Iceland’s bus system suffers cyber attack

As reported by The Reykjavik Grapevine, Iceland’s public bus system, Strætó, has been the victim of a cyber attack at the hands of foreign-based hackers. According to Strætó’s English announcement, “The attackers have threatened to publish the data if Strætó does not pay a requested fee.” It follows with, “In accordance with the guidelines of … Continue reading “Iceland’s bus system suffers cyber attack”

Swedish Prime Minister gets in trouble for hosting cleaner with deportation order

Magdalena Andersson, the Prime Minister of Sweden, has got herself into trouble after a cleaner at her home was detained after being previously awarded a deportation order. Swedish police were called to Andersson’s house after the burglar alarm was accidentally set off at her home. Upon arrival, police found that a cleaner in her property … Continue reading “Swedish Prime Minister gets in trouble for hosting cleaner with deportation order”

Drone saves man in Sweden from heart attack

According to Everdrone, a 71-year-old man in Sweden was saved from a heart attack after a drone flew in a defibrillator while being resuscitated by a nearby doctor. The Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery (EMADE) service by Everdrone is designed to deliver medical equipment as quickly as possible. The drone allows emergency dispatchers to send a … Continue reading “Drone saves man in Sweden from heart attack”

Firefighters in Iceland called fifty times during New Year’s Eve due to brush fires

Sunnlenska has reported that Iceland’s firefighters were called out around fifty times across the country due to brush fires caused by fireworks. Firefighter Lárus Kristinn Guðmundsson explains, “I don’t remember such a great many calls on New Years before… We’ve dispatched all of our stations at some point or another, except at Laugarvatn, and firefighters … Continue reading “Firefighters in Iceland called fifty times during New Year’s Eve due to brush fires”

Finland saw births increase by more the seven percent in 2021

According to Statistics Finland’s preliminary figures, the number of births in Finland increased by more than seven percent in 2021. Finland is well-known for its low birth rates, but in a surprise turn of events, births between January and November 2021 were up by 7.1% compared to the same period during 2021. In general, births … Continue reading “Finland saw births increase by more the seven percent in 2021”

Greenland sees higher temperatures linked to global warming

According to the Danish Meteorological Institute, Greenland has seen temperatures higher than usual for this time of year, which has been linked to global warming. The seasonal average for this time of year in the country’s capital city, Nuuk, is generally around -5.3°C, where for 2021 it hit up to 13°C. Within the northern town … Continue reading “Greenland sees higher temperatures linked to global warming”

Swedish labor migration laws tighten to combat foreign worker exploitation

In a bid to combat the exploitation of foreign workers in Sweden, the Swedish government is working on a proposal to tighten the current labor migration regulations. As stated in a Press Release by the Ministry for Integration and Migration, the proposal is set to be presented to the Council on Legislation. “It is important … Continue reading “Swedish labor migration laws tighten to combat foreign worker exploitation”

Pioneering Icelandic tattoo artist has passed away

Influential tattoo artist Fjölnir Geir Bragason, known as Fjölnir Tattoo, has recently passed away at the age of 56. Bragason was integral in shaping Iceland’s tattoo culture. Bragason started tattooing in 1995 and gained a strong reputation as an imaginative and proficient tattoo artist. Over time, he played a significant role in pioneering tattooing within … Continue reading “Pioneering Icelandic tattoo artist has passed away”

Delayed nuclear reactor in Finland finally activated

The Olkiluoto 3 nuclear reactor in Finland has finally started up its critical functions after initially being slated to open up in 2009, marking the country’s first commission of a new nuclear plant in over 40 years. Despite the reactor being activated, it’s not currently connected to the Finnish power grid, with roughly 25% production … Continue reading “Delayed nuclear reactor in Finland finally activated”

300 prison cells in Kosovo to be rented by Denmark

The Danish government has announced that it plans to rent 300 prison cells in Kosovo to ease the overcrowding of inmates that are towards the end of their sentences. In a statement made by the Danish Justice Ministry, the incentive will expand Denmark’s prison estate by 326 places between 2022 and 2025 in an aid … Continue reading “300 prison cells in Kosovo to be rented by Denmark”

