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”

Norwegian Prime Minister fined for breaking COVID-19 rules

The Norwegian Prime Minister, Erna Solberg, has been fined for breaking her own COVID-19 rules by ignoring social distancing during a birthday celebration with her family.According to The Guardian, a police investigation was triggered after the public broadcaster NRK reported the incident. Solberg has apologized for the event of her 60th birthday party, which took … Continue reading “Norwegian Prime Minister fined for breaking COVID-19 rules”

Iceland Volcano: Third fissure opens up

The Icelandic Met Office has confirmed that a third fissure has opened at the ongoing eruption site at the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. The fissure, which opened up on midnight Wednesday, is located between the first fissures at the Geldingadalur valley and the second fissures that opened on Monday, approximately 700 metres northeast of the … Continue reading “Iceland Volcano: Third fissure opens up”

Facebook: Personal information of 31,000 Icelanders leaked

The personal information of over 31,000 Icelanders stored on Facebook has been leaked due to a data breach, reports mbl.is. According to information from Facebook, the data is several years old, but to collect it, the thieves used security flaws that the company claims to have fixed in 2019. According to Alon Gal, CTO of … Continue reading “Facebook: Personal information of 31,000 Icelanders leaked”

Caviar alternative linked to botulism outbreak in Denmark

An alternative to caviar made from red fish roe has been linked to a botulism outbreak in Southern Denmark. The incident occurred after six people ate the same product together, which caused three hospitalizations due to botulism, with the rest reporting mild symptoms. The producer of the fish roe, Agustson A/S, has recalled the product … Continue reading “Caviar alternative linked to botulism outbreak in Denmark”

Tourists in private jet turned away from Iceland

Tourists from Switzerland that arrived in Iceland via private jet were turned away from the country due to not adhering to quarantine protocols.As reported by RÚV, the tourists were believed that they intended to stay for two days to observe the volcanic eruption at Geldingadalur, which included two passengers and two pilots. According to the … Continue reading “Tourists in private jet turned away from Iceland”

High-performance supercomputer to launch in Finland

According to the Helsinki Times, operations for LUMI (Large Unified Modern Infrastructure), claimed to be one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, is set to launch in Finland later this year. The supercomputer, funded by the European Joint Undertaking EuroHPC, can perform a whopping 552 million billion calculations per second, an equivalent to … Continue reading “High-performance supercomputer to launch in Finland”

11 European Search Awards nominations

PiparTBWA and The Engine have received 11 European Search Awards nominations. Agency Don’t Panic conducts the European Search Awards, the world’s largest marketing awards specializing in online marketing. Awards are given for the very best in PPC, SEO and Content Marketing from across Europe. PiparTBWA and The Engine are nominated for their work with three … Continue reading “11 European Search Awards nominations”

Sale of Rolls-Royce subsidiary to Russia prevented by Norway

The sale of the Rolls-Royce-owned company Bergen Engines to Russia’s Transmashholding has been prevented by Norway on the grounds of national security, as told by the Norwegian Justice Minister to parliament on Tuesday 23rd March. Monica Maeland, Norway’s Justice Minister with the center-right Conservative Party, explained in parliament, “We now have sufficient information to conclude … Continue reading “Sale of Rolls-Royce subsidiary to Russia prevented by Norway”

Reykjavík to host two of the biggest Esports events of 2021

Earlier this month, Riot Games, developer and publisher of League of Legends and VALORANT, announced that two of its most significant Esports events would take place back-to-back in Reykjavík this May. Competition for both events will occur in Reykjavík’s Laugardalshöll indoor sporting arena. For the first time, Riot Games brings not one but two of … Continue reading “Reykjavík to host two of the biggest Esports events of 2021”

Volcanic Eruption live-streamed from Iceland

Below you will find a live-stream from the Fagradals mountain on the Reykjanes peninsula volcanic eruption in Iceland. As per early predictions, this is still a small volcanic eruption. The video feed is from RÚV (The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service) and all rights belong to them.The post Volcanic Eruption live-streamed from Iceland first appeared on … Continue reading “Volcanic Eruption live-streamed from Iceland”

