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Book Worms, Ahoy! - Best Bookstore: Nexus Afþreying

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 10:36

Nexus is Iceland’s only store dedicated to fantasy and science fiction and features a large fiction section, as well as non-fiction books on drawing, knitting, handicrafts and other hobbies. The store also has numerous aisles filled with games, DVDs, comics and just about everything else related to fandom. The store has been running in one […]

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Ungoo - Part X: Time to Stage a Conclusion

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 9:59

[Continued from Ungoo: Part IX] Earlier this year, a free-trade agreement between Iceland and China took effect? Iceland is the first, and so far the only, European country to make such an arrangement with the People’s Republic of. No one knows what that means. Literally no one. Perhaps some politicians, administrative staff or business managers […]

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Flower Pots Calm Traffic

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 4:50

To decrease the speed of drivers on Bergstaðarstræti, actress Vigdís Hrefna Pálsdóttir has been placing flower pots in the middle of the road as traffic calming devices, reports Vísir.  “Usually it’s small things – more often than not, flower pots, bags or buckets with flowers in them – that I place in the middle of the […]

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Woman Appointed Police Commissioner Of Reykjavík

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 4:00

Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir has been appointed Police Commissioner of Reykjavík, reports Vísir, she is the first woman to hold this post. In accordance with a new police law, Police Commissioners in Iceland will be cut down from 15 to 9. Additionally two other women have been appointed Police Commissioners,  meaning that out of 7 newly […]

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Sixty Million Tubs of Skyr Sold in Nordic Countries

by Iceland Review on Friday Jul 25, 2014 at 0:05

Sales of Icelandic skyr in the Nordic countries are expected to reach roughly 60 million tubs this year. For comparison, around 8 million tubs of skyr are sold on the Icelandic market each year.

Prime Minister Sends Letter To Netanyahu

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Thursday Jul 24, 2014 at 19:14

Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson has sent a strongly-worded letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the subject of the “deeply disturbing” attacks Israel is launching against Gaza, urging for “a peaceful resolution”. RÚV reports that the office of Netanyahu has confirmed they have received Sigmundur’s letter, which can be read in its […]

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Chinese Investors May Buy Part Of Icelandic Bank

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Thursday Jul 24, 2014 at 18:50

A group of Chinese investors are currently in negotiations over buying a portion of Islandsbanki, though this is not the first time such negotiations have been reported. Reuters reports that the investors group is comprised of “Chinese bank ICBC, insurer China Life Insurance Company and a large Chinese private equity fund”, an unnamed source from […]

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Jeep Rolled To Avoid Hitting Sheep

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Thursday Jul 24, 2014 at 18:31

Two tourists risked their lives in order to swerve around a sheep that had jumped into the road. Vísir reports that the incident took place in Vatnsnes, northwest Iceland, at about four o’ clock this morning. While traveling on a country road, the two tourists were suddenly faced with a sheep that had bounded into […]

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Snapshot 206

by Iceland Review on Thursday Jul 24, 2014 at 15:59

Laugavegur, Reykjavík.

Askja Remains Closed as Scientists Research Rockfall

by Iceland Review on Thursday Jul 24, 2014 at 15:25

Specialists from the Icelandic Met Office and earth scientists from the University of Iceland were at Askja today to research the rockfall which occurred in the area on Monday night.

Reykjavík

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SSV 4 m/s
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Akureyri Skýjað S 4 m/s 17 °C
Egilsstaðir Heiðskírt SSV 4 m/s 19 °C
London Léttskýjað A 3 m/s 26 °C
Kaupmannahöfn Heiðskírt A 3 m/s 27 °C
New York Heiðskírt N 1 m/s 19 °C
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