Jón Ásgeir and Ingibjörg suing Sýn for 3 billion?
Jón Ásgeir Jóhannsson and Ingibjörg S. Pálmadóttir, along with their company 365 ehf., are reportedly attempting to sue Sýn and its director Heiðar Guðjónsson. Sýn is a major Icelandic communications company and runs Stöð 2, Bylgjan, Vísir, and other outlets. The married couple are demanding three billion krónur in damages from Sýn, according to the communication company’s quarterly financial report.
14.05.2020 - 11:00
Stable króna exchange rate predicted
The exchange rate of the Icelandic króna is not expected to deteriorate further in the coming period and is predicted to be 160 krónur to the euro one year from now. Today’s exchange rate is around 158.
13.05.2020 - 16:41
Unchanged sentence after Selfoss fire appeal
The Supreme Court of Iceland has rejected the appeal against the 14-year prison sentence handed down to Vigfús Ólafsson, who was found guilty of killing two people in an arson attack in Selfoss in autumn 2018. The Supreme Court ruling this morning backs up the previous ruling from the Landsréttur appeals court.
13.05.2020 - 15:20
COVID-19: one new case and plans to open borders
Iceland recorded its first new COVID-19 coronavirus case in six days yesterday. The new patient was already in quarantine, however. Icelandair is negotiating with cabin crew on how to cut costs. The two sides appear far from a deal. And a major new marketing campaign will accompany the re-opening of Iceland’s borders to visitors.
13.05.2020 - 14:04
Alþingi passes whistle-blower protection act
Alþingi yesterday approved a bill to protect whistle-blowers. The goal of the new act is to support the rights of those exposing illegal and otherwise unethical behaviour in the hope of reducing such behaviour.
13.05.2020 - 12:36
What we know so far about opening Iceland’s borders
As reported yesterday, Iceland is embarking on the process of re-opening its borders while also trying to maintain its success in limiting the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The first changes will come into effect this Saturday.
13.05.2020 - 10:18
Óðinn’s first trip in over 14 years
The Icelandic coastguard vessel Óðinn, which has been moored at the national maritime museum in Reykjavík since 2008, sailed under its own power yesterday for the first time in nearly 15 years. The occasion was the 60th anniversary of the ship’s arrival to Iceland. At the time it was one of the biggest and most powerful coastguard vessels in the Nordic region.
12.05.2020 - 16:13
80 years since British invasion of Iceland
This past Sunday, 10th May, marked precisely 80 years since British forces occupied Iceland during the Second World War. The occupation brought isolated and poverty-stricken Iceland into the world of international trade and politics, independent of Denmark.
12.05.2020 - 14:40
COVID-19: Five days clear and new tests begin
Fewer people now fear they will catch COVID-19, according to new poll results, while bus services are set to increase and traffic is also getting heavier. After a week’s delay, Iceland has now started testing for COVID-19 antibodies.
12.05.2020 - 13:50
Raven ends live broadcast
RÚV’s live video stream from a capital region blackbird’s nest came to a sudden end at around midday on Sunday, when a raven scared the sitting bird away before destroying the nest.
12.05.2020 - 11:45
Many causes of fatal traffic accident, including brakes
The report into a fatal road traffic accident near Langidalur, North Iceland, in April 2019 has concluded that the car had ineffective brakes and that the rear braking capability of the vehicle had probably been compromised for some time. It passed its annual inspection without remarks three months before the accident.
12.05.2020 - 10:16
Efling signs contract with municipalities
The Efling union is heralding a victory in its wage and conditions contract negotiations with four municipalities in and near the capital region.
11.05.2020 - 16:30
The Week in Iceland, 11 May 2020
A special edition of the weekly news programme from RÚV English.
11.05.2020 - 14:58
COVID-19: Only two cases in over a week
The two coronavirus diagnoses last Wednesday were the only new cases in Iceland over a nine-day period. The Hungarian foreign minister is angry at Iceland and all the other Nordic countries. More companies offer to pay back support benefits to the State. The boss of Icelandair sent a letter. And plenty more in today’s round-up.
