residence of 73 people. more,  26 June 2020 12:15 PM
NATO Project Underway at KEF Airport
The work in progress. A project underway within the security area of Keflavík International Airport aims at improving facilities for NATO member nations. more,  26 June 2020 10:03 AM
House Fire in Reykjavík Leaves Three People Dead
Three people are dead and two are in intensive care after fire erupted in a house on the corner of Vesturgata and Bræðraborgarstígur, Reykjavík, yesterday afternoon more,  25 June 2020 12:20 PM
Icelandair and Flight Attendants Sign Agreement
An agreement was reached this morning in labor negotiations between Icelandair and flight attendants. more

IceNews,  24 June 2020 1:18 AM
The High North begins to carefully open up for visitors
Nordic and Nordic-Arctic countries are beginning to carefully open up from COVID-19 lockdowns and travel restrictions. Greenland which was on total lockdown for over three months, even domestically, has opened its borders, but arrivals are limited to visitors from Denmark, Iceland and the Faroe Islands. Authorities in the Faroe Islands sent early on a clear […] more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  22 June 2020 7:20 AM
A strong earthquake swarm offshore North Iceland
A strong earthquake swarm started on 19th of June offshore North Iceland, NE of Siglufjörður. Three earthquakes above M5.0 have occurred since the swarm started. On 20th of June a M5.4 earthquake occurred at 15:05 and a M5.6 at 19:26. Both these earthquakes were located around 20 km NE of Siglufjörður. The largest earthquake of the swarm occurred on 21st of June at 19:07 and was M5.8.more

The Icelandic Meteorological Office,  16 June 2020 2:45 PM
Evidences that Grímsvötn volcano is getting ready for the next eruption
During its active period, as it is since the eruption in 1996, Grímsvötn erupts on average each 5-10 years. The last eruption occurred in 2011 and it was a fairly large and powerful event. Between eruptions, the deformation data indicate the gradual accumulation of new magma at depth and the increased pressure in the system. In the last weeks scientists from the IMO measured SO2 in the southwest corner of the caldera in Grímsvötn, close to where the last eruptions in 2004 and 2011 took place.more

IceNews,  21 May 2020 8:06 PM
Awarding Destination Iceland campaign to M&C Saatchi UK leads to a lawsuit
In Iceland, like elsewhere, authorities have reacted in diverse ways to the negative economic impact of COVID-19. Amongst projects included in the government’s a stimulus packages aimed at protecting jobs and businesses in the country’s all-important tourism industry, was the funding of a 300 million ISK marketing project for Íslandsstofa, Promote Iceland. That project is […] more news
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