North Iceland sees a rise in seal numbers

According to RÚV, the number of seals residing on the Vatnsnes and Heggstaðanes peninsulas in the North of Iceland has risen since the previous seal count in 2016. A team comprised of volunteers and experts counted up to 718 seals across a 100km area on the peninsulas, an increase from 2016’s count of 580. Páll … Continue reading “North Iceland sees a rise in seal numbers”

Finland sees worst forest fire in half a century

The northwestern part of Finland is fighting the worst forest fire in half a century as fires rage roughly 300 hectares over five days. On Monday 26th July, a fire broke out south of the Finnish town, Kalajoki, due to the exceptionally hot summer weather. Experts noted that the fire located near Kalajoki is Finland’s … Continue reading “Finland sees worst forest fire in half a century”

Finland to launch world-first university program for influencers

A new degree program that offers professional training for social media influencers and content producers has been announced by the Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland, making it a world-first. According to the university, between 20 and 25 students will be chosen for the program, whose aim is to grow a following across various … Continue reading “Finland to launch world-first university program for influencers”

Meteor strikes in southeast Norway

A meteor has stunned Norwegians when it entered Earth’s atmosphere in the southeast part of the country on Sunday 25th July. Researchers have suggested that the meteor may have crashed in Finnemarka, a nature preserve roughly 60 km west of the country’s capital, Oslo. The Norwegian Meteor Network explained that onlookers could watch the event … Continue reading “Meteor strikes in southeast Norway”

Danish capital aims to reduce litter caused by cigarettes

Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital, has launched a number of initiatives aimed at reducing the litter caused by cigarettes, including portable ashtrays. On Wednesday 21st July, the City of Copenhagen announced that it had supplied 300 cafes with free pocket ashtrays that can be used to throw away cigarette butts. The city explained that these pocket ashtrays … Continue reading “Danish capital aims to reduce litter caused by cigarettes”

Rentals of electric scooters in Oslo to be reduced

Norway’s capital Oslo is set to reduce the number of electric scooters available for rent, which also includes a ban on rentals at night. Due to a high number of scooter-related accidents over the summer, Oslo will be reducing the amount of electric scooter rentals permitted throughout the city – a city with the most … Continue reading “Rentals of electric scooters in Oslo to be reduced”

Climate change: Greenland halts gas and oil exploration

Greenland is stopping its gas and oil extraction due to the environmental and climatic impacts being “too high” compared to potential financial gains, states Naaja Nathanielsen, Greenland’s Minister of Natural Resources. According to Greenland’s Cabinet, led by Prime Minister Múte Egede, halting exploration licenses is a “natural step” because Greenland takes the “climate crisis seriously.” … Continue reading “Climate change: Greenland halts gas and oil exploration”

Finland’s Minister of Finance calls for more foreign workers

Annika Saarikko, Finland’s Minister of Finance, has declared that the country needs more workers from foreign countries as the working-age population is shrinking and the number of elderly people requiring care is rising. Saarikko states that work-based immigration could help to improve Finland’s economic growth and jump-start the country’s employment situation. Saarikko pointed out that … Continue reading “Finland’s Minister of Finance calls for more foreign workers”

Guinness World Records: World’s largest sandcastle built in Denmark

The world’s largest sandcastle has been built in Denmark, beating the previously tallest sandcastle as recognized by the Guinness World Records by more than three meters. The sandcastle was built in the Danish town, Blokhus, and reaches 21.16 meters in height, comprising almost 5,000 tonnes of sand. According to Guinness World Records, Denmark’s winning sandcastle … Continue reading “Guinness World Records: World’s largest sandcastle built in Denmark”

Stefan Löfven returns as Swedish Prime Minister

After the resignation of Stefan Löfven, Sweden’s parliament has reinstated Löfven as Prime Minister despite losing to a vote of no-confidence. Within the Swedish system, a Prime Minister is accepted if the majority of MPs do not vote against them. In this case, Löfven’s nomination passed in the 349-seat parliament, receiving a vote of 116 … Continue reading “Stefan Löfven returns as Swedish Prime Minister”