Icelandic Coast Guard rescues BBC filming crew

As confirmed by MBL.is, the Icelandic Coast Guard rescued a BBC filming crew in trouble as they became stranded in the Atlantic Ocean just north of Hornstrandir, Iceland. The Icelandic’s Coast Guard’s Information Officer, Ásgeir Erlendsson, explained that the BBC filming crew became stranded as their boat became engine-less and started taking on water around … Continue reading “Icelandic Coast Guard rescues BBC filming crew”

BREAKING NEWS – Volcanic Eruption in Iceland

Breaking news A volcanic eruption has begun in Iceland. Fagradals mountain on the Reykjanes peninsula gives a bright red glow in the evening dark as everyone in Iceland are following the latest news. This eruption is in the wake of a series of thousands of earthquakes, several large ones and multiple smaller ones in the … Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS – Volcanic Eruption in Iceland”

Ghostlamp in the spotlight for innovative marketing technology solutions

Marketing technology digital magazine CIO Applications recognizes Ghostlamp as one of the ten best service companies in marketing technology solutions in Europe. Ghostlamp CEO Valgeir Magnússon, who graces the cover of the latest issue, says in a conversation with the media that just like the genie in Aladdin’s lamp in A Thousand and One Nights, … Continue reading “Ghostlamp in the spotlight for innovative marketing technology solutions”

Icelandic animation nominated for Best Animated Short Film in 2021 Oscars

As reported by RÚV, the Icelandic animated short film directed by Gísli Darri Halldórsson, “Yes-People”, has been nominated for an Oscar within the category, Best Animated Short Film, as part of the 93rd edition of the Academy Awards. This Oscar nomination joins the list of awards already won by the film, which include: “Best Icelandic … Continue reading “Icelandic animation nominated for Best Animated Short Film in 2021 Oscars”

Evidence of ancient magma rocks found in southern Greenland

Scientists have found evidence in southern Greenland of ancient magma rocks roughly 3.7-billion-years-old, indicating that the Earth could have been entirely molten.According to a study published in the journal Science Advances, researchers have reported that their analysis of the ancient rocks in the Isua Greenstone Belt, an area of volcanic rock in southern Greenland, contain … Continue reading “Evidence of ancient magma rocks found in southern Greenland”

Accessibility to natural tourist attractions in Iceland to be improved

According to Fréttablaðið, accessibility to some of Iceland’s natural tourist attractions is to be improved as part of a new plan set out by Thórdís Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, and Guðmundur Guðbrandsson, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources. As part of the plan, roughly ISK 2.6 billion will be put into the infrastructure between … Continue reading “Accessibility to natural tourist attractions in Iceland to be improved”

Municipal elections in Finland pushed back to 13th June

In a press conference held on Saturday 6th March, the government of Finland announced that the country’s municipal elections had been pushed back to 13th June from the previous date of 18th April. According to Anna-Maja Henriksson, the Finnish Minister of Justice, the cause of this delay is due to the rise of COVID cases … Continue reading “Municipal elections in Finland pushed back to 13th June”

Convictions for banking collapse in Iceland recognized as violating fair trial laws

Icelanders sentenced as part of the 2008 banking collapse have received recognition from the Icelandic state that they didn’t receive a fair trial. The cases were apparently settled out of court between the Icelandic state and the defendants.As reported in a press release from the European Convention on Human Rights, the Icelandic state will pay … Continue reading “Convictions for banking collapse in Iceland recognized as violating fair trial laws”

Foreign traveling nationals to receive year-long emergency housing in Helsinki

The department of Social Services and Healthcare of Helsinki has announced that emergency housing will be available year-long for all nationalities, not exclusively for native Finns.The initiative put forward stated that housing should be offered for traveling communities belonging to nations within the EU, notably Romani people from Bulgaria and Romania.As it stands, traveling communities … Continue reading “Foreign traveling nationals to receive year-long emergency housing in Helsinki”

Eimskip and Port of Aalborg Sign Port Agreement

The Icelandic shipping company Eimskip has signed a port agreement with Port of Aalborg, which will connect Aalborg to the sailing system of Eimskip. The agreement allows importers as well as exporters to route FCL dry as well as reefer containers via Port of Aalborg. The agreement is valid as long as the VSA between … Continue reading “Eimskip and Port of Aalborg Sign Port Agreement”

