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2005 March 31:
Mannanafnanefnd – Icelandic Name Committee approved the new names allowed in Iceland. To the list of icelandic names, following names will be added: Tímoteus, Andrá, Matti, Estefan, Dæja, Gloriá i Sólkatla. Name Committee refused: Anndrá. Hávarr, Blær as a female names and Tímótheus as a male name.


2005 March 30:
Ice floated from the North, reached the coast of Iceland last month and made huge problems in West Fiords is starting to recede from the land. Small number of icebergs is possible to meet on the northern part of the sea. Ships can sail near Horn but it’s important to keep caution because of collision danger with icebergs.


2005 March 29:
Citizens of the eight newest countries to join the European Union (Slovenia, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic and Hungary) will be able to come to Iceland and work without any special work permition, beginning on May the 1st, 2006. Árni Magnússon - minister of social affairs (Félagsmálaráðuneytið) said that there is a labour shortage in Iceland and there are people in other countries who want to come here to work.


2005 March 28:
Akureyri and Ísafjörður are the most popular destinations for Easter holidays. Those are the informations from the domestic airlines Flugfélag Íslands. Most of Icelanders are going there to ski. There is every year “Ski Week” and also very popular music festival “I’ve never been on South” - Aldrei fór ég suður in Ísafjörður. In the area of Akureyri, Dalvík and Siglufjörður there is little snow but the chairlifts will be open but in parts of Bláfjöll mountain there is so little snow that the chairlifts will be closed.


2005 March 27:
Tourist visited the Vatnsnes peninsula will have got extra attraction. In Hvammstangi will be build a seal center. There are many seals populations in this area and local authorites decided that seal, being the natural riches, will be great tourist attraction. Tourists will be able to observe seals in their natural environment and see the seal museum. The road 711 which circles the Vatnsnes peninsula will have a new name – The Pear Track (Perluslóð).


2005 March 26:
It’s possible that drifting ice from north, which arrived to Iceland, brought some... mines! They were founded on the Langanes coast by police officers from Þórshöfn. Mines are propably from the second world war and are very dangerous. They were distroyed by the Icelandic Coast Guard bomb squad.


2005 March 25:
The Central Bank (Seðlabanki Íslands) raised the policy interest rate to 9%. Prime minister Halldor Ásgrimsson said that he is very unsatisfied by that decision because he is afraid that it may increase more the value of icelandic krona and that can be dangerous for the export industry.


2005 March 24:
Arrival of the first Golden Plover (Pluvialis apricaria) is in the icelandic tradition the sign of the beginning of a spring. In the Seltjarnarnes area the british ornitologist discovered the first golden plover. Icelandic Institute of Natural History (Náttúrufræðistofnun Íslands) informed that in most cases golden plover had arrived Iceland between 24 – 31 march but this year they arrived earlier propably because warmer climat last days.


2005 March 23:
Iceland is on the second place of the countries where is highest use of the new technologis. From the special report of the World Economic Forum appears that on the first place is Singapur, 3th is Finland and after that Denmark and USA.


2005 March 22:
Icelandic parlament Alþingi decided to give the former chess master icelandic citizenship. 40 members of Alþingi voted to grant Fischer citizenship and 21 of them didn’t came for voting.


2005 March 22:
A new tunnel called Héðinsfjarðargöng is going to be build from Siglufjörður to Ólafsfjörður. It's going to be raedy in the year 2009. Minister of transport Sturla Böðvarsson said that cost of the new tunnel is about 7 bilions ISK. Runólfur Birgisson, mayor of Siglufjörður, said that citizens of this region are very happy because that idea.


2005 March 21:
Icelanders used more energy than in the past 20 years. An average Icelander used 29500 kWh every year. The total use for Iceland in 2004 was 8619GWh of energy.


2005 March 20:
Gudfinna Einarsdóttir is now the oldest Icelander on record. She reached the age of 108 years and 46 days, surpassing the previous record set by Halldóra Bjarnadóttir, who lived to be 108 years and 45 days. The oldest Icelander has an active memory, she is remarkably alert and mobile. She said to journalist that she was always a "calm person". Iceland has one of the highest life expectancies in the world.


2005 March 19:
A new business magazine will be published weekly in Iceland. Editors announced that they want to be a competition to those magazines which allready exist on the icelandic market. Company 365-prentmiðlar is the editor of new weekly and it's also editor of the Fréttablaðið and DV. Only 5 person will be working in editorial office.


