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”

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”

Large trove of gold objects found in southwest Denmark

Twenty-two gold objects dating from the sixth century have been discovered in Jelling, in the southwest of Denmark, which is believed to be one of the biggest treasure troves ever found in the country. According to the Vejle Museum, amateur archaeologist Ole Ginnerup Schytz was walking across the fields when he discovered the large trove … Continue reading “Large trove of gold objects found in southwest Denmark”

Swedish government to allow police to spy on suspected gangs

In an attempt to curb gun violence in Sweden, the country’s government said that it would look at extending national security laws to give police more flexibility to spy on suspected gangs. Over the past few decades, Sweden has gone from having one of the lowest rates of gun violence to having one of the … Continue reading “Swedish government to allow police to spy on suspected gangs”

Immigration in Denmark: Trial begins of former Minister of Immigration

The trial of the former Danish Minister of Immigration, Inger Støjberg, has begun, where it’s alleged that Støjber illegally split up asylum-seeking couples, despite receiving warnings that the separations were illegal. The trial, which began on Thursday 2nd September, is the country’s first impeachment trial in three decades. Støjberg chose not to address the court … Continue reading “Immigration in Denmark: Trial begins of former Minister of Immigration”

Denmark to lift all COVID restrictions 10th September

All COVID-19 restrictions in Denmark are set to be lifted by 10th September after the pandemic was declared “no longer a critical threat to society” by the country’s health ministry. Magnus Heunicke, Denmark’s Minister of Health, explained the situation in a statement made on 27th August, “The epidemic is under control. We have record vaccination … Continue reading “Denmark to lift all COVID restrictions 10th September”

Shooting in East Iceland: Man shot and wounded by police

In an unusual situation for Iceland, an armed man in Egilsstaðir, in the eastern part of the country, was shot and wounded after firing shots in a residential part of the town, reports mbl.is. At roughly 22:00 on Thursday 26th August, police were called to a situation whereby a man was firing gunshots in Dalsel, … Continue reading “Shooting in East Iceland: Man shot and wounded by police”

Stefan Löfven to finally step down as Sweden’s Prime Minister

After a turbulent year, Stefan Löfven has finally decided to step down as Sweden’s Prime Minister, becoming the first Swedish leader ever to lose a motion in parliament. Speaking on Sunday during his annual summer speech, Löfven said that he would step down as the head of the Social Democratic Party in November, marking seven … Continue reading “Stefan Löfven to finally step down as Sweden’s Prime Minister”

Iceland’s see largest environmental accident in the country’s history

According to Morgunblaðið, oil leaking from the wreck of British the oil tanker, El Grillo, at the bottom of the fjord in Seyðisfjörður in East Iceland has been dubbed as the “largest environmental accident in the history of Iceland caused by humans”. Hlynur Vestmar Oddsson, a kayak tour guide from Seyðisfjörður, comments, “This is ominous … Continue reading “Iceland’s see largest environmental accident in the country’s history”

Flatey Island sees nature reserve double in size

A document has recently been signed by Iceland’s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson that ensures the nature reserve within Breiðafjörður fjord on Flatey Island will be doubling in size.The expansion of the reserve is to help protect the island’s unique and diverse ecosystem, especially its birdlife. The area is home … Continue reading “Flatey Island sees nature reserve double in size”

Danish and Norwegian embassies in Afghanistan to shut

Danish and Norwegian embassies located in the capital of Afghanistan, Kabul, are set to close operations and evacuate their staff due to the worsening situation in the country. On Friday 13th August, the Taliban gained further control of the country by taking over its second and third biggest cities while embassies prepare to send in … Continue reading “Danish and Norwegian embassies in Afghanistan to shut”

Swedish economy: Second quarter sees larger economic growth than expected

According to Nasdaq, the economy of Sweden has surpassed expectations during the second quarter of 2021. Sweden’s GDP grew 0.9 percent during the second quarter of 2021 compared to 2020, notes a preliminary calculation by Statistics Sweden. The original prediction was set for 0.7 percent. Melker Loberg, an economist at Statistics Sweden, states, “The growth … Continue reading “Swedish economy: Second quarter sees larger economic growth than expected”

Finland set to test autonomous rail freight transport

A project to develop an autonomous industrial rail freight service in Finland is set to enter the development and verification phase after receiving funding. The project, led by the Finnish rail operator Proxion, aims to develop a short-distance autonomous transport system that should reduce CO2 emissions and improve safety. The system will control an autonomous … Continue reading “Finland set to test autonomous rail freight transport”

Vogue to launch first-ever Scandinavian edition of magazine

Popular fashion and lifestyle magazine, Vogue, is set to launch the very first Scandinavian edition of its publication, both digitally and in print. Edited from Stockholm, Sweden, Vogue Scandinavia will represent all five Scandinavian countries and be published in English. The magazine will be primarily digital, but print versions are set to be published bi-monthly. … Continue reading “Vogue to launch first-ever Scandinavian edition of magazine”

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”