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U.S. considers economic sanctions against Iceland over whaling hunt

The United States said Thursday that Iceland was violating an international agreement through its whaling, opening the possibility of economic sanctions over the controversial hunt. The Department of the Interior, in a decision it is required to take under US law, found that the Nordic country’s actions violated the Convention…

Iceland bounces back from the banking brink

A new mood of proud nationalism is emerging in economically resurgent Iceland after an out-of-control banking system sank the country into financial meltdown exactly five years ago. Riding this wave of confidence is 38-year-old prime minister, Sigmundur Davíd Gunnlaugsson, elected in April on populist promises of mortgage relief for every…

Iceland bill to grant citizenship to Snowden could be foiled by fisheries

Three political parties in Iceland have put forward a bill that would grant citizenship to National Security Agency (NSA) leaker Edward Snowden, but it could be delayed by fisheries legislation. According the the Icelandic news service RUV, MPs representing Brighter Future, Piran (Pirate Party) and the Green Party backed the…

Iceland grapples with 19 percent spike in tourism

In Iceland’s Thingvellir national park, a wooden bridge covers a crack in the paved road leading to the site where the world’s oldest parliament was founded in 930. But the bridge is considerably younger, only dating back to last summer. It was built after a few hundred metres (yards) of…

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