Norwegian influencers forced to disclose edited body photos on promotional posts

A new law passed in Norway will make it illegal for social media influencers and advertisers to share promotional photos without making it clear to the audience that the images were edited or manipulated. The law, which is an amendment to the 2009 Marketing and Control Act, was passed on 2nd June and is set … Continue reading “Norwegian influencers forced to disclose edited body photos on promotional posts”

Finland plans to develop Amazon delivery robot technology

Plans to develop new technology for autonomous delivery vehicles in Finland’s capital, Helsinki, have been announced by Amazon. Amazon has stated that it will be setting up a new center in Finland to support the development of Amazon Scout, Amazon’s fully electric autonomous delivery robot. Within this development center will be two dozen engineers focusing … Continue reading “Finland plans to develop Amazon delivery robot technology”

SolarWinds hack exposes Denmark’s central bank

Earlier this week, a report has shown that Denmark’s central bank was compromised during the global SolarWinds hacking operation in 2020, leaving a “backdoor” to its network open for seven months. It was noted that the hackers were unusually sophisticated and created modified code in SolarWinds’ network management software, which was downloaded globally by 18,000 … Continue reading “SolarWinds hack exposes Denmark’s central bank”

Norway to offer Niger 100 million Krone for increased food security

An agreement has been announced by the Norwegian government that is set to allocate 100 million Krone to provide healthy and nutritious food for the population of Niger. This initiative is in connection with the launch of the Government’s new strategy for the Sahel region and a part of a joint project between Care Norway … Continue reading “Norway to offer Niger 100 million Krone for increased food security”

Stefan Löfven: Swedish Prime Minister resigns

Today, Sweden’s Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, has announced his resignation after receiving a vote of no-confidence last week. Löfven had a deadline of midnight tonight to announce his decision to resign or hold a snap election. At the press conference announcing his resignation, Löfven stated, “This is the most difficult political decision I have taken.” … Continue reading “Stefan Löfven: Swedish Prime Minister resigns”

COVID-19 in Iceland: Restrictions officially over

Yesterday officially marked the removal of all domestic COVID-19 restrictions in Iceland, making it the first Nordic country to lift pandemic restrictions. Iceland’s Health Minister Svandís Svavarsdóttir made the announcement during a press conference. The decision was made in accordance the country’s Chief Epidemiologist, Þórólfur Guðnason. Prior to this, Iceland’s restrictions included:– A 300-person gathering … Continue reading “COVID-19 in Iceland: Restrictions officially over”

Air quality in Reykjavík ranked 16th in new study

According to a study based on city air quality recently published by the European Environment Agency (EEA), Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, has been ranked the 16th city in Europe with the cleanest air quality. Landvernd, an environmental conservation organization based in Iceland, stated, “This isn’t overly surprising,” with its Managing Director Auður Önnu Magnúsdóttir commenting, “I … Continue reading “Air quality in Reykjavík ranked 16th in new study”

No-confidence vote topples Swedish government

Stefan Lofven, Sweden’s Prime Minister, has received a vote of no-confidence after 181 of 349 MPs voted in favor of the motion, making it a first in Swedish history. The move to pursue a no-confidence vote came from a dispute over proposals to end a rent cap on new-build flats, which led the Left party … Continue reading “No-confidence vote topples Swedish government”

Iceland trials IBM’s Excelsior Pass for travellers coming from New York

The Icelandic Border Control has launched a pilot program to accept the Excelsior Pass at the countries border from passengers flying from New York.  The Excelsior Pass is currently available to New Yorkers, a free voluntary digital health pass developed by New York State in partnership with IBM to verify their COVID-19 vaccination or test … Continue reading “Iceland trials IBM’s Excelsior Pass for travellers coming from New York”

Icelandic Airline Play showcases new uniforms

Forget running around in high heels – comfortable sneakers are the way to go, and instructions regarding hair, makeup, tattoos and nail polish are gone. The new uniforms are gender-neutral, and the PLAY crew can pick whatever works for them from a varied selection of outfits encompassing the companies core values, simplicity, playfulness, competitiveness, equality … Continue reading “Icelandic Airline Play showcases new uniforms”

New AI model designed in Sweden helps understand virus spread from animals to humans

