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If you’re reading this, you probably know that we had elections here in Iceland yesterday.* The last time I posted, we were pretty sure that the Progressive Party was going to bag these elections, as they were leading quite substantially in the polls. In the end, however, the Independence Party – the main culprit in […] Read more

This coming Saturday, Icelanders head to the polls in national elections. The last elections, four years ago, were historic. We had just had an economic meltdown, and the previous government had collapsed. People’s fury was reflected at polls, with the Independence Party – the party that had ruled Iceland for the previous 18 years – […] Read more

These days RÚV is running a series of debates with the political parties in the running for the upcoming elections. Each debate focuses on a theme, and last night the theme was was natural resources and environmental issues. It may come as a surprise to some people that tourism falls under this category – although […] Read more

We’ve got elections coming up here in Iceland, and consequently there is a lot of activity in the political arena. Amazingly we’re also seeing some monumental changes – things that most people had not even dreamed of. Last night was one such happening. RÚV [Icelandic National Broadcaster] is the main election coverage medium and they’re […] Read more

The real media scare. Lest we forget.

The DV editorial today is about the silencing that takes place in Icelandic society, specifically in the media. It provides a needed refresher of how things were here before the crash, when the media was owned by the oligarchs who went on to virtually bankrupt the country: For example, many ministers from the Independence Party […] Read more

So the outcome of yesterday’s presidential election is now clear. Incumbent President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson came out on top with nearly 53% of the votes. Þóra Arnórsdóttir, his closest competitor, received just over 33%. Voter turnout was 69%. I am disappointed. Very. Back in 2009, after the Kitchenware Revolution and the subsequent collapse of the […] Read more

As some readers may know, Iceland has presidential elections coming up this weekend. There are six candidates in the running, one of them being the incumbent president, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, who has already been in office for four election terms, or 16 years. If he is elected, he will be the longest-serving president in Iceland’s […] Read more

This evening will see the official opening of Harpa, Iceland’s new concert hall. The story of Harpa is the stuff of legend – somewhere during the boom years its construction was usurped by one Björgólfur Guðmundsson, former owner and Chairman of the Board of Landsbanki [also former owner of West Ham FC], who planned to […] Read more

Hello everyone! I’ve decided to resurface because I wanted to post this important interview with Elvira Mendez-Pinedo, a lecturer at the University of Iceland and one of the clearest voices out of Iceland these days. Here she’s discussing a book called Indignez Vous! that is making major waves throughout France and elsewhere, about things that […] Read more

Gearing up for a constitutional review

Some of you may have noticed that I skated pretty nimbly over the issue of the constitutional reform the other day. If I do say so myself. Of course the matter of reviewing the Icelandic constitution is a highly significant one, and I happen to think that the way we’re going about it here is […] Read more