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On Iceland’s First Lady and her affinities

As I’ve alluded to in this space before, the Icelandic nation has generally been delighted with its first lady, Dorrit Mousaieff. After all, what’s not to love? She’s attractive and sweet, made an effort to learn Icelandic [she’s Israeli by birth], has a knack for getting down with the common folk, and looks very fetching in […] Read more

Icelandic Vodafone springs a leak

What an eventful day it has been here in the Land of the Nice. It all started with the news that the Vodafone Iceland website had been hacked and “sensitive information” about thousands of customers had been appropriated and subsequently leaked onto the intertubes. I don’t think anyone was too concerned [especially given the nonplussed […] Read more

With everything that’s been happening here in Iceland recently [and believe me, a lot has gone down recently], many people – largely from outside Iceland, but also people who live here – are wondering why we don’t just go out and start a new Kitchenware Revolution. Why we don’t just oust these jokers from office, […] Read more

Exit the clowns

So, Reykjavík Mayor Jón Gnarr has decided not to run for re-election next spring. He announced his decision this morning. He also announced that the Best Party, which he fronted, will cease to exist. Its members who wish to continue in politics will join a party called Björt framtíð [Bright Future], which basically grew out […] Read more

The breadcrumb theory

"Just stay cool and don't screech like a seagull. According to the breadcrumb theory it is most likely for the 1% to… Posted by The Iceland Weather Report on Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Here’s an interesting situation: an Icelandic telecommunications company (Tal) has started offering a new premium service that basically consists of assigning the customer a foreign IP number, which gives him or her access to streaming sites like Netflix and Hulu. Technically this is illegal. You see, most of these services, like iTunes, Amazon, and presumably […] Read more

Some things, bizarre as they may seem at the time, later turn out to have a perfectly rational explanation. Take that road they want to lay across the lava to Álftanes, for instance. Now there’s a bizarre undertaking if there ever was one. There’s a perfectly good road that is already there, which if it […] Read more

This has been a bad day for nature conservation here in Iceland. A group of protesters who have been tirelessly campaigning against a proposed new road out to Álftanes were arrested this morning and forcibly removed from the site. The protests concern a stretch of lava field that lies between the road from Hafnarfjörður to […] Read more

The Freedom Dinner with Davíð Oddsson

When I received the event invitation via Facebook I thought it was a joke, but apparently it’s not. There’s something on this evening called Freedom Dinner, held to commemorate the 5-year anniversary of the meltdown. The keynote speaker is … [wait for it] … Davíð Oddsson. Yes, that Davíð Oddsson. Disgraced ex-Central Bank director, and arguably the […] Read more

God bless Iceland

It is five years ago today since then-PM Geir Haarde made his address to the nation, announcing that Iceland was on the verge of bankruptcy and that there was a very real danger of it being sucked into a whirlpool of financial annihilation. About a week earlier the first of this country’s three commercial banks […] Read more