Kings Of The Arctic Need Their Hotspots Better Protected

Arctic Hotspots are defined by scientists as those part of the Arctic ocean where marine mammals find their food, mate, grow up and rest. Not just the giants in the Arctic hierarchy; the whales, seals, walrus, narwhals and polar bears. The existence of those iconic animals depends on the health of their Arctic Hotspots – … Continue reading “Kings Of The Arctic Need Their Hotspots Better Protected”

Man charged in Sweden for selling illegal information on Volvo and Scania

According to the Swedish Prosecution Authority, an unidentified man has been charged with obtaining and selling information on vehicle manufacturers Volvo and Scania to a Russian diplomat. State prosecutor, Mats Ljungqvist, said in a statement that the unidentified 47-year-old man had worked at both Volvo and Scania as a consultant, where he illegally obtained and … Continue reading “Man charged in Sweden for selling illegal information on Volvo and Scania”

Iceland sees string of earthquakes in southwest region

Yesterday, Iceland saw a string of earthquakes, with the maximum of those reaching 5.7 on the Richter Scale. The epicenter of the quakes was recorded in the Reykjanes Peninsula region, roughly 40 kilometers from the capital, Reykjavík. The effects of the series of earthquakes were felt across the majority of the western part of the … Continue reading “Iceland sees string of earthquakes in southwest region”

Bill to tax foreign media and streaming in Iceland to be proposed in parliament

According to Vísir, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education and Culture, and Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs in Iceland, have discussed proposing a bill in parliament that would tax foreign media providers and streaming services. Taxing foreign media or the equivalent of taxing digital transactions with foreign companies are among what is being … Continue reading “Bill to tax foreign media and streaming in Iceland to be proposed in parliament”

Over three thousand Icelandic children declared obese

According to the latest figures from the Health Care Development Center in Iceland, over three thousand children have been declared obese, nearing 6.5% of Icelandic children, reports DV. It was noted that roughly ninety children are on a waiting list at Heilsuskóli Barnaspítalis for treatment due to obesity, with complications including fatty liver, acquired diabetes, … Continue reading “Over three thousand Icelandic children declared obese”

Arctic Prime Fisheries warned by Greenlandic authorities about violating fishing license

According to Sermitsiaq, the Greenlandic fishery, Arctic Prime Fisheries, has been warned by the government of Greenland about violating the terms of its fishing license. Regarding the terms in question, Arctic Prime is permitted to first hand over half of its catch to Greenland, yet Iceland has received the first haul of its produce. In … Continue reading “Arctic Prime Fisheries warned by Greenlandic authorities about violating fishing license”

Arctic Prime Fisheries warned by Greenlandic authorities about violating fishing license

According to Sermitsiaq, the Greenlandic fishery, Arctic Prime Fisheries, has been warned by the government of Greenland about violating the terms of its fishing license. Regarding the terms in question, Arctic Prime is permitted to first hand over half of its catch to Greenland, yet Iceland has received the first haul of its produce. In … Continue reading “Arctic Prime Fisheries warned by Greenlandic authorities about violating fishing license”

Arctic Prime Fisheries warned by Greenlandic authorities about violating fishing license

According to Sermitsiaq, the Greenlandic fishery, Arctic Prime Fisheries, has been warned by the government of Greenland about violating the terms of its fishing license. Regarding the terms in question, Arctic Prime is permitted to first hand over half of its catch to Greenland, yet Iceland has received the first haul of its produce. In … Continue reading “Arctic Prime Fisheries warned by Greenlandic authorities about violating fishing license”

10 million ISK invested to train unemployed Icelanders in coaching Esports

As part of a new incentive between the Icelandic Social Affairs Ministry and the Icelandic Esports Association, the government has invested 10 million ISK to offer free training in coaching Esports to Icelanders that are out of work. Ásmundur Einar Daðason, the Minister of Social Affairs and Children, explains, “Create exciting opportunities for unemployed individuals … Continue reading “10 million ISK invested to train unemployed Icelanders in coaching Esports”

