Interesting little news item on p. 14 of Fréttablaðið today.
It seems that, of 192 countries that make up the United Nations, only 22 have paid their required contributions and dues for this year. That’s 11.4%.
Iceland is one of those 22 nations.
According to the paper, the 22 nations that are NOT in arrears are: Azerbaijan, Austria, Australia, The Philippines, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Canada, Congo, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Nigeria, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan and Germany.
Two countries rather conspicuous by their absence on that list are the United States and United Kingdom.
Among other things, those contributions go towards peacekeeping, basic operations of the UN, financing international tribunals and maintenance of UN headquarters.
FIRST DAY OF WINTER TODAY
According to the old Icelandic calendar. Snow would therefore have been appropriate, but instead we got cool-ish weather with some wind and the occasional blue skies. Right now it’s 2°C [36F]. The sun came up at 8.44 and set at 5.37.