The Week in Iceland, 20 June 2022
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
20.06.2022 - 13:33
Fatal road traffic accident in South Iceland
A serious accident occurred on Route 1, to the west of Kúðafljót river in South Iceland, late on Thursday afternoon. One man died in the accident, and his wife was airlifted to hospital in the capital, severely injured.
20.06.2022 - 11:13
Independence Day celebrated today
Today, the 17th of June, is National Day in Iceland, marking the day in 1944 that Iceland declared itself a republic and ended its union with Denmark (though it had been sovereign since 1918).
17.06.2022 - 03:29
Covid restrictions return to hospital
Landspítali national university hospital in Reykjavík is reintroducing restrictions due to the increasing number of COVID-19 patients being admitted.
16.06.2022 - 14:23
Fuel tops 350 kr.
Petrol prices have gone over the 350 krónur per litre mark at many filling stations around Iceland for the first time ever, as prices have spiked sharply in recent months; not least in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
16.06.2022 - 13:27
Flurry of activity at end of parliament
According to parliamentary tradition, prime minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir last night spoke in favour of her bill to adjourn Alþingi until September. The passing of such a bill is the mechanism by which Alþingi ends its session and goes on summer break. The end of parliament also saw a flurry of other bills passed by MPs.
16.06.2022 - 11:44
Maximum mortgage level cut
The Central Bank of Iceland has lowered the maximum legal mortgage amount on properties for first-time buyers from 90 percent to 85 percent. The maximum loan for other buyers remains unchanged. The change is slated as a reaction to increasing property prices and the high debt burden of young people.
15.06.2022 - 15:09
MRI calls for cod catch cut
Hafrannsóknastofnun (the marine research institute) is recommending a six percent drop in cod fishing. The institute recommends a quota of 223,000 tonnes this fishing year and around 209,000 next year.
15.06.2022 - 13:30
Large compensation award for unfair imprisonment
The Landsréttur appeals court last week ordered the state to pay a man 19 million krónur in compensation. The man, who is Nigerian, spent 11 months in custody over an investigation that led to a two-month prison sentence. His time in custody was therefore several times longer than the eventual sentence handed down in court.
15.06.2022 - 12:02
Carbon capture algae contract signed
A contract signed last week will see work start at Grundartangi and Akranes, West Iceland, to research and produce algae for the purpose of carbon sequestration in the sea. The contract was signed between climate action company Running Tide and the Brim fisheries company and the Breið local development agency. The plan is to use specially-designed buoys out at sea.
15.06.2022 - 10:12
17 months since world-first transplant
Icelander Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson became the first person in the world to receive two full transplanted arms and shoulders in an operation in Lyon, France, 17 months ago this week. His progress since then has been remarkable.
14.06.2022 - 15:41
Police lab rarely seen as many drugs cases in Iceland
There have been two very high-profile illegal drugs busts in Iceland recently, as well as the discovery of locations illegally producing replicas of prescription drugs for sale on the black market. Scientists with the Icelandic police say such counterfeit pharmaceuticals can be dangerous or even fatal, and that they have seldom been busier than now, thanks to a spate of drug busts recently.
14.06.2022 - 14:58
Emergency hospital services under review
The Ministry of Health is setting up a response team with healthcare providers around the country to react to the poor state of accident & emergency services.
14.06.2022 - 13:02
Extra billion for post-pandemic projects
A working group appointed by the government has submitted its recommendations for special action to reduce the negative long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on vulnerable groups in Icelandic society. The government agreed to set aside one billion krónur next year for implementation of the group’s suggestions.
14.06.2022 - 12:02
Sneaker waves at Black Sand Beach took another life
The administrative mayor of Mýrdalshreppur has highlighted the fact that after three years of work, no risk analysis for Reynisfjara has yet been published. A Canadian tourist died at Reynisfjara (Black Sand Beach) on Friday, and a German family were lucky to escape the waves just one day later, on Saturday. RÚV spoke to tourists who were aware of the fatalities and the many warning signs, but still believed they would be able to swim to safety if caught out.
14.06.2022 - 10:43
Portugal. The Man met mostly sheep
The old cooperative building at Haganesvík, near Skagaströnd in North Iceland, has been turned into a recording studio, owned and operated by an American company. With only sheep outside the window of the raw timber, concrete, and corrugated iron building, musicians from around the world come to find inspiration—and to take advantage of the perhaps-surprisingly world-class facilities.
13.06.2022 - 15:51
Red alert called over plane in trouble
A red danger alert was called at Keflavík International Airport after 01.00 this morning and around a thousand people were called out in response. The incident was triggered when pilots on an approaching passenger jet received a low fuel warning from their plane. The transportation accidents investigation committee is now working to find out what went wrong. The aeroplane landed normally and nobody was hurt.
13.06.2022 - 14:49
Third monkeypox case and a covid spike
There are now three people in Iceland who have tested positive for monkeypox. Two were diagnosed mid-last-week, and one more on Saturday; a middle-aged man who lives in the capital region.
13.06.2022 - 14:03
The Week in Iceland, 13 June 2022
The weekly news programme from RÚV English: an entertaining look at what's been going on in Iceland over the past seven days.
13.06.2022 - 12:37
Ölgerðin joins stock exchange
The drinks manufacturer Ölgerðin joined the main Nasdaq stock exchange in Iceland yesterday. Its first day of trading was rather gentle, seeing its share price drop from 10.04 krónur to 9.99 krónur in 299 million krónur of trade at the close of trading.
10.06.2022 - 12:07
Former resident wants society to learn from report
A man who lived at residential care facilities for 15 years is calling for further action in the wake of the report into the historic care of people with developmental and physical disabilities, which was published this week. He calls for further investigation of the conditions and standards of care of people so that society can learn from it. He says he was abused at all the homes he lived at.
10.06.2022 - 10:05
One of Iceland’s biggest drug busts
Margeir Sveinsson, capital region police detective superintendent, confirmed at a press conference yesterday that one of the biggest ever drugs hauls in Iceland recently took place. The information leading to the discovery came primarily from French police, who had hacked a secretive communication app used by criminals.
10.06.2022 - 09:30
Many councils failed to help welfare reporters
Nearly half of municipalities in Iceland did not respond to repeated requests from a working group, which this week submitted its report to the prime minister on the historic treatment of people with mental and physical disabilities. Among the municipalities not to reply were the fourth and fifth biggest in the country. The Directorate of Health also failed to reply. The head of the Þroskahjálp charity says better monitoring of services to vulnerable disabled people is needed.
09.06.2022 - 15:03
Refinancing spike after valuation rise
There has been a spike in the number of people applying to refinance their mortgages. Landsbankinn was among the lenders to start taking account of recently released 2023 property value estimates right away, the bank confirmed with RÚV.
09.06.2022 - 14:01
Monkeypox diagnosed in Iceland
Two people have been diagnosed with monkeypox in Iceland. The initial test samples are being sent overseas for confirmation, but the Directorate of Health considers it highly likely the initial positive results were correct. They are the first cases of the virus recorded in Iceland.
09.06.2022 - 12:16