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January 2009

Five ways to entertain your kids in Niceland

No, dear readers, the title is not a smug example of postmodern irony, it is a very real reference to the subject of this post. Which just goes to prove that, despite our obsession with new elections and revolutions and helvítis fokking fokk, we at the Weather Report have not forgotten our roots. A reader […] Read more

An interview with Thorvaldur Gylfason

Thorvaldur Gylfason is one of Iceland’s most respected economists. He holds a PhD in economics from Princeton University and is currently Professor of Economics at the University of Iceland. He was an economist with the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. from 1976-1981 and is one of the editors of the European Economic Review. Since […] Read more

Vox populi

Starting tomorrow, this website will be featuring regular interviews, in English, with Icelanders who are contributing significantly to the debate on how to build up a new and better society in this country. As most of us know, the Icelandic government has shown itself to be utterly incompetent when it comes to engaging in discourse […] Read more

Here comes the revolution

Have just returned from an incendiary citizen’s meeting in Háskólabíó. It’s hard to convey to people the boiling cauldron of energy and ideas that is Icelandic society at this present time. I will go so far as to say that the force of what is happening now is like the movement that took place in […] Read more

Introducing our shiny new online store!!

So, EPI the Photoshop guru and YT the Look-Over-the-Shoulder-and-Pontificate guru have been busy little beavers all weekend, creating a selection of products to load on the shelves of our Cafepress Online Store. [wOOt!] Mindful of the enthusiasm that so many of you expressed about the Helvítis Fokking Fokk!! slogan, we’ve created a number of items […] Read more

Monument to megalomania

OK, so Christmas is over, and we’re into the period that everybody was dreading, post-Yule, when the awful kreppa would finally dig in its claws and we’d really start to feel it. And as a nation, I guess we are. The news are pretty depressing – hospitals are closing, potentially 3,500 companies going bankrupt by […] Read more

Is Iceland turning into a dictatorship?

There was a staggering headline on the front page of Fréttablaðið this morning: Special Unit Strengthened, Economic Crimes Department Not Beneath the headline was an article outlining just how money has been poured into strengthening the police’s Viking Squad in the past couple of years, while the Economic Crimes Department has been downsized. The numbers […] Read more

Thirteenth night

Today is the day known as Þrettándinn here in Iceland, which in Anglo-Saxonland would be called Twelfth Night. [I always used to wonder why it was called Þrettándinn, aka ‘the thirteenth’ here in Niceland, and Twelfth Night in English-speaking countries, until I realized that Christmas officially begins a day early here in Niceland, i.e. on […] Read more

Dear readers, it’s that time of year again: time for The Bloggies! As some of you may know, The Bloggies [more formally known as The Weblog Awards] are the interweb’s premiere awards for the world’s blogging community. Last year our very own Iceland Weather Report was one of five blogs shortlisted in the Best European […] Read more

Demonstration in the pouring rain

So, YT donned rain gear from head to foot and headed down to Austurvöllur square at 3 pm today to join those calling for elections this spring and the immediate resignation of the Central Bank’s board. Also known as “the rabble rousers” in some circles. There were a couple thousand people there, which I think […] Read more