Norway becomes biggest electricity exporter in Europe

In the second half of 2020, Norway became the biggest net exporter of electricity in Europe, sending a fifth of its power generation abroad, states Bloomberg. Norway surpassed France to take the number one spot due to a boost in output as a precaution to avoid the country’s dams from bursting due to unusually wet … Continue reading “Norway becomes biggest electricity exporter in Europe”

Icelandic agriculture set to be carbon neutral by 2040

According to a new agreement outlined by the Icelandic Ministry of Industry and Innovation, agriculture in Iceland is set to be fully carbon neutral by 2040.On Thursday 4th February, Iceland’s Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture, Minister of Finance and Economy, and the Minister of Finance and Economy signed an agreement on changes to the previous … Continue reading “Icelandic agriculture set to be carbon neutral by 2040”

CEO Valgeir Magnússon on Expanding PiparTBWA

IceNews sat down with PiparTBWA CEO Valgeir Magnússon to discuss the company’s acquisition of a Norwegian agency in these uncertain times.IceNews:This has been a difficult time for businesses and very few are thinking about expansion. When did the deal go through?Valgeir Magnússon:So, the acquisition actually took place early last year, before the coronavirus epidemic began. … Continue reading “CEO Valgeir Magnússon on Expanding PiparTBWA”

Digital COVID vaccine certificates to be developed in Sweden and Denmark

Nordic neighbors Sweden and Denmark have announced that initial development has begun on digital certificates to prove whether the holder had been vaccinated for COVID-19. According to The Guardian, the two countries have mentioned that the vaccine certificates would be initially designed for traveling abroad but could potentially be used down-the-line as entry to concerts … Continue reading “Digital COVID vaccine certificates to be developed in Sweden and Denmark”

Request made for Disney+ to include Icelandic language

The on-demand streaming service, Disney+, has recently seen pressure from Iceland’s Minister of Education and Culture, Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, to include Icelandic dubbing and subtitles. In a recent letter sent from Alfreðsdóttir to Robert Chapek, the CEO of Walt Disney, a request was made to add Icelandic as an option, claiming that, “Our language is the … Continue reading “Request made for Disney+ to include Icelandic language”

IAA ATPL training program certifies pilots to fly passenger aircraft internationally

Iceland Aviation Academy (IAA) offers the ATPL course airline companies demand when recruiting pilotsObtaining ATPL training is a necessary step in becoming a successful pilot of passenger aircraft and IAA offers an exciting opportunity for certification through its Commercial Pilots Course. The course itself falls in line with European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Part-FCL … Continue reading “IAA ATPL training program certifies pilots to fly passenger aircraft internationally”

Norway fines Grindr $11.7m for illegally sharing user information

The Norwegian Data Protection Authority has fined the dating app Grindr 100 million Norwegian Krone ($11.7m) for illegally sharing personal information with advertisers, a recent investigation has revealed.Due to the highly personal nature of the information shared, which included details on user location, sexual orientation, and mental health, the fine was notably high, roughly 10% … Continue reading “Norway fines Grindr $11.7m for illegally sharing user information”

Car of Reykjavík mayor damaged by gunfire

The car of Reykjavík mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson was recently damaged due to gunfire, with local Police investigating whether the incident is in connection with an attack on the offices of the mayor’s political party, the Social Democratic Alliance, earlier this year. Eggertsson told the Icelandic Broadcaster, RÚV, hat he refused to believe that the … Continue reading “Car of Reykjavík mayor damaged by gunfire”

Reindeer bridges to be built over roads and rails in Sweden

Up to a dozen bridges are set to be built in the north of Sweden, allowing for the safe travel of reindeers searching further afield for food due to the effects of global warming. The bridges, named ‘renoducts’, will cross railway lines and major roads in Norrbotten and Västerbotten, with construction set later in 2021. … Continue reading “Reindeer bridges to be built over roads and rails in Sweden”

Turning point in Iceland-Greenland relations emerge with new report

Several propositions to strengthen relations between Iceland and Greenland have emerged as part of a new report officially handed in by the former Icelandic Minister of Foreign Affairs, Össur Skarphéðinsson. The report, “Iceland and Greenland’s cooperation in the new Arctic”, is seen as a turning point on strengthening the communication between the two countries. “It’s … Continue reading “Turning point in Iceland-Greenland relations emerge with new report”

