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Ahead of tonight’s football friendly with Iceland at the Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua

When Iceland beat England in the last 16 of Euro 2016, it marked one of the most famous days in its footballing history – and one doctor has spotted a clue as to how the country might have celebrated.

Asgeir Petur Thorvaldsson, a doctor in the anaesthesiology department at Landspitali University Hospital, Reykjavik, tweeted that his maternity ward had administered unprecedented levels of pain relief over the weekend – coincidentally nine months exactly since Iceland’s 2-1 victory over England.

Roughly translated, Mr Thorvaldsson said: “Set a record for the number of epidurals in the maternity duty this weekend.”

Iceland’s most glorious moment was the defeat of England in the first knockout round, while their fans provided one of the signature sounds of the tournament – the “Thunderclap” celebration.

In fairness.

Baby boom in Iceland hospital nine months to the day since win over England at Euro 2016 (Telegraph)



Frank O Dea writes:

Spotted this for sale in a supermarket in Reykjavik, Iceland last week. Anyone planning a visit there in late January to mid February might (or might not) like to check out the Viking Midwinter Feast where lots of the locals take to eating lambs head jelly, singed sheep’s head, fermented shark, rams testicles and other such things. Yuk!

Thousands of Icelanders rally in Reykjavik on April 9, 2016 to demand immediate elections on a sixth consecutive day of anti-government protests over the "Panama Papers" revelations which have already toppled the prime minister. / AFP / HALLDOR KOLBEINS (Photo credit should read HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Valhalla, they are coming.

Ahead of the General Election in Iceland tomorrow [results Saturday night], a look at The Pirate Party, a collection of internet activists from both left and right that may help form a new government in the land of the midnight sun.

Couldn’t happen here.


Pirate party prepares for first major win in Iceland elections (New Scientist)


Icelandic airline WOWair is to run from Cork Airport, effective from May of next year, led by a Cork-Reykjavik service at €60 each way.

Sez the blurb:

Iceland’s low-cost airline will operate flights to Iceland, the US and Canada from May 2017.
The new service will operate direct scheduled flights to Reykjavik from Cork Airport four times per week and will allow passengers to connect to major US and Canadian cities including New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington DC , Montreal and Toronto.

Good times.

Cork Airport

Carol B writes:

Iceland women left work on Monday at 2.38pm, 14 per cent early to refeect the country’s  gender pay gap.  If we did this in Ireland (please!) what time would we have to leave work?



Tom Watts, at Expertmarket, writes:

Just getting in touch as I see you have covered the story broken by the NY Times and The Independent about the gender pay gap in Iceland and yesterday’s walk-out by female employees.

I noticed that you wanted to know what time Irish women would walk out of work and as we provided the stats for the original stories in both the NYT and Independent, I thought you might like to include them too, to give your readers a source and provide them with more information…

…The Irish GPG is 14.40%, so women stop getting paid on November 7th and could leave work at 15:51

Our original research can be found, here





Iceland newspaper’s combative Agony Aunt ‘Nanna’ pours scorn on an Irishman’s modest proposal for compensation for taking Ireland’s ‘tall beautiful’ women.


Ask Nanna ( Reykjavík Grapevine)


Valhalla they are coming.

This morning’s edition of Iceland’s Frettabladid front and back pages .


Euro 2016: Roy Hodgson resigns after England lose to Iceland (BBC)



Thanks Donal Moloney

Eiður Guðjohnsen?


Reykjavík, Iceland last night

This just in.

Iceland’s PM asks president to dissolve parliament after allegations he concealed investments in offshore company…

Iceland PM seeks early poll (BBC)

Yesterday: Selective

Pic; Alex Cuadros


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 Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir

The Telegraph reports:

“Ten thousand Icelanders have offered to welcome Syrian refugees into their homes, as part of a Facebook campaign launched by a prominent author after the government said it would take in only a handful.”

“After the Icelandic government announced last month that it would only accept 50 humanitarian refugees from Syria, Bryndis Bjorgvinsdottir encouraged fellow citizens to speak out in favour of those in need of asylum. In the space of 24 hours, 10,000 Icelanders – the country’s population is 300,000 – took to Facebook to offer up their homes and urge their government to do more.”

Fair play, in fairness.

10,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees after author’s call (The Telegraph)

Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir

Pic: Icelandic Academy of Arts