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British lord said to be Samherji Namibia defence
Lord Edward Garnier QC, a lawyer and former MP for Britain’s Conservative Party, is said to have been appointed to represent Samherji in its defence against extradition requests from authorities in Namibia.
28.09.2021 - 16:21
Relaxation to border rules from Friday
Passengers with personal connections to Iceland (such as residents) will no longer need to show negative COVID-19 test results at the border when entering Iceland, starting this Friday, 1st October. They will, however, still have to undergo testing upon arrival, as now, whether they are vaccinated or not. Non-vaccinated passengers will still need to go into quarantine for five days before a PCR test.
28.09.2021 - 15:42
Contracts of 100,000 people remain in place
The SA Federation of Icelandic Industry and the ASÍ Icelandic Confederation of Labour have agreed that the “quality of life contract” (Lífskjarasamningurinn) agreement governing the wages and working conditions for huge numbers of workers in Iceland, will remain in force until 1st November as originally planned.
28.09.2021 - 14:41
A new earthquake swarm
Around a hundred earthquakes have been recorded 1-1.5 kilometres south of Keilir hill on the Reykjanes peninsula over the past day—the biggest, of magnitude 2.5, occurred yesterday evening and just before 07.00 this morning.
28.09.2021 - 14:10
Icelandic man fell off jet ski and disappeared
Police in Öland, Sweden, are still searching for an Icelandic man who fell off a jet ski just offshore from Borgholm on Saturday.
28.09.2021 - 13:29
"Unprecedented" avalanche risk in September
The weather has closed many roads in the northern half of Iceland so far today. The situation is worst in the Westfjords, where nearly all mountain roads have been closed due to snow. The Vegagerðin (Road and Coastal Administration) project manager in the region says closing roads due to avalanche risk is unprecedented in September.
28.09.2021 - 12:45
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UFO was actually spacecraft
An unidentified flying object over Þorlákshöfn just before 22.00 last night caused several local residents to contact the RÚV newsroom. One eyewitness recorded the above video. The light moved north over the town and was visible for five to seven minutes.
28.09.2021 - 12:13
Election 2021
No change in second recount
The recount of all votes in the South Iceland constituency ended just before midnight and the result from Saturday night’s first count was found to be correct. The allocation of vote share and parliamentary seats in the South therefore does not change.
28.09.2021 - 10:43
Weather warning
Heightened state of alert due to major storm
Civil protection authorities are in a heightened state of preparedness in response to the severe weather hitting Iceland today—especially in the northwest. Several roads in the Westfjords are closed and Möðradalsöræfi is impassable. Electricity supplies in the Westfjords could be at risk as the day progresses.
28.09.2021 - 10:02
Election 2021
South Iceland announces vote recount
The election supervision committee in the South Iceland constituency decided today to recount all votes from this Saturday’s Alþingi election. The news follows a recount in the Northwest yesterday that uncovered a small miscount that led to major nationwide changes in the allocation of equalisation seats.
27.09.2021 - 15:32
Weather warning
Northwest suffering wintery conditions, warnings ahead
An orange weather warning has been declared for tomorrow in the Westfjords and Breiðafjörður forecasting areas, and travel is not recommended. A yellow weather alert already in effect today is bringing significant disruption to the region already.
27.09.2021 - 14:35
Nail-biting end to Icelandic premier league season
The election was not the only big national competition that came to a head on Saturday. The men’s football league competition ended, and it was Víkingur Reykjavík that came out on top, for the first time in 30 years of trying. Meanwhile, ÍA, from Akranes, saved themselves from relegation in improbable fashion.
27.09.2021 - 13:55
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The Week in Iceland, 27 September 2021
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
27.09.2021 - 12:33
Southern potato farmers despair
The wet weather this summer and autumn in southwest Iceland is causing a major headache for the region’s potato farmers. Þykkvibær, one of the country’s best-known potato producers, is suffering a mould outbreak in its potato beds for the first time in 20 years and the soil is too wet for harvesting machines to get to work.
27.09.2021 - 10:48
Election 2021
Women lose majority in Alþingi after recount
The recount of votes in Northwest Iceland has revealed a small miscount of votes that has a major impact on the allocation of the nine equalisation seats around the country, and means that Iceland is not the first European country with a female majority in parliament after all. The recount was called because there were so few votes separating the parties vying for the constituency’s one equalisation seat. The miscount and subsequent change then had a knock-on effect on the rest of the country.
26.09.2021 - 19:08
Election 2021
Katrín to lead female majority Alþingi?
[UPDATED. The headline is no longer valid. More details at end of article.] Iceland now has Europe’s first-ever female majority in parliament following yesterday’s election. 33 of the seats in Alþingi are now occupied by women, and 30 by men. Only Kuwait and Cuba have more female representation in parliament. In other news, Katrín Jakobsdóttir is in a strong position to remain prime minister despite losing votes, according to one prominent political scientist.
26.09.2021 - 16:36
Election 2021
The final election result
[UPDATED] The final outcome of yesterday’s Alþingi election is now clear, following final figures from the northeast and southwest constituencies. The three parties in the last government boost their majority in parliament and hold 37 of 63 seats.
26.09.2021 - 10:19
Election 2021
Progressive Party big winners with counting nearly over
Four out of six constituencies have announced their final vote counting results. The remaining two have announced several rounds of results and will confirm their final tallies soon. The outcome is a clear majority for the sitting government, and major gains for Framsóknarflokkurinn (the Progressive Party).
26.09.2021 - 09:20
Election 2021
"Could be a long night"
Political psychologist Hulda Þórisdóttir spoke to RÚV English about the surprises of the evening so far and what it could all mean for the next four years.
26.09.2021 - 02:55
Election 2021
Reform Party disappointed despite growth
Þorbjörg Sigríður Gunnlaugsdóttir, lead candidate for Viðreisn (the Reform Party) in Reykjavík North, says her party is performing worse than hoped for in early results, but that it is at least good to see the vote share go up slightly.
26.09.2021 - 01:40
Election 2021
A great night for Progressives so far
With early results now in from all constituencies, the government looks set to hold its majority, though the numbers could still change. Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party) and Framsókarflokkurinn (the Progressive Party) are both doing very well, and Flokkur fólksins (the People's Party) is the surprise of the evening so far.
26.09.2021 - 01:17
Election 2021
"Left Greens open to work with anyone, if nation wants"
RÚV English election night coverage begins in central Reykjavík as the polls close. Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, lead candidate for Vinstri grænir (the Left Greens) in southwest Iceland is excited for the count and optimistic for the future.
25.09.2021 - 23:38
Election night coverage in English
RÚV English presents regular updates throughout election night, including interviews in English with political leaders and election experts.
25.09.2021 - 20:23
Election 2021
Final leaders’ debate: the hard questions
Last night saw the second and final live debate between the leaders of all ten parties in the running nationwide in today’s Alþingi election. The two-hour debate covered a lot of ground and was heated at times. Here, we cover highlights from the start and the end of the debate.
25.09.2021 - 13:20
Election 2021
Today is election day
Polling stations across Iceland opened at 09.00 this morning and most will stay open until 22.00 tonight. RÚV English election night coverage will follow.
25.09.2021 - 11:37