Bitcoin miners lose power in Iceland

Bitcoin miners in Iceland have recently had their power cut by Landsvirkjun, the National Iceland electrical company Land, due to a variety of issues at a power station. According to a representative at Landsvirkjun, a series of issues, including a problem at a power station, low hydro-reservoir levels and accessing energy from an external supplier, … Continue reading “Bitcoin miners lose power in Iceland”

Website to Finland’s space-related projects recently launched

A new website dedicated to Finland’s space-related projects has recently been launched, the Finnish government has been announced. A collaboration between Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Business Finland, the website will feature all of the country’s latest space projects and information about Finland’s space administration and international cooperation. “The space sector is … Continue reading “Website to Finland’s space-related projects recently launched”

Denmark climate goals: Country lines up first green bond to transition towards carbon neutrality

To help finance the country’s transition towards carbon neutrality, Denmark will be issuing its first green bond in early 2022. Denmark has been leading the development of wind power and has also been looking to how to fund its transition. The country aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions up to 70 percent by 2023, compared … Continue reading “Denmark climate goals: Country lines up first green bond to transition towards carbon neutrality”

Volcano in Iceland: Alert levels raised for Grímsvötn eruption

Iceland has recently raised the alert level for a potential eruption of Grímsvötn after several small earthquakes were found at the active volcano site. Grímsvötn is an active volcano buried beneath the northwestern side of the Vatnajökull ice cap towards the east of the country. The alert level has been raised from “yellow” to “orange” … Continue reading “Volcano in Iceland: Alert levels raised for Grímsvötn eruption”

Offshore Swedish wind farm reaches next phase of application

Renewable energy solutions company, OX2, has recently submitted a permit application under the Act on Sweden’s Exclusive Economic Zone to build Galatea-Galene, an offshore wind farm off the coast of Falkenberg, towards the western part of Sweden. Located about 25 kilometres from Varberg and about 25 kilometres from Falkenberg, the wind farm is set to comprise … Continue reading “Offshore Swedish wind farm reaches next phase of application”

Terrorism in Finland: five arrested over far-right plot

Finnish police have arrested five men suspected of far-right terrorism and were planning a motivated bomb and gun attack. According to police, the five people are from the southwestern municipality of Kankaanpaa and were arrested after being under surveillance for two years. Finnish police have also mentioned that this is the country’s first case of terrorism … Continue reading “Terrorism in Finland: five arrested over far-right plot”

Icelandic Christmas Beer a Hit: Brewing Peas and Goodwill

ORA Christmas beer, or ORA jólabjór in Icelandic, has been an immediate hit, flying off the shelves faster than eight tiny reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh.  Valgeir Valgeirsson and his latest creation, ORA Christmas Beer.Icelanders take their Christmas beers seriously and this year, to stand out in the flood of Christmas beers, RVK Brewery, a small … Continue reading “Icelandic Christmas Beer a Hit: Brewing Peas and Goodwill”

Sweden appoints first trans person in country’s government cabinet

Lina Axelsson Kihlblom has been appointed as a minister in Magdalena Andersson’s new government, making Kihlblom the first trans person to be a part of Sweden’s cabinet.“If I, in any small way, can be a role model or a trailblazer I am happy about that,” explained Kihlblom in an interview with Swedish public radio. Sweden … Continue reading “Sweden appoints first trans person in country’s government cabinet”

Icelandic football: Gudjohnsen resigns as assistant coach

According to KSI, Eidur Gudjohnsen, the former Chelsea forward, has resigned as the assistant coach of the Icelandic national football team.Gudjohnsen has resigned after less than a year in the position of assistant coach, noting that, “The past year has been very challenging both on and off the field.”KSI released a statement on the resignation … Continue reading “Icelandic football: Gudjohnsen resigns as assistant coach”

Salla National Park in Finland approved by government

A proposal to establish Sallatunturi National Park in Finnish Lapland has been approved by the country’s government, making it the 41st national park in Finland. The idea of the park, which is along the northeastern border with Russia, came from within the municipality itself, with Parliament’s plenary session going smoothly, states MP and Environment Committee … Continue reading “Salla National Park in Finland approved by government”