A new model that applies artificial intelligence to carbohydrates improves the understanding of the infection process and could help predict which viruses are likely to spread from animals to humans. This is reported in a recent study led by researchers at Sweden’s University of Gothenburg. Carbohydrates participate in nearly all biological processes – yet they … Continue reading “New AI model designed in Sweden helps understand virus spread from animals to humans”

Iceland sees largest drop in unemployment since the nineties

According to Vísir, Iceland’s rate of unemployment has seen the largest drop within the country since 1994, where the rate dropped from 10.4% to 9.1% between April and May of 2021.  The number of people dropping off the unemployment register was around 2400, with tourism-related sectors seeing the most significant decrease during this period.  Ásmundur … Continue reading “Iceland sees largest drop in unemployment since the nineties”

Two Viking-era skeletons reunited in Denmark after a millennium

Denmark’s National Museum is now the home for the remains of two Viking-era men that were once related, being reunited after a millennium. It was stated that one of the Viking men died with traces of blows in Denmark in his 50s, which apparently suggests that he was a part of various battles. The other … Continue reading “Two Viking-era skeletons reunited in Denmark after a millennium”

Puffin island declared protected area in Iceland

The Environment Minister of Iceland, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, has announced that Lundey Island off the north coast of Reykjavík has been declared a protected area due to the ten thousand seabird pairs that nest on the island every year. Lundey joins the declaration of protected areas alongside its neighbors within Reykjavík’s Kollafjörður fjord, including Engey, … Continue reading “Puffin island declared protected area in Iceland”

Brennuold Festival: New arts and music festival announced in Reykjavík

Brennuold Festival, a new arts and music festival, has been announced to take place in the heart of downtown Reykjavík, Iceland, which is set to bring together the arts and music community for a full day of art exhibitions and live music performances.Brennuold Fest is a small independent festival built on the DIY ethos of … Continue reading “Brennuold Festival: New arts and music festival announced in Reykjavík”

Iceland and Norway strike trade deal with the UK

Iceland and Norway have struck a trade deal with the UK for digital paperwork that will reduce time and costs that now come with border bureaucracy post-Brexit. The trade deal came after months of tough talks between the UK and Norwegian governments and has been labeled as pioneering in its scope and measures by securing … Continue reading “Iceland and Norway strike trade deal with the UK”

Study finds Europe’s expensive driving fines in Norway

A study conducted by the driving institute Zutobi has found that Norway takes pole position for the country with the most expensive driving fines compared to the rest of Europe. The study found that Norway fines the most for drink-driving, running red lights, and motorway speeding.  Being 0.02 percent over the blood alcohol limit will … Continue reading “Study finds Europe’s expensive driving fines in Norway”

PiparTBWA and The Engine build Europe’s best campaign for a Norwegian clothing manufacturer

PiparTBWA and The Engine won the European Search Award for the best search campaign in the fashion category for Norwegian wool clothing manufacturer Lanullva. “When we started working for this client, they were on board with all the changes we proposed. We redesigned the look of the company as a whole, from the product itself, … Continue reading “PiparTBWA and The Engine build Europe’s best campaign for a Norwegian clothing manufacturer”

IPO planned for Íslandsbanki on Nasdaq Iceland

According to mbl.is, the next step towards an IPO (initial public offering) and listing of shares in Íslandsbanki has been announced by The Icelandic State Financial Investments, on behalf of the Treasury of Iceland and Íslandsbanki hf. The public offering is set to offer shares to institutional and retail investors in Iceland, as well as … Continue reading “IPO planned for Íslandsbanki on Nasdaq Iceland”

Rate of Gun violence in Sweden significant on the rise

As part of a report conducted by the Swedish national council for crime prevention, only Sweden has recorded a significant rise in deaths caused by gun violence since 2000 compared to 22 European countries analyzed. The report found that Sweden has leaped from having one of the lowest rates of gun violence in Europe to … Continue reading “Rate of Gun violence in Sweden significant on the rise”

