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Eight months old subjected to racism
Eight month boy was subjected to racism at the swimming pool last week. His parents were very shook up by the incident, but the father says racism is more widespread in Iceland than most people think. He has experienced that on his own skin since he was a boy.
03.06.2020 - 10:41
Nurses vote for a strike
The Icelandic Nurses' Association have decided to start an online vote among the nurses that work for the state on whether to go on strike. The vote started at 8 o'clock this evening and will finish at noon on Friday.
02.06.2020 - 21:37
The government discusses airport COVID-19 testing
A memo from chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason on testing people that travel to Iceland has been put forward to the government. Questions have been raised on the process of airport testing since the government announced its plan to test everyone who comes to Iceland starting on the 15th on June.
02.06.2020 - 11:02
Denmark partially opening to Icelanders
The Danish government today decided it will open the country’s borders to people from Iceland, Norway, and Germany from 15th June. In a separate decision, Icelanders will also be allowed to enter the Faroe Islands without quarantine or COVID-19 testing from 15th June. The Faroe Islands are only opening for unimpeded travel from Iceland, Denmark, and Greenland, but that list of countries is expected to grow soon.
29.05.2020 - 16:16
Electronic bus stop displays switched on
Strætó bus passengers waiting at new digital bus shelters in the capital region can now see at a glance how many minutes there are until the next bus arrives. The system is being turned on for the first time this afternoon.
29.05.2020 - 15:27
Free ferry this summer?
Akureyri town council is investigating the possibility of making the ferry to Hrísey island in Eyjafjörður free of charge. The possible boost to the island economy comes after a fire yesterday that devastated the island’s fish freezing plant—its biggest employer.
29.05.2020 - 12:25
Calming waters in border test dispute
Iceland’s health minister and the head of deCODE genetics have both made conciliatory comments and it now appears the company will be willing to take part in COVID-19 testing at Keflavík International Airport. The health minister, justice minister, and chief epidemiologist have all said deCODE will be an essential partner if the country wants to test more than 500 people a day at the border. deCODE director Kári Stefánsson initially responded by saying nobody had spoken to his company about it.
29.05.2020 - 11:30
Capacent files for bankruptcy
The consulting firm Capacent yesterday voluntarily entered into administration. A statement from the CEO of the company says efforts to save it have been underway for several weeks, but without success. According to the company website, it employs around 50 people.
29.05.2020 - 10:10
Questions over airport COVID-19 testing
Landspítali national university hospital has confirmed it can process around 500 COVID-19 tests a day for arriving passengers at Keflavík International Airport. Members of the travel industry, and others, say this will not be enough.
28.05.2020 - 14:44
New bill “would squeeze asylum seeker rights”
The Icelandic Red Cross has submitted critical remarks to a bill from the justice minister about changes to the law on foreigners and laws on the employment rights of foreigners. The bill, which was first submitted in the 2018-19 parliamentary year, has been re-submitted to the current parliament with several changes.
28.05.2020 - 13:45
Rapidly changing employment landscape
Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon is laying off 403 employees, while all of the country’s international air traffic controllers have also been laid off—but will be offered re-employment on reduced hours. The Efling union says the overall unemployment crisis is affecting non-Icelandic citizens proportionately worst.
28.05.2020 - 11:37
Variety of student summer jobs created
Vinnumálastofnun (the Directorate of Labour) is advertising 1,500 public sector student summer jobs. The jobs on offer are extremely varied, and include counting ants, hacking into computer systems, comparing vapour explosions, defining wilderness, and many more-familiar roles as well.
27.05.2020 - 13:17
Police say source of drugged sweets found
Police in the Suðurnes region have found the older man believed to have sold a boy gummy bears that two teenage girls consumed last weekend. The sweets contained cannabinoids and morphine.
26.05.2020 - 16:05
German free travel plan includes Iceland
Iceland will be among the destinations that German authorities plan to relax travel restrictions for starting in mid-June, if the coronavirus crisis allows.
26.05.2020 - 14:08
Travel gift details announced
[UPDATED] The 5,000 króna travel grant the Icelandic authorities are giving everybody this summer is first and foremost a symbolic gesture, according to the tourism minister who presented details of the ‘gift to the nation’ at a press conference this morning.
26.05.2020 - 13:03
Iceland football making switch to Puma
KSÍ, the Icelandic football association, has signed a deal with Puma to provide national team kits for the next six years, starting from 1st July. The new deal sees Puma take over from Errea, whose clothing national team players have been wearing since 2001.
26.05.2020 - 12:00
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Video: Geothermal hot water leak in Reykjavík
A very significant amount of scalding hot water flooded out of a pipe on the corner of Aðalstræti and Fischersund in central Reykjavík and out into the street yesterday. Maintenance work on the pipe was being prepared when a cap gave way and allowed the geothermal hot water to flood out.
26.05.2020 - 10:23
Big change on Icelandic securities market
Iceland’s Nasdaq verðbréfamiðstöð hf. Is today formally merging with Nasdaq CSD SE (Nasdaq CSD). The united company, Nasdaq CSD, will have operations in Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, and Iceland.
25.05.2020 - 16:36
Early presidential election voting has started
Early voting starts today for Iceland’s presidential election. Those unable to attend polling stations in person on 27th June can vote early at Smáralind shopping centre, district commissioners’ offices around Iceland, and at Icelandic diplomatic missions overseas.
25.05.2020 - 16:00
COVID-19: state of emergency is over
In today's round-up: Iceland has lowered its COVID-19 alert level from ‘emergency’ to ‘danger’ and is increasing the assembly limit from 50 to 200 people. Bars and gyms are opening again and the two-metre rule is becoming advisory. Icelandair investors last Friday voted unanimously in favour of a new stock offering in late June and early July.
25.05.2020 - 15:06
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The Week in Iceland, 25 May 2020
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
25.05.2020 - 12:06
Can you hack COVID-19?
Hack the Crisis Iceland is the name of a hackathon taking place this weekend which is billed as an opportunity for solutions-orientated people to create ideas. Despite the name, there is no requirement for participants to know computer programming, organisers promise.
22.05.2020 - 16:11
COVID-19: extending visas and continuing disputes
Expired visas and residency permits are being extended during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, while argument continues over relaxing quarantine rules, how to save Icelandair and whether unions should relinquish on workers’ rights.
22.05.2020 - 13:51
Supervised injection sites to open?
Alþingi this week passed a new bill on supervised injection sites at the end of the bill’s third reading. The new law allows municipalities to apply for Directorate of Health licences to open spaces for drug addicts to inject in safe, controlled surroundings. It is not yet clear whether any municipalities will choose to set up such spaces.
22.05.2020 - 11:40
Man pulled from fire has died
The 67-year-old man pulled from a house fire in Akureyri on Tuesday evening died in intensive care in Reykjavík late on Wednesday, doctors have confirmed.
22.05.2020 - 09:59