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Wednesday, 11 September 2013 08:45

Princess_Madeleine_of_Sweden Princess Madeleine and Christopher O’Neill have announced that they are expecting their first baby. The couple, who broke the news on the Royal Court’s website, said the child is expected to arrive at the beginning of March next year.

Swedish royal family expert Roger Lundgren described the news as very nice and great for the royal family. He noted that a royal birth is even bigger than a wedding in terms of boosting a royal family, highlighting the impact the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s new arrival had on the UK.

Lundgren explained that it is unlikely the baby will be in the news as much...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:02
Photos: Njáls Saga Comes Alive on Tapestry PDF Print E-mail
Written by Iceland Review   
Saturday, 14 September 2013 10:00

At the Saga Center in Hvolsvöllur, South Iceland, Njáls saga is coming alive on a tapestry called Njálurefillinn (‘The Njála Tapestry’), an embroidered cloth similar to the Bayeux Tapestry. The first stitches were made on February 2, 2013, at the formal launch of the project.

Photos: Helga Möller/Iceland Review.

People are invited to drop by the Saga Center and participate in the project by helping embroider side pictures. Originally expected to take ten years, the project is ahead of schedule. For example, a task that was assumed would take nine months was completed in six. Once finished...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:30
Reykjavík Arts Festival 2014 Announces First Artists PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 14 September 2013 05:30

The Reykjavík Arts Festival has announced its first two acts for 2014: Ragnar Kjartansson and the Magic of Theatre and SAGA – A Cutting-Edge Puppet Show for Adults.

Wakka Wakka Productions. Photo: listahatid.is.

Ragnar will present a new visual performance for the stage, featuring music by Kjartan Sveinsson of Sigur Rós. The piece is being developed in collaboration with the Reykjavík City Theatre and the esteemed Berlin Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, and will have its premiere in Berlin this coming February.

Special guests Wakka Wakka Productions will perform their award-winning puppet...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:29
Iceland up Sixteen Places on FIFA World Ranking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Iceland Review   
Friday, 13 September 2013 07:51

Only Slovenia and Gambia rose higher than Iceland on the latest FIFA World Ranking, published yesterday. Iceland is now number 54, up sixteen places with 599 points. Wales ranks 52nd, Australia 53rd, followed by Iceland, Armenia and Finland. 

Iceland's stars thank the crowd after a 2-1 win against Albania in Reykjavík on Tuesday. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
In the top ten, only Spain’s ranking remains unchanged, the world and European champions have further extended their lead at the top, where they have reigned for two years.
Argentina have ousted Germany out of the second
Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:24
West Fjords Least Visited Region in Iceland PDF Print E-mail
Written by Iceland Review   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 19:05

Last year only 14 percent of the 750,000 foreign tourists who visited Iceland went to the West Fjords, while 94 percent spent some time in the capital.

The West Fjords. Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

The second most visited region was South Iceland with 72 percent of tourists heading south, while 47 percent visited Reykjanes peninsula, the southwestern part of the country, Fréttablaðið reports.

West Iceland was forth on the list with 45 percent of visitors spending time in the region, just three percent more than visited North Iceland.

Next on the list was East Iceland with 32...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:21
Reykjavík Film Festival Announces Guests of Honor PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 September 2013 13:35

The Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) has announced that filmmakers Lukas Moodysson, Laurent Cantet and James Gray will be the guests of honor at this year’s upcoming festival, September 26 to October 6.

Photo: Reykjavík International Film Festival.
Moodysson from Sweden, will screen his latest film, We are the Best, at RIFF which recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Moodysson will also hold a master class and Q&A sessions during the screenings of his films, which also include Container and Fucking Åmål (English: Show me Love).

Cantet from France will also screen his...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:21
Tourism in Iceland at Crossroads PDF Print E-mail
Written by Iceland Review   
Thursday, 12 September 2013 08:36

The Icelandic travel industry may deliver ISK 400 billion (USD 3.3 billion, EUR 2.5 billion) to the community, directly and indirectly, in a decade with the number of annual visits jumping to 1.2-1.5 million, according to a report by Boston Consulting Group (BCG), presented at a conference on the future of tourism in Iceland at Harpa concert and conference center in Reykjavík on Tuesday.

Photo copyright Icelandic Photo Agency.

In order for the industry to prove successful, the administration must be simplified, BCG concluded, and Minister of Industry and Trade Ragnheiður Elín Árnadóttir ann...

Last Updated on Sunday, 15 September 2013 14:17
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