Finland and Denmark ranked best countries in Europe for retirees

Scandinavia countries Finland and Denmark have been placed in the list of top ten countries in Europe for retirees, with Finland taking the top spot. A report published by Blacktower Financial Management Group has revealed the best European countries for retirees in 2021 based on crime rates, the cost of living, life expectancy, property prices, … Continue reading “Finland and Denmark ranked best countries in Europe for retirees”

Tesla ordered to pay fines to Norwegian customers for reduced battery capacities

Tesla has been ordered to pay fines of 136,000 Kroner – approximately $16,000 – to thousands of its customers in Norway due to reduced battery capacities and charging speeds of its vehicles. Following a software update in 2019, several Norwegian customers have been noticing a significant reduction in mileage ranges with certain 2013-2015 Model S … Continue reading “Tesla ordered to pay fines to Norwegian customers for reduced battery capacities”

U.S. no longer interested in buying Greenland

It has been confirmed by the U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, that America is no longer interested in buying Greenland. As part of a four-day trip that included a meeting between foreign ministers of countries bordering the Arctic, Blinken visited the Danish autonomous territory to make the announcement. The Secretary of State clarified that … Continue reading “U.S. no longer interested in buying Greenland”

The State of the Arctic: New findings from AMAP on Climate, Pollution and Human Health support urgent need for action

Press Release – Ministers of the eight Arctic States will meet for the twelfth Arctic Council Ministerial in Reykjavik, Iceland, 20 May 2021 to consider, amongst other things, new information produced by the Council’s Working Groups. The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) is the working group responsible for monitoring and assessing the state of … Continue reading “The State of the Arctic: New findings from AMAP on Climate, Pollution and Human Health support urgent need for action”

Eurovision 2021: Member of Icelandic team tests positive for COVID-19

According to Vísir, a member of the Icelandic Eurovision 2021 team has tested positive for COVID-19 as part of a routine test that took place on Sunday 16th May in Rotterdam. Icelandic media representative of the Eurovision group, Rúnar Freyr Gíslason, has confirmed that one group member has tested positive but doesn’t want to reveal … Continue reading “Eurovision 2021: Member of Icelandic team tests positive for COVID-19”

Euro 2020: Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out of playing for Sweden

Swedish football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been ruled out of playing for Sweden during the upcoming football tournament, Euro 2020, due to a knee injury. Ibrahimovic was recalled to the Swedish national team after retiring from international football in March. However, the footballer has been put out of action, needing six weeks to recover, due … Continue reading “Euro 2020: Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled out of playing for Sweden”

Action plan to combat human trafficking unveiled by Finland

An action plan containing measures to remove human trafficking from Finland has been unveiled by Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin. The action plan, containing 55-measures, was created in response to the criticism Finland has received from international human rights watchdogs for its lack of actions to prevent human trafficking within the country. The Finnish government … Continue reading “Action plan to combat human trafficking unveiled by Finland”

Bid to host European Handball Championships made by Norway, Sweden, and Denmark

Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have announced a joint bid to host the EHF (European Handball Federation) European Championships in either 2026 or 2028 under the moniker of “Scandinavia Connect”. As part of the venture, the aim is to have innovation at the core of the Championships and capitalize on the modern-day opportunities that technology offers … Continue reading “Bid to host European Handball Championships made by Norway, Sweden, and Denmark”

Bid to host European Handball Championships made by Norway, Sweden, and Denmark

Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have announced a joint bid to host the EHF (European Handball Federation) European Championships in either 2026 or 2028 under the moniker of “Scandinavia Connect”. As part of the venture, the aim is to have innovation at the core of the Championships and capitalize on the modern-day opportunities that technology offers … Continue reading “Bid to host European Handball Championships made by Norway, Sweden, and Denmark”

Bid to host European Handball Championships made by Norway, Sweden, and Denmark

Norway, Sweden, and Denmark have announced a joint bid to host the EHF (European Handball Federation) European Championships in either 2026 or 2028 under the moniker of “Scandinavia Connect”. As part of the venture, the aim is to have innovation at the core of the Championships and capitalize on the modern-day opportunities that technology offers … Continue reading “Bid to host European Handball Championships made by Norway, Sweden, and Denmark”