Magdalena Andersson: Swedish Prime Minister resigns just hours after appointment

Sweden’s first female Prime Minister, Magdalena Andersson, has resigned just hours after her appointment due to Andersson’s budget failing and her coalition partner quitting the government. Andersson’s budget didn’t hit the mark after parliament voted for a budget designed by the opposite party. Speaking to reporters, Andersson said, “I have told the speaker that I wish to … Continue reading “Magdalena Andersson: Swedish Prime Minister resigns just hours after appointment”

Most popular Icelandic names for babies in 2020 announced

Registers Iceland has recently published data on the most popular names for babies in Iceland during 2020. For girls, there were two names that reached the top of the charts: Andrea and Freyja. For boys, Aron was the most popular name. Throughout 2020, a total of 48 boys were named Aron, with Alexander taking second place and … Continue reading “Most popular Icelandic names for babies in 2020 announced”

LUT University of Finland appoints MythBusters’ Jamie Hyneman as Professor of Practice

LUT University in Lappeenranta, Finland, has appointed MythBusters’ Jamie Hyneman as the Professor of Practice for a five-year term as of November 15th 2021.Hyneman states about the appointment, “I’m truly honored. I am happy to help LUT by contributing what I know about technology and business and am looking forward to future projects and challenges.” The … Continue reading “LUT University of Finland appoints MythBusters’ Jamie Hyneman as Professor of Practice”

COVID in Norway: New variant of Delta strain detected

According to the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), a new variant of the Delta COVID-19 strain has been detected in Norway. The NIPH reported the first case of this new strain in late June, which has now spread across Norway. The strain is said to be more dangerous than the regular Delta virus, yet … Continue reading “COVID in Norway: New variant of Delta strain detected”

Espionage case in Sweden: new arrest made

In a first in over 18 years in Swedish law, one person has been arrested on suspicion for “aggravated espionage” in a case that has already seen a former intelligence official detained.Säkerhetspolisen, Sweden’s security service, declined to give details regarding the suspect’s gender or age but stated that the arrest was made in “central Sweden”.Furthermore, … Continue reading “Espionage case in Sweden: new arrest made”

Meta promotional video parodied by Icelandic tourist board turns viral

The promotional video for the launch of the parent company of Facebook, Meta, has been parodied by the Icelandic tourist board, which has become a viral smash hit.Iceland’s tourist board mocked Mark Zuckerberg and Meta in a parody video inviting people to enter the “Icelandverse”. In a similar fashion to Zuckerberg, “Icelandverse’s Chief Visionary Officer” … Continue reading “Meta promotional video parodied by Icelandic tourist board turns viral”

Nightlife safety plan to ban late sales of alcohol in Denmark

In an attempt to crack down on anti-social behavior in the country, the Danish government has announced a ban on late-night sales of alcohol in some areas. The government wants to ban the sale of alcohol in shops between midnight and 5 AM in areas with significant nightlife. In addition, bars and nightclubs will also … Continue reading “Nightlife safety plan to ban late sales of alcohol in Denmark”

Commission on injustices suffered by Sámi people launched in Sweden

A special commission to investigate is being set up to examine the country’s colonization and attitude towards the indigenous Sámi people. The commission, titled the “truth commission”, has been initiated after advocates of indigenous people have asked the Swedish government to investigate the topic for years. Marie Persson, chairman of the Sámi Parliament’s group for … Continue reading “Commission on injustices suffered by Sámi people launched in Sweden”

Iceland sees record number of births in a decade

According to Statistics Iceland, the third quarter of 2021 saw a record number of births in over a decade. Between July and September 2021, a total of 1310 children were born in Iceland, increasing the population by 3260 to a total of 374,830 people. Out of the population, inhabitants in the Reykjavík capital region numbered … Continue reading “Iceland sees record number of births in a decade”

