Foreign students struggle with pandemic blues
Foreign students have this semester been struggling with the same anxiety as many of their Icelandic compatriots, but with an added layer of isolation unfamiliar to previous years' cohorts. Now, Christmas is adding even more uncertainty for some.
30.11.2020 - 13:16
The Week in Iceland, 30 November 2020
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
30.11.2020 - 11:57
Relaxed COVID rule advice scrapped over new infections
Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason this Wednesday submitted his recommendations to the health minister for anti-contagion rules to take effect from 2nd December. He apparently recommended a slow lifting of restrictions in several areas, but has now cancelled his advice and asked the minister to wait for new recommendations. His move comes in the face of a rise in the COVID-19 infection rate in recent days.
27.11.2020 - 15:27
“Iceland should push to be green aviation hub”
The Alþingi environment and transport committee wants Iceland to set up an aviation energy-switch working group, with the goal of starting to power domestic flights with renewable energy by 2030.
27.11.2020 - 14:53
Iceland’s other Oscar winner
Oscar-winner Markéta Irglová has lived in Iceland for a decade, writing music, establishing a new recording studio, and raising a family.
27.11.2020 - 14:06
“Clear signs” the virus is growing again
“There are clear indications of exponential growth in our data from recent days and we are worried about where it is heading,” State police vice civil protection chief Rögnvaldur Ólafsson told RÚV this morning. 20 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed in Iceland yesterday, and only nine were already in quarantine.
27.11.2020 - 12:36
Young people “stuck” with parents
The coronavirus pandemic has had a generally positive impact on most Icelandic renters, as the selection of rental housing on offer has increased and rents have decreased. As well as this, more renters have been able to take the leap into home ownership because of historically low interest rates. The youngest group of renters, aged 18-24, are faring badly in the crisis, however. The proportion of 18-24-year-olds In Iceland living with their parents has jumped from 40 percent up to 70 this year.
27.11.2020 - 11:59
Two national team victories yesterday
The Icelandic women’s national football team beat Slovakia 3-1 yesterday evening, bringing them a significant step closer to the European Championships in England in 2022.
27.11.2020 - 11:01
Fewer choosing studded tyres
Roughly eight percent fewer drivers now choose to use studded winter tyres on their cars than two years ago, according to FÍB, the Icelandic Automobile Association.
27.11.2020 - 09:55
Kvika, TM, and Lykill announce merger
The boards of Kvika bank, TM insurance, and Lykill finance have agreed to merge the three companies. The merger will save 1.5 billion krónur a year in operating costs, the boards hope. The deal is subject to approval by financial and competition regulators.
26.11.2020 - 15:49
Agnes Joy is Oscars hope
Agnes Joy will be Iceland’s big hope for the Best Foreign Film Oscar in 2021. The film performed well at the Eddas this spring, taking home Best Film and Best Script.
26.11.2020 - 15:07
Large profits for big fishing companies last year
Profits at Iceland’s ten biggest fishing companies grew by half between 2018 and 2019. All the companies’ financial positions strengthened, but dividend payments went down, according to figures reported by Viðskiptablaðið.
26.11.2020 - 13:46
Contagion in shops: concern virus gaining upper hand
11 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday, but only three were already in quarantine. Þórólfur Guðnason says there is evidence that the coronavirus may be spreading more easily in society again—especially at shopping centres and parties.
26.11.2020 - 12:44
Two national team games today
Today is an important day for Icelandic sport. The senior women’s national football team and the men’s national basketball team face crucial matches—both in Slovakia.
26.11.2020 - 11:21
Coastguard has no helicopters
The coastguard received no emergency call-outs last night, which was fortunate because no helicopter has been available since midnight due to strike action by the service’s air mechanics.
26.11.2020 - 10:39
Weather warning
Weather warnings extended into tomorrow
Most of last night’s weather warnings expired this morning, but new ones lie almost immediately ahead. The south-westerly stormy conditions could last all the way into Sunday.
26.11.2020 - 09:49
Víðir has COVID-19
State police civil protection chief Víðir Reynisson has tested positive for COVID-19. He is one of the "trinity" of people leading Iceland's response to the pandemic.
25.11.2020 - 15:55
Three Grammy nominations for Iceland
Composer Hild­ur Guðna­dótt­ir has been nominated for two Grammy awards, and the Iceland Symphony Orchestra for one. The Grammy awards ceremony will take place on 31st January. Nominations were announced yesterday.
25.11.2020 - 15:40
Compensation to be paid in cancer screening error case
The Icelandic Cancer Society has admitted liability in the case of a woman who received a false negative cervical cancer screening result. The cases of 11 women who believe they received the wrong results have been referred to the Directorate of Health and compensation is being sought in at least four of the cases.
25.11.2020 - 14:45
COVID trawler crew still suffering aftermath
The Westfjords District Court this week heard the maritime inquiry into the COVID-19 outbreak on board the freezer trawler Júlíus Geirmundsson. The inquiry is intended to establish exactly what happened on board when 22 of 25 crewmembers became infected with the coronavirus.
25.11.2020 - 13:46
Heat and water disturbance ahead for Reykjavík
People in the red area of the above map are set to experience significantly reduced hot water pressure tonight and tomorrow. House heating and hot water to sinks, showers, and baths will all be affected.
25.11.2020 - 12:17
655 domestic abuse cases so far this year in capital
So far this year, the capital region police have received 655 domestic violence notifications, which is 12 percent above the three-year average. Nearly double the number of sexual assault notices reached the police in October than the previous month, according to raw monthly data for October released this week from the police force.
25.11.2020 - 10:47
Weather warning
This winter’s first orange weather warning
An orange weather warning comes into effect in Northwest Iceland, Strandir, and the Central Highlands at 20.00 this evening and will last until 10.00 tomorrow morning. A yellow weather alert will be in effect for much of the rest of the country.
25.11.2020 - 10:18
Wages in Iceland among Europe’s highest
Wages in Iceland, when measured in euros, increased by 84.4 percent between 2008 and 2019, which is a lot more than other European countries, according to Landsbankinn. Wages increased by an average of 28.7 percent within the EU. Icelandic wages were 60 percent higher than the European Union average last year.
25.11.2020 - 09:18
Parents call for school return
Parents at one further education college are calling for end to online teaching for older students in the run up to Christmas.
24.11.2020 - 15:12