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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
Child leaves hospital after covid care
[UPDATED] The two-year-old child admitted to Landspítali national university hospital with COVID-19 complications in mid-September has been allowed home after three weeks of in-patient care. The child was moved back into intensive care at least twice during that time.
13.10.2021 - 10:27
Whale carcasses removed by coastguard
The crew of Þór, the Icelandic coastguard’s flagship vessel, yesterday hauled over 50 dead pilot whales from a beach in Árneshreppur in the Westfjords onto the deck of the boat. The ship set off early yesterday evening to drop its sad cargo in an area of strong ocean currents.
13.10.2021 - 10:09
Men 19, Women 1
The current score is 19-1 in favour of men when it comes to who leads the companies registered on the main index of the Icelandic stock exchange. Women in the workplace flew flags at half-mast yesterday to draw attention to this imbalance.
12.10.2021 - 15:59
Huge support for incumbent PM
Katrín Jakobsdóttir is by far the public’s favourite choice to lead Iceland following the 25th September election to Alþingi. Opinion polls put her ahead among voters across the political spectrum before the election, and this popularity has increased significantly since, according to the latest Maskína poll.
12.10.2021 - 15:22
Síminn outage was not cyber attack
The Síminn mobile phone network almost completely shut down just before midday, during which it was impossible to make phone calls. The half-hour disruption was caused by human error.
12.10.2021 - 14:34
Videos
Love and danger at Fagradalsfjall
A young couple got engaged at the Fagradalsfjall volcano this weekend, in full view of the live RÚV webcam. Meanwhile, a passenger on a helicopter tour yesterday filmed a man walking on the rim of the volcano's crater. The helicopter pilot said she had never seen as many people walking on the new lava. A volcanologist tells RÚV it is still extremely dangerous, for several reasons.
12.10.2021 - 13:46
25 percent fewer working in culture
There has been a major reduction in total payments and the number of people working in the creative industries in Iceland since 2008. There are around 25 percent fewer people working in the cultural sector now than 13 years ago and total wage payments in the sector are down 40 percent in the same period, according to a report from BHM, the union of university-educated people.
12.10.2021 - 12:18
MP’s deputy staying put
There has been controversy surrounding the case of Birgir Þórarinsson, who was elected to Alþingi for Miðflokkurinn (the Centre Party) as lead candidate in South Iceland, but this weekend quit the party and joined Sjálfstæðisflokkurinn (the Independence Party). His deputy, Erna Bjarnadóttir, did not answer press questions for several days but has now confirmed she is not moving parties.
12.10.2021 - 11:25
14 cm uprise around Askja
Met Office monitoring equipment at Askja shows that the land has risen as much as 14 centimetres since the start of August. The equipment recorded uprise of 12 centimetres by the end of September, when it malfunctioned.
12.10.2021 - 10:38
Election 2021
Election investigation committee starts work
The preparatory committee investigating the issue of parliamentary credentials following several formal complaints challenging the vote count and recount in the Northwest Iceland constituency held an open meeting yesterday. The committee of MPs exists to prepare and pave the way for the final committee which will declare whether parliamentary credentials issued by the electoral commission are valid or not.
12.10.2021 - 10:13
Lamb takes more than a million dollars
The Icelandic film Dýrið (called ‘Lamb’ in English) took over a million dollars in ticket sales at cinemas in the USA this weekend, and was the seventh-most popular choice for American moviegoers this weekend overall, according to initial Mojo figures. Based on the early figures, Dýrið has already become the highest-grossing Icelandic film shown in American cinemas.
11.10.2021 - 15:04
10,000 earthquakes
18 earthquakes over magnitude 3 have been recorded during the ongoing swarm so far, including a M3.2 yesterday evening near to Keilir. Overall, since the 27th September, over 10,000 earthquakes have been registered in the area.
11.10.2021 - 14:24
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The Week in Iceland, 11 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.
11.10.2021 - 12:22
Rare earthquake by Langavatn on Mýrar
Yesterday morning there was a magnitude 2.9 earthquake, five kilometres west of Langavatn on Mýrar in Western Iceland. This is the second largest earthquake measured this year in the area, which has been unusually active in the recent months.
08.10.2021 - 12:42
Car-Sharing in Hafnarfjörður, Garðabær and Akureyri
A car-sharing service become available in Hafnarfjörður and Garðabær. These types of vehicles have been in use for the past year at thirteen locations around the city.
08.10.2021 - 09:36
Least sun in nearly 80 years
The fewest sunshine hours were observed in Reykjavík in September since 1943. They were counted to be 52.7 which is 65.5 hours below the average calculated for the years between 1991 and 2020. This was presented by the Icelandic Meteorological Office in its September weather overview.
06.10.2021 - 16:32
Iceland off the US red list
It has been announced that Iceland will be taken off the red list of countries. So far American authorities recommend against non-essential travel to destinations mentioned there.
06.10.2021 - 14:42
Another raise in Bank's interest rates
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Central Bank of Iceland has decided to raise the Bank's interest rates by 0.25 percentage points. The Bank's key interest rate will therefore be 1.5%.
06.10.2021 - 11:02
Current rules in effect for two more weeks
Health minister has issued an announcement saying that the present anti-contagion rules in Iceland will remain in effect for another two weeks. Þórólfur Guðnason, the chief epidemiologist, in his memo mentions that he wishes for the limitation to stand for at least one more month, adding it might be precarious to relax it further.
05.10.2021 - 18:19