11.05.2020 - 14:24
Construction starts on new green ‘village’
Ground was broken yesterday, officially starting construction of the new residential area on Gufunes in Reykjavík. The area will provide 137 new homes specially designed for young people and first-time buyers. The apartments are designed with environmental sustainability at the fore and the sharing economy will be central to the new community, which will be car-free.
08.05.2020 - 15:16
COVID-19: Only 26 active cases in Iceland
No new coronavirus patients were diagnosed yesterday and the number of active cases in the country is now 26; down from a peak of around 1,000 active cases a month ago. In other news, one under-fire company plans to pay back benefits to the State, and all the banks made significant losses in the first three months of this year.
08.05.2020 - 13:46
Finnur to replace Finnur at Hagar
The board of Hagar hf. has appointed Finnur Oddsson as the new company director starting from this summer, the company announced in a statement to the Iceland stock exchange. Hagar runs Bónus, Hagkaup, and other retail chains in Iceland. Finnur will replace Finnur Árnason, who has been in charge since 2005 but recently asked the board to relieve him of his duties.
08.05.2020 - 12:45
Tjörnin’s birds having tough time
Birdlife on Tjörnin, the large pond in central Reykjavík, continues to decline, as it has been doing for 15 years. The number of mallards is significantly down, eider ducks have almost completely disappeared, and gadwall and greater scaup nest sites are few and far between, according to this year’s bird census by ornithologists Ólafur K Nielsen and Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson.
08.05.2020 - 12:00
Fewer sheep but more cattle
The number of sheep in Iceland has not been lower in 40 years, with roughly half the number of sheep in the country over wintertime than in 1980, according to Bændablaðið. The number of cattle in Iceland, however, has increased by 35 percent in the same period.
07.05.2020 - 15:33
COVID-19: two new cases and assembly ban changes
There were two new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus diagnosed in Iceland yesterday; the first new cases in four days. Plans for the next stage of assembly ban relaxations are nevertheless likely to be brought forward by several days. A low-level of new infections was expected and doctors say their plans remain unchanged.
07.05.2020 - 14:29
South Iceland bird deaths caused by shipwreck oil?
Over 100 oiled birds have been found in recent weeks on the shores of the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago and on the south coast of the Icelandic mainland, mostly between Vík and Dyrhólaey. A statement from the Environment Agency confirms that the source of the oil is still unknown. Research is underway to determine whether it could be coming from a shipwreck off South Iceland.
07.05.2020 - 12:14
Warm summer 2019 was bad for glaciers
Iceland’s glaciers retreated more in 2019 than almost any other year since records began, according to data from the University of Iceland earth sciences department, Landsvirkjun, and the Icelandic Met Office. The surface area of glaciers in Iceland has decreased by some 800 square kilometres since 2000.
06.05.2020 - 16:08
COVID-19: Three days clear
There were no new COVID-19 coronavirus cases again yesterday. Tourism providers are preparing how to tailor their services to domestic travellers this summer. Support for the government has shot up during the crisis. One diagnosis sent 28 people into quarantine, and plenty more in today’s round-up.
06.05.2020 - 13:22
Akureyri was very sunny in April
April this year was unusually sunny in Akureyri. The biggest town in North Iceland registered 177 hours of sunshine, which was 47 hours more than the average year. Only three previous Aprils on record have graced Akureyri with more sun, in fact. Reykjavík received 123 hours of April sunshine this year, which was 17 less than average.
06.05.2020 - 11:06
Magma accumulation seems to have stopped
The amount of seismic activity around Þorbjörn hill near the town of Grindavík has dropped significantly and land in the area has stopped rising. Scientists say this probably means the magma accumulation under the surface has stopped for the time being.
06.05.2020 - 10:25