Iceland’s history and culture represented in new research project Driftwood

The upcoming research project, Driftwood, is set to show the importance of Driftwood has played throughout the ages in Iceland’s history and culture.Driftwood is omnipresent in Iceland’s history and culture. It plays a central role in the Nordic creationmyth and was one of the most important resources for centuries, without which the country couldnot have … Continue reading “Iceland’s history and culture represented in new research project Driftwood”

Disability in Finland: State-owned business to people with disabilities

The Finnish government is set to establish a Work Ability Programme that aims to focus on disability groups and help them find employment to increase the employment rate in Finland to 75 percent by 2025.As part of this initiative, the Finnish government has established the state-owned special-purpose company, Work Channel (Työkanava Oy), to employ people … Continue reading “Disability in Finland: State-owned business to people with disabilities”

Popular Swedish fatally shot in Stockholm

Einár, an award-winning 19-year-old Swedish rapper, was fatally shot in the Swedish capital, Stockholm, which has apparently been linked to gang violence. In a case that has shocked the Swedish entertainment world, officials have pointed out that the government needs to deal with the growing criminal gang activity in the country. It was reported that … Continue reading “Popular Swedish fatally shot in Stockholm”

Population of Iceland: New figures show roughly 375,000 living in the country

As reported by RÚV, the Icelandic National Registry shows that Iceland’s population has increased by around 6,000 since December 2020, marking a total of 374,704 people residing in the country. Out of that number includes 2,500 more foreign nationals, which makes up 53,973 people, or 14.4% of Iceland’s population. The number of Icelandic citizens has … Continue reading “Population of Iceland: New figures show roughly 375,000 living in the country”

How one company’s unique eco-friendly building system saves energy

While building systems are nothing new, Norwegian company EON Elements has gone out of their way to bring together a unique way of creating an eco-friendly building place, a system that can be reused and is energy efficient beyond anything in the market with the increasing relevance of a circular economy in mind. The company’s … Continue reading “How one company’s unique eco-friendly building system saves energy”

World leader for rule of law remains Denmark

According to the World Justice Project, Denmark remains the world leader for the rule of law, becoming the sixth time in a row that the country has ranked number one, ranking above 138 other countries. Denmark ranked first in five of the eight parameters, including Constraints on Government Powers, Absence of Corruption, Fundamental Rights, Regulatory … Continue reading “World leader for rule of law remains Denmark”

Iceland Airwaves announces ‘Live From Reykjavík’ music event

The popular music festival in Iceland, Iceland Airwaves, has announced it will be holding a livestream festival in place of this year’s festival due to COVID-19 restrictions. The event, set to be held on 6th November, was announced after the dates for Iceland Airwaves have been pushed back to November 2022. This is the second … Continue reading “Iceland Airwaves announces ‘Live From Reykjavík’ music event”

Hybrid or electric cars make up for 90 percent of cars in Norway

The Norwegian Information Council for Road Traffic has recently stated that rechargeable hybrid or electric cars make up for 90 percent of cars in Norway, according to the country’s car sales in September 2021. Out of all cards sold in 2021, less than 5% are petrol-powered, with a smaller percentage using diesel fuel. The sales … Continue reading “Hybrid or electric cars make up for 90 percent of cars in Norway”

Four orchestral concerts by Björk set to take place in Reykjavík

Four orchestral concerts by Björk are set to take place at the Harpa Concert Hall, in Reykjavik, Iceland, performing on 11th, 24th, 31st October, and 15th November. Initially set to take place during August 2020, the series of concerts were rescheduled several times due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, fans of the singer are finally … Continue reading “Four orchestral concerts by Björk set to take place in Reykjavík”

Denmark claims first and second spots on world’s best restaurant list

Two fine-dining restaurants in Denmark have claimed the first and second spots on the 2021 edition of the ‘World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards‘ list, with Copenhagen restaurant Noma taking the top spot for its “Groundbreaking seasonal cuisine and fermentation sorcery.” On Tuesday 5th October, Noma was named the best restaurant during the ceremony in Antwerp, … Continue reading “Denmark claims first and second spots on world’s best restaurant list”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulls out of Swedish squad for World Cup qualifiers

Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has pulled out of the national Swedish football team for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers due to an injury to his Achilles tendon. Ibrahimovic ended his near five-year retirement in March for the Euro 2020 football tournament yet had to pull out due to an injured knee. Sweden team coach Janne … Continue reading “Zlatan Ibrahimovic pulls out of Swedish squad for World Cup qualifiers”

Auction in Denmark sells recording of unreleased song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono

An auction held in Denmark’s capital Copenhagen recently sold a rare unreleased song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, selling for $58,300 (50.270 EUR). The never-released song is featured on a cassette recording 33-minutes long that was made by four Danish teenagers months before The Beatles announced that they were breaking up. The cassette also … Continue reading “Auction in Denmark sells recording of unreleased song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono”

The Arctic Circle Assembly 2021 – Almost Business As Usual!

“Preparing for this year’s Arctic Circle Assembly has been a gratifying and at times a stressful and tense process,” says Ásdís Ólafsdóttir, CEO of this world´s largest annual gathering on Arctic issues which will take place in Reykjavík, Iceland on October 14th – 17th. “Last year like everyone else we were online. This year looked … Continue reading “The Arctic Circle Assembly 2021 – Almost Business As Usual!”

25 people in hospital after an explosion in Sweden’s Gothenburg

According to Reuters, an explosion damaged a residential building in Gothenburg, Sweden, in the early morning of Tuesday 28th September. It was stated that 25 people were taken to hospital after the incident.Gothenburg emergency services said on the incident, “Several apartments and stairwells are affected. It is at present unclear what has caused the explosion.”Emergency … Continue reading “25 people in hospital after an explosion in Sweden’s Gothenburg”

Election in Iceland: Recount overturns female majority in parliament

After what looked like a historic first for an election in Iceland, a female-majority parliament was overturned after a recounting of votes took place on Sunday 26th September.On Saturday, it was declared that 33 female MPs were elected for the country’s 63-seat parliament, up from 24 in the previous vote. Yet, after a recount a … Continue reading “Election in Iceland: Recount overturns female majority in parliament”

Large-scale rare-earth mine to cease production in Greenland

According to Naaja H. Nathanielsen, Greenland’s Minister for Mineral Resources, a new legislation is being put in place by Greenland’s new government that will ban uranium mining and cease the development of the Kvanefjeld mine, which is one of the largest rare earth deposits in the world. The Kvanefjeld contains among its deposit of rare … Continue reading “Large-scale rare-earth mine to cease production in Greenland”

Denmark to ban prisoners with life-terms from new romantic relationships

A new bill has been introduced by the Danish government that will ban prisoners with life terms from entering new romantic relationships from persons outside of the prison system. Under the new proposed law, prisoners will only be allowed to remain in contact with those close to them within the first 10 years of their … Continue reading “Denmark to ban prisoners with life-terms from new romantic relationships”

Esports tournament in Iceland: November to see world’s largest League of Legends event

The world’s largest League of Legends esports tournament is set to be held in Reykjavík, Iceland from October 5th to November 6th 2021, confirms Riot Games, the developers of the popular multiplayer online battle arena game. This event will be the final tournament of the season within the League of Legends’ professional division, where millions … Continue reading “Esports tournament in Iceland: November to see world’s largest League of Legends event”

Iceland launches world’s largest plant to capture carbon from air

Iceland has launched the world’s largest plant that turns carbon dioxide captured from air into rock. In a joint effort between Iceland’s Carbfix and Switzerland’s Climeworks, the plant is set to suck 4,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide out of the air every year once operating at total capacity. The plant uses fans to draw air … Continue reading “Iceland launches world’s largest plant to capture carbon from air”

Music festival in Iceland: Iceland Airwaves postponed until 2022

Popular music festival in Iceland, Iceland Airwaves has been postponed until 2022 due to the country’s social restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the Delta COVID variant has hit Iceland, limitations have been put on gatherings over a couple of hundred people, significantly impacting the festival. According to a recent press release … Continue reading “Music festival in Iceland: Iceland Airwaves postponed until 2022”