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14.25

Today, at 14.25, Icelandic women will be walking out of their workplaces. The reason for that precise timing: with the wage gap factored in, that is when women will have completed a full workday. Some interesting factoids from the Fréttablaðið editorial today: Women are 50% of the human race, but own one percent of the […] Read more

The new blogtitution

As some readers will undoubtedly know, Iceland is in the process of reviewing its constitution. A constitutional assembly will be set up next spring, chosen via direct personal election, for which anyone can run. The deadline for submitting candidacies was last week, and a whopping 525 people have decided to run, which amounts to 0.2% […] Read more

Beaty polishes his halo in The Globe and Mail

So, Toronto’s Globe and Mail today publishes an interview with Ross Beaty, CEO of Magma Energy, which focuses [among other things] on the controversy surrounding Magma’s acquisition of HS Orka here in Iceland. Now, we know this about Ross Beaty: he is a smooth talker. He’s got this slightly self-depreciating manner that instantly invites rapport. […] Read more

Ingvi Hrafn hangs himself on TV

OK, I just have to share this. What we have here is one Ingvi Hrafn Jónsson, supporter of the Independence Party and castigator of all things Eva Joly, denouncing [um, too polite a word] the good lady and the work of the Special Prosecutor’s Office on his private television station, INN. I doubt if such […] Read more

Population trivia from the second quarter

Here we have some population stats from the third quarter of this year that some of you may find interesting.* At the end of the third quarter of this year, precisely 318,200 people resided in Iceland. This is 300 more than at the end of the second quarter. There were 160,000 men and 158,200 women. […] Read more

Machinations of the shadow elite

A new article in the Huffington Post by economist Robert Wade from the LSE and Sigurbjörg [Silla] Sigurgeirsdóttir from the U of Iceland is a chilling read. It gives a pretty concise account of the machinations of the Independence Party and their cronies in the lead-up to the meltdown, and proves how a handful of […] Read more

As I mentioned in the last post, Eva Joly has joined ranks with those who oppose the sale of Icelandic energy company HS Orka to Magma Energy of Canada. This afternoon, Mme Joly, along with a group of people who oppose the Magma deal, gave a press conference in which the Magma affair was once […] Read more

And now for the sports news

So, the Icelandic national under-21 football team [men’s!] beat Scotland this evening 2-1, which means Iceland is headed to the u-21 European Championships for the first time ever in the history of the republic. According to EPI there are all these young and talented footballers coming up in Iceland now because around five years ago […] Read more

Two years on: where is the New Iceland?

Two years ago, almost to the hour, then-PM Geir Haarde went on Icelandic state television and addressed the nation with the aim of enlightening us as to what was going on with the Icelandic banks. The previous weekend had seen incessant comings-and-goings of the main players in the banking sector at the government’s official meeting […] Read more

Rated R.

Iceland’s ombudsman for children has seen reason to send out a press release reminding people that demonstrations like the one we had last night is no place for children. I couldn’t agree more. I was shocked to see children there as young as two or three years old with their parents. Apart from the dangers […] Read more