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Icelandic language fighting tsunami of English

Reykjav - Two centuries ago experts predicted that Icelandic would be a dead language by now. But the doomsayers can eat their words: Icelandic is alive and kicking despite an onslaught of English brought on by modern technology.

10 years ago, Iceland's massive financial crisis erupted

Reykjav - Banks in ruins, a currency in free fall and the IMF called to the rescue: A decade ago Iceland's worst financial crisis erupted, a traumatic experience the nation still struggles to forget.

'Our mortgage doubled': The Iceland families bearing cost of crash

Reykjav - It's been 10 years since Iceland's economy crashed, but Asthildur Thorsdottir and her husband Hafthor Olafsson are still struggling with crippling debt and an uphill legal battle to save their family home.

Icelandic wildlife group calls for hybrid whale killing probe

Reykjav - Icelandic conservationists have asked prosecutors to probe whether the killing of a rare hybrid whale was illegal, a lawyer said on Thursday.

Minke whale hunting ends in Iceland

Reykjav - The controversial hunt for minke whales in Iceland has come to end after declining profits led to the local industry closing, the International Fund for Animal Welfare said on Friday.

600 bitcoin computers nabbed in Iceland heists

Reykjav - Around 600 computers used to mine bitcoin were stolen in Iceland in a series of large-scale heists in December and January, police said Wednesday.

Thieves stole over 600 Bitcoin miners from Icelandic datacentre

Police in Iceland have arrested 11 people in connection with the theft of Bitcoin mining equipment worth almost $2m. The suspects allegedly stole hundreds of computers during four datacentre raids. The incident has been dubbed the "Big Bitcoin Heist."

Iceland bid to ban circumcision riles religious groups

Reykjav - A proposed ban in Iceland on male circumcision, in defence of the rights of babies and young boys, has sparked anger among leaders of the world's three major religions.

Bitcoin mining boom in Iceland uses huge amounts of power

Iceland is experiencing a boom in bitcoin mining a boom for the economy but also a huge drain on power resources in the country.

Bitcoin is recovering but some signs are bearish

On Saturday bitcoin managed to claw back up to a six-day high of $9,070.64 before falling back below $8,000 but climbed back up over $8,700 on Sunday.

Johann Johannsson, composer of haunting film scores, dead at 48

New York - Johann Johannsson, the award-winning Icelandic composer whose haunting yet minimalist scores instilled depth in films full of abstraction, has died, his manager announced Saturday. He was 48.

Iceland puts onus on companies to pay gender equal wages

Reykjav - In a world first, Iceland has introduced a new law requiring employers to prove they are paying men and women the same wage for doing the same work, or face fines.

Poll found 0% of Icelanders under 25 believe Bible creation story

Reykjav - A new poll suggests that Iceland is becoming more secular. Religious belief among young people in particular appears on the decline as the poll found zero percent of Icelanders under 25 believed in the Biblical account of creation.

Katrin Jakobsdottir: Iceland's new 'trustworthy' prime minister

Reykjav - Katrin Jakobsdottir has become Iceland's second woman prime minister after winning popularity thanks to a humble and sincere image, but she must now lead a tricky grand coalition in a splintered political landscape.

Iceland forms 'unusual' left-right coalition after election

Reykjav - Iceland on Thursday formed a "highly unusual" left-right coalition a month after a general election, in a bid to stabilise politics in the nation which has seen rising distrust of a scandal-ridden elite.

Iceland's leftist parties fail to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's leftist parties have failed to form a coalition government, the leader of the Left-Green party leader said Monday, after a snap election in late October left no party close to a majority.

Katrin Jakobsdottir: Iceland's 'trustworthy' politician

Reykjav - Iceland's Katrin Jakobsdottir, a left-winger and former journalist, won popularity thanks to a humble and sincere image, but must now navigate a splintered political landscape as she tries to form a government.

Iceland president tasks Left-Green leader with forming government

Reykjav - Iceland's president on Thursday tasked Left-Green Movement leader Katrin Jakobsdottir with forming a government after her party's strong showing in a snap general election last week.

Iceland's president in talks with party leaders on new coalition

Reykjav - Iceland's president launched talks Monday to determine who could form the next government after an inconclusive general election in which a record eight political parties won seats.

Iceland's president in talks with party leaders on new coalition

Reykjav - Iceland's president launched talks on Monday to determine who could form the next government after an inconclusive general election in which a record eight political parties won seats.

Iceland's PM Benediktsson: scandal-hit survivor

Reykjav - Icelandic Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson, 47, is a wealthy businessman who survived a series of scandals to return to top the vote in this weekend's election.

Iceland's scandal-hit PM wins snap election, hopes to form government

Reykjav - Iceland's conservative prime minister came out on top in a snap election despite a string of scandals, final results confirmed Sunday, but it remained unclear whether he will be able to form a viable coalition.

Key dates in Iceland since 2008 economic collapse

Reykjav - Iceland saw its economy collapse in the 2008 global financial crisis when its inflated financial system imploded, plunging the country into a deep recession.The country's three main banks failed and the government urgently nationalised them.

Five things to know about Iceland

Reykjav - From its unique history to its passion for chess, books and football, here are five things to know about Iceland, which votes in legislative elections on Saturday: - Crime -Contrary to the dark goings-on in Nordic noir literature, Iceland is a tranquil...

Far from harpoons, whales star in Iceland ecotourism boom

- Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene.

Five things to know about Iceland

Reykjav - From its unique history to its passion for chess, books and football, here are five things to know about Iceland, which votes in legislative elections on Saturday: - Crime -Contrary to the dark goings-on in Nordic noir literature, Iceland is a tranquil...

Iceland's unusual law that lets murderers become judges

Reykjav - A tool for rehabilitating criminals or simply a way of granting special favours? In Iceland, a law that allows a murderer to become a lawyer or a paedophile a judge recently led to the government's downfall.

Iceland votes for second time in turbulent year as economy booms

Reykjav - Iceland on Saturday holds its second snap election in just a year after a slew of scandals ensnaring its politicians in a nation whose economy is thriving thanks to tourism.

Iceland PM sold assets before 2008 crisis: reports

Reykjav - Iceland's Prime Minister Bjarni Benediktsson allegedly sold almost all of his assets in a major bank just before the government nationalised it during the nation's 2008 financial collapse, according to several media reports on Friday.

Iceland sets October 28 election date after coalition collapses

Reykjav - Iceland's president agreed on Monday to dissolve parliament and set new legislative elections for October 28 after the collapse of the country's centre-right government.
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Bardarbunga volcano in Iceland with surrounding lava flows, the biggest in the world.
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Fin whale arching for a deep dive, showing characteristic backswept dorsal fin.
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The Aldin Biodome in Iceland is just obe of three "embracing the environment" projects we will visit.
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Ash cloud emerging form Eyjafjallajoekull volcano
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The Reykjanes Volcano is a large volcano covering the Reykjanes Peninsula in Iceland
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Kristinn Hrafnsson, WikiLeaks spokesman in Iceland.
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The Krafla Magma Testbed project will attempt to use magma for geothermal energy production.
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The Hvalur fleet in Reykjavik, Iceland. The first fin whale was killed by Hvalur 8.
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Iceland's outgoing parliament
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Eathquakes recorded near Bardarbunga in Iceland up to 6 a.m. local time Aug. 21, 2014.
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The Icelandic flag.
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Court house in Reykjavik, Iceland
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A volcanic eruption at Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull
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Iceland may have looked much like it does today when the Viking first started their settlements.
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The little ice age may have impacted on Vikings living in Iceland.
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