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Annie Places Second Despite Back Injury

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 28, 2014 at 9:46

Annie Mist Þórisdóttir finished 2nd overall in the 2014 CrossFit Games despite a back injury which threatened to keep her from competing as a Crossfit athlete for the rest of her life, reports RX Review. During a press conference after the win, Annie shared the story of her emotional recovery; how the injury left her legs numb […]

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Searching For The Best Public Bathroom - The Daytime Edition

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 28, 2014 at 8:00

Something that always seems to be missing in reviews of restaurants, bars, cafés and whatnot, is the bathroom. Perhaps it is a taboo subject? But when you think about it, the flowery potpourri smell in the bathroom might make up for a mediocre cup of coffee or a semi-flat beer and stumbling upon a clogged […]

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So What’s This I Hear About Iceland Being The 17th Best Country In The World?

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 28, 2014 at 8:00

Something called The Good Country Index was published recently. It is a list of 125 countries ranked according how much good they do in the world, from Ireland at the top to Libya at 125th. As a marketing stunt, it was brilliant, generating a few hundred thousand news articles around the globe. It was, predictably […]

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Hallgrímskirkja Among World’s Weirdest Buildings

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 28, 2014 at 7:18

Hallgrímskirkja has been voted one of the world’s weirdest buildings, reports Vísir. According to the Top 50 Weirdest Buildings list, Hallgrímskirkja is the third strangest looking building on the planet. The Stone House in Guimarães and the Casa Da Musica – both located in Portugal, came in first and second place respectively.  Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church […]

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Women 10% Of Highest-Earning CEO’s In Iceland

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Monday Jul 28, 2014 at 6:44

According to new figures from Frjáls Verslun women make up only 10% of the highest-earning CEO’s in Iceland. Out of 200 top-earning CEO’s women account for only 20 and out of 19 categories (split by industry) only one woman came in first place. Vísir reports that Unnur Þorsteinsdóttir, VP of Genetic Research with deCode Genetics is the highest-earning female director […]

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11,000 Take Part In SlutWalk, Inspire Parliamentarians

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Sunday Jul 27, 2014 at 16:41

About 11,000 Icelanders participated in yesterday’s annual SlutWalk, and helped inspire a parliamentary proposal which could help victims of sexual assault. Vísir reports that about 11,000 Icelanders marched from Hallgrímskirkja at 14:00 yesterday to Austurvöllur, in front of parliament. There, attendees listened to speeches on the subject of placing the blame for rape on rapists […]

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Petition On Israeli Government Submitted To Foreign Affairs Committee

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Sunday Jul 27, 2014 at 16:11

About 6,600 Icelanders signed a petition calling for their government to end diplomatic ties with Israel in response to the attacks on Gaza. Vísir reports that journalist Illugi Jökulsson, who initiated the campaign, met with Foreign Affairs Committee chair Birgir Ármannsson on Friday to give him the signatures. While the petition drive began only the […]

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Top 10 in Iceland

by Iceland Review on Sunday Jul 27, 2014 at 9:19

The Top 10 in the Icelandic music charts this week.

Ask Not on Whom the Sun Shines - New Refugee-Hostile Chief of Capital Area Police

by Reykjavík Grapevine on Sunday Jul 27, 2014 at 3:51

If the State Prosecutor decides to take the Interior Ministry to court, for breach of confidentiality, slander, and abuse of public office against two asylum seekers, the Capital Area Police will in all likelihood handle the criminal investigation, as it has until now. Since the police is subordinate to the Interior Ministry, the police thereby […]

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Flower Pots Placed Downtown to Slow Traffic

by Iceland Review on Sunday Jul 27, 2014 at 0:05

Residents of Bergstaðastræti in central Reykjavík are fed up with people driving too fast along their street, which is in a 30 km/h zone.

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