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Iceland can afford to, Finland can’t afford not to. The English just put on a sweater. A revolution has been happening in my home: the radiators are off and the heat is down.  more
 
 
Icelanders are famous for their excessive fireworks display on the last day of the year and last New Year’s Eve was no different. Most families in Iceland buy fireworks to support a good cause and to welcome the New Year with a blast. Click on the picture to watch a glimpse of the fireworks display last New Year’s Eve in Reykjavík.  more
Fjallabyggd (“Mountain Settlement”) is a skier’s dream. Its slopes are perfect for slaloming and there are also tracks for telemark skiing. Winter sporting enthusiasts can also go ice skating or rent snowmobiles. In summer, Fjallabyggd turns into a paradise for hikers. Read this special promotion about one of Iceland’s best hidden gems.  more

27/01/2009 | 12:14

Sigurdardóttir Ready to Become Iceland's PM

The current Minister for Social Affairs, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir of the Social Democrats, said she is prepared to assume the position of prime minister as long as she senses that her position is backed by sufficient trust.

Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir speaking at parliament. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

Foreign Minister and chairwoman of the Social Democrats Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir proposed that Sigurdardóttir replace Geir H. Haarde, chairman of the Independence Party, as prime minister yesterday, Fréttabladid reports.

Sigurdardóttir said the idea had only been discussed with her yesterday morning.

Her first choice of a coalition is a minority government with the Left-Greens and backing from the Progressive Party. “Another option is a minority government with the Social Democrats and passivity of the Left-Greens and Progressive Party.”

On whether she had discussed the matter with the Left-Greens, Sigurdardóttir replied, “I’m always talking with the Left-Greens.”

According to an opinion poll undertaken by Capacent Gallup in December 2008, Jóhanna Sigurdardóttir is the most popular minister—73 percent of respondents said they were satisfied with her work. Sigurdardóttir is also the only minister whose popularity had increased compared to a similar poll undertaken in December 2007.

If Sigurdardóttir does become prime minister, she will be the first woman to serve as prime minister in the country’s history and also the first openly gay prime minister in the world.



 
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During the bankruptcy proceedings of Samson, a holding company that was owned by tycoon father and son Björgólfur Gudmundsson and Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson, through which they held their majority share in Landsbanki, it has turned out that the company’s book-keeping was full of glitches.  more
Dutch authorities won’t withdraw their claim in the Icesave case as they are concerned that it could reduce support for the government parties in the upcoming elections for parliament and local authorities, according to Sylvester Eijffinger, one of the Dutch prime minister’s closest advisors.  more
The majority of Icelanders, 62 percent, are planning to vote against the Icesave legislation in the upcoming referendum, while 33 percent want to pass it and five percent plan to hand in an empty ballot, a new survey indicates.  more
Foreign Minister of Iceland Össur Skarphédinsson has deployed the Icelandic International Search and Rescue Team to Haiti to participate in rescue efforts after an earthquake hit south of Port-au-Prince yesterday. The team left Iceland at 10 am this morning and will arrive in Haiti around 4 pm local time.  more
















 
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Modern classic 101 Reykjavík by Hallgrímur Helgason became an international hit after a movie with the same name was released in 2000. Its popularity changed 101 Reykjavík from simply being a postcode to being a brand. Through the eyes of the main character, sex-starved loser Hlynur, Helgason describes modern Icelandic society in a critical, straight-to-the-point, black-humor kind of way.  more
Home to the European championship in swamp soccer/football is Ísafjördur, the biggest town in the West Fjords. This year 600 people played in 18 female teams and 27 male teams. Wakiki Nullrock won the male division, and Ofurkonurnar [The Superwomen] the female league. Both teams are from Ísafjördur.  more
This week get to know one of Iceland’s foremost fashion designers, Steinunn Sigurdardóttir, through her exhibition at Reykjavík Art Museum – Kjarvalsstadir. Her artistic creation builds on years of collaboration with many renowned contemporary designers and a rare knowledge of material texture and three-dimensional shaping.  more
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