EU referendum protest outside Iceland's parliament

Decision on EU Unlikely before Summer Break

Parliamentary discussions on whether to withdraw Iceland’s European Union application are unlikely to be completed before the end of the parliamentary session on May 16, according to Birgir Ármannsson, chairperson of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

Little ringed plover

Future of Icelandic Nature in Doubt

The future of the Icelandic nature project, Natura is in danger because the European Union has canceled its grant following Iceland’s suspension of its accession talks.

Alþingi parliament

New Pro-EU Party to be Formed after Easter

Benedikt Jóhannesson, head of the pro-EU group Sjálfstæðir Evrópumenn (Independent Europeans), says open meetings to discuss the formation of a new political party will be held after Easter. According to a new poll conducted by Capacent Gallup, a pro-EU right-centrist party would receive 21.5...


South Africans Protest Iceland Whaling

More than 21,000 people in South Africa joined Greenpeace over the last few days in putting pressure on the South African government not to accept a cargo ship from Iceland carrying 2,000 tons of fin whale meat.

Sigmundur Davið Gunnlaugsson

Sixty-three Percent Disapprove of Prime Minister

The majority of the Icelandic population is far from pleased with its government. Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson gets the highest disapproval rating (65 percent), closely followed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson (63 percent).

Alþingi, Iceland's parliament

Government Support Continues to Drop

Support for the Progressive Party-Independence Party coalition government measures 38.7 percent, down from 40.9 percent in the last MMR poll at the end of February.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson

Prime Minister Delays Bill

Prime Minister of Iceland Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson asked Minister of Finance Bjarni Benediktsson yesterday to delay the putting forward of a new bill concerning the government’s household debt relief plan for the correction of indexed loans from 2008 and 2009 until after April Fool’s Day....

Whaling boats Reykjavík

MPs Call for Assessment of Iceland’s Whaling Industry

MP for the Social Democrats Sigríður Ingibjörg Ingadóttir and eight other MPs have put forward a proposal that the finance minister conduct an assessment of Iceland’s overall economic and commercial interests in whaling, as well as the impact on the tourism industry and Iceland’s position in...


Good Day For Dagur

Fifty-five percent of people living in Reykjavík would like to see Dagur B. Eggertsson, leader of the Social Democratic Alliance, as the next mayor of Reykjavík, according to a new poll conducted by the Social Science Research Institute.

Protest on EU Referendum at Austurvöllur square in Reykjavík

EU Referendum Protests Continue, 53,000 Sign Petition

Around 2,000 people attended a protest in Austurvöllur square outside parliament in Reykjavík on Saturday afternoon. Protesters are demanding that the Icelandic government not withdraw the country’s EU membership application before asking the nation whether or not it would like to continue...

Tourist Fee to Pass through Mosfellsbær?

Member of the Mosfellsbær town council, Jón Jósef Bjarnason, put forward a proposal on Thursday to implement the collection of a fee from tourists passing through the town, which lies on the outskirts of Reykjavík.