League of Legends esports tournament in Reykjavík kicks off in Reykjavík

The League of Legends tournament, MSI, kicked off on 6th May at the sporting arena, Laugardalshöll, Iceland’s capital Reykjavík. The event is one of the world’s largest esports events, with twelve teams competing over 17 days. It was estimated that roughly six hundred people comprised of teams and personnel have traveled to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik … Continue reading “League of Legends esports tournament in Reykjavík kicks off in Reykjavík”

First banknote produced in Denmark sold for 22.8 thousand Euros

According to the auction house, Bruuns Rasmussen in Copenhagen, Denmark’s first-ever banknote produced was sold for just over 22,800 Euros (170,000 Danish Kroner) on Monday evening. It was noted that the banknote was previously estimated to be worth between 60,000-80,000 Kroner, which lead to a surprise for some when the final selling price hit 170,000 … Continue reading “First banknote produced in Denmark sold for 22.8 thousand Euros”

Bronze Age artifacts excavated in Swedish town Alingsås

A large deposit of Bronze Age artifacts thought to originate between 750 and 500 BC have been excavated in the Swedish town of Alingsås by Archaeologists from the Administration for Cultural Development. In April 2021, various bronze objects were discovered by members of the public, who notified the Administrative Board of Västra Götaland county about … Continue reading “Bronze Age artifacts excavated in Swedish town Alingsås”

Iceland expects to see rise in tourism from May

The Icelandic Tourist Board has hinted that it expects to see a rise in tourism to Iceland as of May, two months earlier than previously predicted, despite COVID-19 restrictions. Talking with Morgunblaðið, Jóhannes Þór Skúlason, the Managing Director of the Icelandic Tourist Board, stated that there’s more optimism for welcoming tourists now than they expected … Continue reading “Iceland expects to see rise in tourism from May”

Beloved Finnish Eurovision star Fredi passes away

Iconic Finnish musician and comedian Fredi, who represented Finland twice at the Eurovision Song Contest, has unfortunately passed away. Fredi was 78 years old. Fredi, real name Matti Siitonen, first represented Finland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with his song Varjoon – Suojaan, which finished in twelfth with three points. In 1976, Fredi … Continue reading “Beloved Finnish Eurovision star Fredi passes away”

Extreme stockpile of explosives found in shed in Denmark

During a recent police raid in the island of Amager near Copenhagen, over 200 kilograms of explosives have been found in a shed, which Danish police has described as “historic”. Two men, aged 21 and 54, have been arrested following the raid, which came from a long-term police investigation. According to senior police officer Henrik … Continue reading “Extreme stockpile of explosives found in shed in Denmark”

Speed limits to be lowered throughout Reykjavík

As stated by a motion approved by Reykjavík’s Planning and Transportation Council, speed limits throughout Iceland’s capital Reykjavík are set to be lowered, with 50km/h being the maximum limit. By reducing the maximum speed on roads within the city, with most to roughly 30km/h, it’s predicted that pollution will be reduced by 40 percent, according … Continue reading “Speed limits to be lowered throughout Reykjavík”

Three people die in large salmonella outbreak in Denmark

According to the BBC, three people have died in Denmark from a large salmonella outbreak, apparently linked to psyllium husk capsules by Husk, which have been recalled by the manufacturer Orkla Care. A total of 33 people have fallen ill due to consuming the capsules, with nineteen being treated in hospital and three passing. Those … Continue reading “Three people die in large salmonella outbreak in Denmark”

Iceland used as backdrop for parts of upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie

Select scenes for the upcoming live-action Dungeons & Dragons movie directed by Goldstein & Daley were recently filmed in Iceland, reports Morgunblaðið. Within parts of the film, the Icelandic landscape will be featured and play a crucial role in the storyline. Various locations in South Iceland were chosen, with about 15 people on location. However, … Continue reading “Iceland used as backdrop for parts of upcoming Dungeons & Dragons movie”

New Architecture and Design Museum in Helsinki sees historic private donation

Helsinki’s New Architecture and Design Museum has received a donation of 20 million Euros, making it the largest private donation ever given to Finland’s cultural sector. The private donation of 20 million Euros came from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation. In addition to that, at least two million Euros will be given as part … Continue reading “New Architecture and Design Museum in Helsinki sees historic private donation”