Icelandic man becomes first in world to receive double arm and shoulder transplant

Icelander Guðmundur Felix Grétarsson became the first patient in the world to receive a double-arm-and-shoulder transplant, undergoing the groundbreaking surgery in Lyon, France. The operation, which took place in mid-January, lasted a whopping 14-hours and was comprised of four surgical teams to minimize the transition time between the donor and Grétarsson, stated The Guardian. According … Continue reading “Icelandic man becomes first in world to receive double arm and shoulder transplant”

Retired Norwegian ferry to be recycled as part of sustainable Superdock project in Bergen

Parts of a retired ferry that served as a go-between Askøy and Bergen in Norway are set to be recycled and take new life as part of a new sustainable Superdock project set out by Nordic Circles. The ferry known as MF Melderskin was recently scrapped at the industrial area, Hanøytangen, on the Norwegian island … Continue reading “Retired Norwegian ferry to be recycled as part of sustainable Superdock project in Bergen”

Norwegian wind farm hit with lawsuit filed by indigenous reindeer herders

The Norwegian wind farm, Øyfjellet, has recently seen a lawsuit filed by the Sámi herders of Nordland county, due to the apparent breaking of an agreement that stimulated its construction not interfere with reindeer migration paths. According to The Guardian, Sámi communities have taken multiple legal actions against Norway’s largest onshore wind farm over the … Continue reading “Norwegian wind farm hit with lawsuit filed by indigenous reindeer herders”

Iceland set to be home for testing of new Mars exploration drones

Holuhraun, the lava field in the Central Highlands of Iceland, is set to be the test site for RAVEN, a USD 3.1 million project funded by NASA, labeled as a next-generation Mars exploration concept. According to SpaceRef, RAVEN is a new concept combining rovers and unmanned drones to explore previously inaccessible regions of Mars. Christopher … Continue reading “Iceland set to be home for testing of new Mars exploration drones”

Music streamed 1.2 billion times in Iceland during 2020

According to RUV, Icelanders streamed music 1.2 billion times during 2020, as shown from data provided by the Icelandic Association of Record Publishing Companies. Spotify was noted as the dominating streaming service, with Icelanders streaming on the platform 1.1 billion times. Icelandic music made up to 18 percent of the total, with popular artists Bríet, … Continue reading “Music streamed 1.2 billion times in Iceland during 2020”

Carbon tax to triple in Norway due to new climate procedures

Norway’s carbon tax is set to triple as part of a new set of procedures put forth by the Norwegian government to achieve the country’s climate objectives. It has been announced that Norway aims to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by 50-55 percent by 2030. Then, aiming towards a reduction of 90-95 percent by … Continue reading “Carbon tax to triple in Norway due to new climate procedures”

Did Alaska Really Deliver Presidential Votes By Dogsleds?

In the days and weeks after the November USA Presidential 2020 election – which now feels like a century ago – Alaska was lampooned for taking eons to count its votes. On NBC news talk show Meet the Press, prior to the election, political analyst Jessica Taylor suggested that it could take a while for the … Continue reading “Did Alaska Really Deliver Presidential Votes By Dogsleds?”

Denmark Debuts Animated Series About Man with Giant Penis

New Danish animated kid’s TV show, John Dillermand, has caused a stir with its protagonist’s unique attribute, a giant penis. Danish public broadcaster, DR, debuted the show, which is aimed at four- to eight-year-olds, about John Dillermand, a man with the world’s longest penis who overcomes hardships and challenges with his record-breaking genitals, states The … Continue reading “Denmark Debuts Animated Series About Man with Giant Penis”

The Engine Among the Ten Best Digital Marketing Agencies in Europe

Digital advertising agency The Engine, a subsidiary of the advertising agency PiparTBWA, has been named one of the ten best digital marketing agencies in Europe in 2020 by marketing magazine MarTech Outlook. This is the second year in a row for the list.“This is great recognition for us and the international marketing work we do … Continue reading “The Engine Among the Ten Best Digital Marketing Agencies in Europe”