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Written by Iceland Review   
Friday, 30 March 2012 17:00

Štefan Füle, the European Commissioner for Enlargement, said at a press conference in Brussels yesterday that he hopes that all chapters of Iceland’s accession negotiation with the European Union can be opened by the end of this year.

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The European Central Bank. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The fourth Iceland-EU summit takes place today, during which four negotiation chapters will open: on energy, competition on the market, foreign affairs, safety and defense issues, and consumer and public health protection, Fréttablaðið reports.

Talks on the last two have already been concluded, given...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 21:58
 
No Referendum Alongside Presidential Election PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 March 2012 14:00

A parliamentary resolution on voting on new articles in the Icelandic constitution in a national referendum alongside the presidential election this year was not passed before the midnight deadline yesterday.

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Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

According to law, three months must pass from when a decision is made on having a national referendum and until it takes place, ruv.is reports. The presidential election is scheduled on June 30.

Many MPs expressed their anger at fellow MPs during parliamentary debates last night.

Helgi Hjörvar of the Social Democrats gave the last...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 21:55
 
The Blue Nail Premiers in Harpa PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 March 2012 11:00

The Harpa concert hall and conference center started a new chapter in its performance history last Tuesday night with its very first film premier.

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Inside Harpa. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The film premiered was a documentary about a cancer patient battling prostate cancer. Blái Naglinn or “The Blue Nail”, tells the story of Jóhannes V. Nordal.

The evening started with a symbolic performance of a choir of 220 choir members from several local choirs featuring the internationally acclaimed Icelandic performer Garðar Cortes accompanied by the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 21:54
 
Icelandic President Talks Climate Change in the US PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 30 March 2012 03:00

President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson visited Boston universities Tufts Fletcher School, Harvard and MIT where he met with scientists and experts to discuss environmental affairs, including climate change and the melting of ice in the polar regions.

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President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

At Harvard, Ólafur Ragnar met with James G. Anderson, Principal Investigator at the university’s Anderson Research Group, a team focused on research of “global scale issues at the intersection of climate and energy”, with whom he discussed his research on the Greenland glac...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 21:53
 
Snorri Helgason Performs in Post Poland Tour Concert PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 19:30

Icelandic musician Snorri Helgason and his band, who recently returned from a successful tour in Poland, will perform in a concert along with the band Low Roar at Faktorý in Reykjavík tonight.

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Snorri Helgason in Poland.

According to Morgunblaðið, Snorri received a warm welcome in Poland where tickets to his gigs regularly sold out.

Last year, Snorri released his sophomore album, Winter Sun. In making the album he enjoyed the assistance of a number of other Icelandic musicians in Reykjavík...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 21:52
 
Third Reykjavík Fashion Festival Starts Today PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 14:45

The third annual Reykjavík Fashion Festival RFF starts today March 29. Eleven Icelandic designers will show their AW12 (Autumn/Winter 2012) collection from Thursday March 29 to Sunday April 1.

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The main events of RFF will take place in the concert and conference center Harpa. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

The program starts with a fashion show from 2nd year students at the Iceland Academy of the Arts, followed by a fashion night out in downtown Reykjavík.

Day two will start at 4 pm with opening cocktails followed by runway shows from Mundi, Kalda, Hildur Yeoman, Kron by KronKron, Ýr and Kormákur...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 21:44
 
Early spring confusing plants in east Iceland PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 29 March 2012 12:33

Early spring confusing plants in east Iceland The plant life in east Iceland is unusually green for the early time of year. Forest rangers can barely remember a greener March and say they worry a cold snap could cause great damage. Last May, for example, saw a sharp cold snap.

Iceland has been rather warm recently; and especially the east of the country. The average temperature in Egilsstaðir was more than four degrees higher than usual in February and was the warmest February
since the town started keeping records 57 years ago.

March has also been uncommonly warm and it is affecting the plants. Þröstur Eysteinsson, the national forestry...

Last Updated on Friday, 30 March 2012 21:31
 
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