Football, fire and ice: the inside story of Iceland’s remarkable rise | Barney Ronay

Iceland travel Euro 2016 as the smallest nation ever to reach a major tournament not bad going for a lump of volcanic stone halfway to the Arctic with a population the size of Lewisham. This is the tale of their stunning journey In 2009 a group of young Icelandic football coaches travelled to England to […]

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Iceland’s Pirate party invited to form government

Anti-establishment group receives mandate for power-sharing pact after talks to build five-party coalition fail Icelands president has invited the anti-establishment Pirate party to form a government, after the right- and leftwing parties failed in their bids. Guni Jhannesson made the announcement on Friday after meeting with the head of the Pirates parliamentary group, Birgitta Jnsdttir. […]

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Translating Agatha Christie into Icelandic: ‘One clue took 10 years’

Ragnar Jnasson explains how rendering the great English thriller writer into his own speech taught him how to write fiction himself I was 17 when I started working on my first Icelandic translation of an Agatha Christie novel. I had been reading her books for years and had already translated a few of her short […]

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Iceland schemes Airbnb regulations amid tourism explosion

Move to tax people who rent out properties through website as officials and residents express concerns over guest impact Iceland is poised to curb an Airbnb detonation as it tries to balance record tourist numbers with the protection of its spectacular unspoilt scenery and traditional lifestyle. Proposed legislation, which could become law the coming week, […]

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