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Americans and Canadians in separate Iceland patrols
Iceland will host up to 600 American and Canadian air force personnel for the next few weeks.
26.10.2020 - 08:32
Iceland no longer on money laundering grey list
Iceland has been removed from the FATF grey list of countries not doing enough to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. The organisation agreed the move at its meeting today and it was revealed in Iceland this afternoon by justice minister Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir.
23.10.2020 - 16:09
Curious COVID recovery results
Early results indicate people may recover better from COVID-19 than they think.
23.10.2020 - 15:37
Teachers approve contract deal
Around 73 percent of primary school teachers have voted to approve the pay and conditions contract signed between their union and the association of Icelandic municipalities on 7th October.
23.10.2020 - 13:28
Daði & Gagnamagnið to represent Iceland at Eurovision
RÚV has taken the decision to send Daði & Gagnamagnið to the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next year. The decision means there will be no Söngvakeppni pre-selection shows early next year. Daði won Söngvakeppni 2020 with the song Think About Things, which was among the bookmakers’ favourites to win Eurovision until it was cancelled due to COVID-19.
23.10.2020 - 12:45
Fatal work accident
An Icelandic man in his fifties has died in a work accident at a stone quarry at Lambafell on the Þrengsli road in southwest Iceland. The accident took place Thursday morning or Wednesday night.
23.10.2020 - 12:00
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Smashed jars and hundreds more quakes
Yesterday’s earthquake in southwest Iceland did not cause any injuries or major damage, but the accompanying video shows it was a significant event nevertheless.
21.10.2020 - 11:09
COVID causes sport confusion
New, stricter anti-coronavirus restrictions in Iceland are causing confusion among sports clubs, fitness centres, and the people who use them.
20.10.2020 - 18:01
Fishing crew skewed infection figures yesterday
It was reported this morning that of the 62 domestic COVID-19 cases identified in Iceland yesterday, only 29 were already in quarantine. It has since been clarified, however, that a further 19 people were on a fishing trawler and therefore unable to infect anybody else.
20.10.2020 - 15:15
Large earthquake rocks much of western Iceland
An earthquake was very clearly felt in the capital region and on Suðurnes at 13.43 this afternoon.
20.10.2020 - 14:06
Smelter licence extended by one year
The operating licence for the Rio Tinto aluminium smelter at Straumsvík near Hafnarfjörður has been extended until 1st November 2021. The existing licence was issued in November 2005 and was due to expire at the end of this month.
20.10.2020 - 13:31
Company offers to turn hotel into nursing home
The Sóltún Öldrunarþjónusta elderly care company has made an offer to the Ministry of Health to temporarily take over Oddsson Hotel on Grensásvegur in Reykjavík and run it as a care home.
20.10.2020 - 12:50
Icelander sentenced in Norway murder case
Gunnar Jóhann Gunnarsson was this morning sentenced to 13 years’ imprisonment for the killing of his half-brother, Gísli Þór Þórarinsson, at his home in Mehamn in northern Norway on 27th April last year.
20.10.2020 - 12:00
Destroyed church replaced by volunteers
“It has been a labour of vision, love, and maybe a little bit of craziness, but we decided to just do it,” explains Jónatan Garðarsson, the head of the Friends of Krýsuvíkurkirkja. A brand-new Krýsuvík church was recently craned into place, replacing the one that was destroyed in an arson attack.
20.10.2020 - 10:50
New COVID rules now in effect
Most anti COVID-19 contagion rules in Iceland are being extended for a further two weeks from today (Tuesday), though several are being strengthened—especially outside the capital region. Here are all the details.
20.10.2020 - 02:07
One died in house fire
One person died in a fire at a residential property in the Borgarfjörður area of West Iceland, near Reykholt, yesterday evening.
19.10.2020 - 15:33
One man, one day, three armed robberies
An 18-year-old man was arrested yesterday in Reykjavík after committing three armed burglaries within 24 hours. A decision has yet to be made about whether he will be remanded in custody or transferred to a psychiatric unit.
19.10.2020 - 15:09
The kids in quarantine
Around one in every ten schoolchildren in the Reykjavík region is in quarantine.
19.10.2020 - 14:20
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The Week in Iceland, 19 October 2020
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
19.10.2020 - 12:29
COVID rules extended
Most of the current anti-contagion rules in place in Iceland today will be extended for a further two or three weeks from their original expiry next Monday. In addition, the two-metre rule is returning to the whole country instead of just the capital region as is currently the case.
16.10.2020 - 15:53
The Minister to be shown around the world
The television series Ráðherrann (The Minister), produced by Sagafilm and in collaboration with RÚV, has been confirmed for screening in Australia, Canada, the USA, and several countries in southern Europe.
16.10.2020 - 14:58
112 adds messenger service
Data show that the number of abuse cases rose alongside the coronavirus restrictions this spring, as had been expected. State police chief Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir says the number of abuse reports was up 14 percent compared to last year.
16.10.2020 - 13:49
Oldest twins have eyes set on 100th birthday
The oldest identical twins in Iceland, Svanhildur and Hlaðgerður Snæbjörndóttir, celebrated their 98th birthday together this week. No other Icelandic twins are both known to have reached that age—but the sisters say they already have their eyes on 100 years.
16.10.2020 - 13:07
11th COVID death, and test for border testing
Iceland has experienced its first coronavirus death since the pandemic hit the country this spring, bringing the total death toll to 11. 67 new cases were diagnosed domestically yesterday, including 50 already in quarantine. Wednesday saw a record-breaking 18 cases picked up in border testing. All were actively infectious, it has now been confirmed.
16.10.2020 - 12:16
Icelandic start-up to help distribute COVID vaccines
An Icelandic start-up is hoping to play a key role in the transport of COVID-19 vaccines and has now signed a deal with some of the biggest pharmaceuticals companies in the world.
16.10.2020 - 11:05