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Personal tax discount to start following inflation
People’s persónuafsláttur (tax-free allowance) will, from the start of next year, no longer be a set monetary value and will instead be linked to inflation and productivity growth. An economist with the ASÍ Icelandic Confederation of Labour says the change is welcome, though the trades unions would have liked the government to go even further to prevent automatic, de-facto tax rises.
06.12.2021 - 15:42
Summer tyres prove inadequate on icy roads
Extremely slippery conditions this morning led to a spate of accidents. The managing director of accident response service Árekstur.is tells RÚV a lot of cars are still on summer tyres—including some who are driving around with studded tyres in the boot, having not yet found the time to change them.
06.12.2021 - 14:54
Iceland top of European team gymnastics
The Icelandic women’s gymnastics team this weekend won the European championship title following an extremely close battle with Sweden for the honour. Iceland’s men completed a wonderful weekend for Icelandic gymnastics by finishing second.
06.12.2021 - 14:17
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The Week in Iceland, 06 December 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
06.12.2021 - 12:18
Flood has peaked, quakes follow
The jökulhlaup glacial flood from Grímsvötn volcano under the Vatnajökull glacier, Southeast Iceland, peaked yesterday evening. There has been some seismic activity in the area this morning, including a Magnitude 3.6 quake before 07.00, and several aftershocks.
06.12.2021 - 11:03
Extremely slippery roads this morning
Roads and pavements are extremely slippery this morning in the capital region, and elsewhere, and drivers faced some difficulties during the morning rush. A truck out salting roads in Kópavogur slipped in the ice and ran into the back of five cars.
06.12.2021 - 09:38
Minister could appoint next chief epidemiologist
The Ministry of Health is proposing that the chief epidemiologist of Iceland should in future be appointed by the health minister instead of by the Directorate of Health. The ministry also proposes that an epidemiology committee be set up to take on some of the responsibility for making proposals for disease prevention public health measures from the chief epidemiologist.
03.12.2021 - 15:38
Ice dropping as waters rise
The glacial ice at Grímsvötn continues to sag and is now some 24 metres lower than it was a week ago. At the same time, meltwater continues to flood out from under the glacier and into the course of Gígjukvísl river, where water flow and conductivity continue to increase.
03.12.2021 - 14:42
Iceland and Ukraine sign aviation deal
Foreign minister Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir and her Ukranian counterpart, Dmytro Kuleba, have today signed an Air Service Agreement between the two countries.
03.12.2021 - 13:53
No emergency alert at volcano on Reykjanes
The head of the state police has, in cooperation with the chief of Suðurnes police, decided to remove the uncertainty warning in place at the Geldingadalir/Fagradalsfjall volcano on the Reykjanes peninsula. New lava has not flowed from the crater since 18th September. Visitors are warned, however, that the ground remains unstable in the area and volcanic gas pollution is possible.
03.12.2021 - 13:22
Seven Omicron cases but infection rate drops
Seven cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have now been confirmed in Iceland—all closely connected to one another so far. A whole ward at the hospital in Akranes has been put into quarantine due to the Omicron outbreak.
03.12.2021 - 11:59
All drivers had to blow into device
Capital region police set up road blocks on Hringbraut in Reykjavík yesterday evening, breathalysing each and every driver as part of the annual Christmas campaign against drink-driving.
03.12.2021 - 10:58
Iceland preparing for European gymnastics final
The Icelandic women’s national team in group gymnastics last night finished second in the quarter finals of the European championships, taking place in Portugal. The final takes place tomorrow, on Saturday, and tough competition is expected between Iceland and Sweden. Tinna Ólafsdóttir says the team has more in reserve for the final.
03.12.2021 - 10:30
First mass layoff since August
Vinnumálastofnun (the Directorate of Labour) was notified of one mass redundancy during the month of November, in which 14 people lost their jobs at an employer in the specialist technological/scientific sector. The head of the Directorate, Unnur Sverrisdóttir, says it was the first collective redundancy in Iceland since August.
02.12.2021 - 15:57
Two more Omicron cases confirmed
Three cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant have now been confirmed in Iceland: one yesterday and two this afternoon following sequencing of samples taken yesterday. This is confirmed by Kári Stefánsson, director of deCODE genetics. The three are considered to be linked cases.
02.12.2021 - 15:24
Oversights "nearly impacted election result"
There was a real risk that early ballots declared invalid because they were missing the signature of the returning officer could have changed the outcome of the Alþingi election this September. A political sciences professor says it is unacceptable that state representatives took some people’s right to vote away due to their own carelessness or negligence.
02.12.2021 - 12:57
Omicron patient had booster
22 people are currently receiving COVID-19 treatment at Landspítali national university hospital. Nine are not vaccinated, nine have had both initial injections, and four have also had their third booster shot; including the man diagnosed with the Omicron variant yesterday.
02.12.2021 - 11:50
Volcanic eruption this weekend “not unlikely”
All eyes will be on the data coming out of Grímsvötn this weekend, according to geophysics professor Magnús Tumi Guðmundsson. The current jökulhlaup flood could be followed by a volcanic eruption, and authorities must be prepared, he says. Grímsvötn is Iceland’s most active volcano and last erupted in 2011 and 2004.
02.12.2021 - 10:52
Omicron variant found in Iceland
The first Omicron coronavirus variant infection has been diagnosed in Iceland, Már Kristjánsson, head physician for the infectious diseases department at Landspítali national university hospital, confirmed last night. A tell-tale sign in PCR testing earlier in the day had raised suspicions and sequencing later confirmed the presence of the Omicron variant.
02.12.2021 - 09:57
Chairs, seats, and a speaker
Birgir Ármannsson (pictured above), MP for Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party), was today voted Speaker of Alþingi. His appointment was supported by 48 of his fellow Members. 11 abstained in the vote, and four were not present. Líneik Anna Sævarsdóttir, Inga Sæland, Diljá Mist Einarsdóttir, Björn Leví Gunnarsson, and Jódís Skúladóttir are deputy speakers.
01.12.2021 - 15:51
Bomb not thought to have targeted embassy
A home-made bomb was found in a refuse skip on Mánatún in Reykjavík yesterday. Despite its location, there is no indication the device was in any way connected to the presence of the official ambassador’s residence on the same street, for the United States embassy.
01.12.2021 - 14:44
Icelandic Sovereignty Day today
Today, 1st December, is Sovereignty Day in Iceland. On this day 103 years ago, Iceland was officially recognised by Denmark as a sovereign nation.
01.12.2021 - 13:54
Grímsvötn flood is smaller than expected
The jökulhlaup, or glacial flood, from Grímsvötn volcano, under the Vatnajökull glacier, southeast Iceland, is so far smaller than forecast. Water levels have risen slower than they did in the 2010 flood. The current flood is expected to peak sometime this weekend. The ice sheet at the volcano has sunk by some ten metres.
01.12.2021 - 13:26
Covid research broke data protection law
The data protection agency has concluded that the processing of personal data conducted by Landspítali national university hospital and deCODE genetics during COVID-19 research did not fulfil legal requirements. The hospital and the company will not be fined, however, due to the unusual situation and the threat faced by Icelandic society by the then-new pandemic.
30.11.2021 - 15:43
Icelander won bake off
Icelander Sæþór Kristinsson has been crowned the winner of Den Store Bagedyst, Denmark’s most popular baking show.
30.11.2021 - 13:41