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Húsavík opens ESC museum after Eurovision film fame
Húsavík, the northeast-Iceland town that took centre stage in the 2020 Will Ferrell blockbuster ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ has opened a brand-new museum dedicated to the song contest, which is the world’s biggest non-sporting television event and is sure to boost interest in the popular tourist town still further. There was already a Ja Ja Ding Dong bar in town, among other Euro-touches.
18.10.2021 - 16:09
Iceland’s first green, online clothing rental company
The first online-only clothing rental store in Iceland has launched with the promise of variety and cutting-edge fashion with a much smaller environmental footprint.
18.10.2021 - 14:42
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The Week in Iceland, 18 October 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
18.10.2021 - 12:27
Víkingur win the double
Víkingur Reykjavík won the men’s Mjólkurbikarinn cup on Saturday for the second year in a row, thanks to a 3-0 victory in the final over ÍA at Laugardalsvöllur. Víkingur also recently secured victory in the league, becoming just the fifth team ever to secure the double in Iceland.
18.10.2021 - 10:02
Hydrogen plant planned for East
Landsvirkjun, the Fjarðabyggð municipality, and the Danish investment fund CIP have joined together in a project to open a hydrogen production plant in the green energy centre at Mjóeyrarhöfn in Reyðarfjörður, East Iceland.
15.10.2021 - 15:07
Fifth team to win the double?
The men’s football teams of Víkingur Reykjavík and ÍA from Akranes will face off tomorrow in the Mjólkurbikarinn Icelandic cup final. If Víkingur win, they will join a very exclusive group of doubles winners: clubs to win both the league and the cup in the same year.
15.10.2021 - 13:46
Seyðisfjörður mudslide risk area expanded
All houses along Botnahlíð in Seyðisfjörður are now deemed to be in the highest-risk area for landslides, according to the updated risk assessment presented to local residents yesterday.
15.10.2021 - 12:18
Many struggle with rent
Around ten percent of renters in Iceland spend more than 70 percent of their total net income on rent, and around a quarter allocate more than half their income to rent, according to the latest monthly report from the housing and infrastructure agency’s economics department, published yesterday.
15.10.2021 - 10:36
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Arctic Circle speeches set the tone
The Arctic Circle Assembly started yesterday at Reykjavík's Harpa conference and concert centre and will run until Sunday. Participants include Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon, ahead of the landmark COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
15.10.2021 - 10:02
Population stands at nearly 375,000
A total of 374,704 people were registered as living in Iceland at the start of this month, which is around 6,000 more than on 1st December 2020.
15.10.2021 - 09:27
A very long, but very small, eruption
The volcano at Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula stopped producing new lava over three weeks ago but has not been officially declared over. Only three eruptions since the start of the 20th century have lasted longer. Despite this, it remains one of the smallest eruptions in Iceland.
14.10.2021 - 15:50
Campaigning for national identity
A woman from Taiwan who has lived and worked in Iceland for several years claims the Icelandic state is infringing on the human rights of all Taiwanese people in the country by registering them as Chinese.
14.10.2021 - 14:49
Lots of traffic, lots of accidents
Ten people were injured in ten road traffic accidents in the capital region last week. A statement from the police notes this is more than usual. The capital region is likely to see nine percent more traffic this year than last, it is predicted.
14.10.2021 - 14:02
Petrol up by 40 krónur this year
Petrol prices in Iceland have seldom been higher and the average retail cost per litre has risen by around 40 krónur at many garages so far this year and is now approaching 270 krónur per litre across the capital region—though it is lower at some individual forecourts.
14.10.2021 - 13:10
Fire probably smouldered for a long time
Initial investigation indicates fire could have been building for a long time before the fire brigade was called out to Hafnarfjörður last night, according to the capital region fire chief. A woman in her sixties died in the fire that occurred in a building containing three apartments.
14.10.2021 - 12:36
“Amazing to be able to travel again”
Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark visited the Hellisheiði geothermal power station, a Danish Naval patrol ship, and other locations on his second day in Iceland yesterday. He says Iceland and Denmark can learn a lot from one another in the field of green energy, even though the countries are blessed with very different natural resources.
14.10.2021 - 11:26
Time to discuss further relaxation, PM says
The prime minister says it is now timely to discuss further domestic relaxation of anti-covid restrictions. The chief epidemiologist is concerned that this winter could be an unusually severe flu season which could prove difficult for the healthcare system to cope with.
14.10.2021 - 10:32
Arctic Circle starts today
Some 1,200 people from over 50 countries will attend the Arctic Circle Assembly, which starts at Harpa in Reykjavík today. It is the first large international gathering on Arctic issues in almost two years.
14.10.2021 - 09:46
Fatal house fire last night
A woman in her sixties died after a fire ignited in a home in Hafnarfjörður last night. The fire brigade received word of the fire just before 02.00 this morning.
14.10.2021 - 09:13
Passenger numbers up 969 percent
The number of foreign visitors to Iceland this year could top 700,000, which is more than earlier forecasts predicted. The number of tourists will double in 2022, Íslandsbanki predicts. In addition to this, the average tourist is staying longer and spending more than they did before the pandemic.
13.10.2021 - 15:53
"Do women exist?"
First Lady Eliza Reid today took to social media to criticise Morgunblaðið over its front-page picture and article. Eliza is front and centre in the photograph, welcoming Denmark's Crown Prince Frederik, but is conspicuously not mentioned in the text, unlike the men in the party.
13.10.2021 - 15:16
Menstrual change unusual after vaccination
The risk of vaccination causing changes to the menstrual cycle is extremely small, and the bigger risk is women blaming changes to their menstrual cycle on vaccination without going for medical examination. Women experiencing changed menstrual cycles should always seek medical advice, regardless of whether or not they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, a gynaecological and maternity specialist tells RÚV.
13.10.2021 - 14:05
Mudslide risk analysis call for 11 towns
A group of scientists from the met office, the natural history institute, and the University of Iceland have jointly called for a similar warning and preparation campaign to deal with the increased risk of mudslides as was successfully introduced for the risk of avalanches in the 1990s.
13.10.2021 - 12:25
Six footballers face abuse allegations
Six players for the Icelandic men’s national football team have been accused of sexual abuse or harassment and are out of the squad for as long as their cases are under investigation.
13.10.2021 - 11:51
Major pension fund introducing ethical investment plan
The Lífeyrissjóður verzlunarmanna pension fund has blacklisted 138 companies and already sold holdings worth around three billion krónur from its portfolio. The head of the fund’s asset management division says there is a lot of work involved in completely eliminating the blacklisted companies from the portfolio overall. Lífeyrissjóður verzlunarmanna is Iceland’s second-biggest pension fund.
13.10.2021 - 10:59