2005 March 18:
Úrval -Útsýn travel agency is offering one week journey to China, with extra promotion. The flight on the plane Air Atlanta airlines will be with the president Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson on board. President will be going to the official meeting to China in may.


2005 March 17:
US dollar droped to the lowest price from the 1992. Now 1 USD is worth just 59 ISK. Value of american dollar is falling on the international markets but also the icelandic krona is strenghten from some time.


2005 March 16:
Iceland Express bought stocks of Sterling Airlines - the biggest and cheap scandinavian airlines company. It's going to be a huge competition for Icelandair - first airlines in Iceland. Contract is worth 4300 milion ISK. Sterling Airlines has served 1,8 milion of passengers last year and Icelandair - 1,3 milion.


2005 March 15:
The ice floating from the North reached the northern and even eastern coasts of Iceland. Huge icebergs closed etrances to many harbours. Sailing on the sea is now very dangerous. Grímsey island is cut off from the outside world.


2005 March 14:
According the latest Gallup's survey "IDOL" is the most popular tv program in Iceland. The winner of this long competition and the great star on the island in the 2005 is Hildur Vala Einarsdóttir. The final competition and voting took place in Smáralind last weekend.


2005 March 13:
Icelandic businessman Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson is the first Icelander on the Forbes list 2005 of the reachest people in the world. Björgólfsson is for example the owner of the icelandic Landsbanki and also pharmaceutical company Actavis. Björgólfur Thor Björgólfsson fortune is estimated for 1,4 bilion USD.


2005 March 12:
Icelandic Coast Guard has signed a contract with the Polish Sea Shipyards from ¦winouj¶cie. Two ships will be renovated and modernised - Ægir in the summer 2005 and Týr in the summer 2006.


2005 March 11:
Siv Friðleifsdóttir from the Progresve Party (Framsóknarflokkurinn) is satisfied from the results of the Gallup's survey about smoking ban. 61,1% of Icelanders in the age from 18 to 68 suport the idea of smoking ban in the pubs, restaurants and cafes. 86% from those people said that they would go often to such a places if the smoking ban would be set.


2005 March 10:
Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson said that he can't understand how it is possible to sell milk for only one ISK per litre. Chain stores Bónus and Krónan are in a "price war" at this time. Many products are the cheapest in the whole Iceland history. Halldór Ásgrímsson also claims that consumers will have to pay for those extra occasions in the future because store owners, who spends millions of ISK now, will have to earn after the "price war".


2005 March 09:
Town council of Heimey wants to organise a special meeting on the Sursey island about theirs idea to allow tourists to visit the island. Sursey was create after the subwater eruption in 1964. Today only scientist can entry and cross the island.


2005 March 08:
The new ski lift has been opened on Bláfjöll mountains last weekend. It's name is "The King" and it contains 44 four seat chairs and 4 cabins. In the first run of the lift were prominent passangers: the President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson and the Major of Reykjavík Steinunn Valdís Óskarsdóttir.


2005 March 07:
2213 childrens had to be taken to the Reykjavík's Children Hospital admissions from the beginning of the 2005. It's about 20% more than last year. It's caused by the influenza virus type RS contraction, which occured many times in last weeks.


2005 March 06:
Icelandic music band Sigur Rós is singing in icelandic the song "Starálfur" in the new Wes Anderson's movie "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou". Wes Andreson is fameous for the movies like "The Royal Tenenbaums" or "Rushmore". In his new movie cast: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchet, Anjelica Huston and Willem Dafoe.


2005 March 05:
Hákon Eydal, Sri Rahmawati killer, has been convicted for the heaviest punishment, allowed by icelandic law - 16 years in prison. He will also have to pay 22 milions ISK for the vitim's childrens. Eydal claims that he doesn't remember the moment of killing. He was the first suspected by the icelandic police after Sri missing in july 2004. The psychiatrist found that Eydal is conscious of his doing.


2005 March 04:
Support for the Progresive Party has dropped to 10%. Support to the Independence Party rises to the 37% and for the socialdemocratic party Alliance is now 32,5%. There is no any support change to the Left Green Movement and still fluctuate about the 16%.


2005 March 03:
Icelandic government has offered to deliver 500 tons of weapons and amunitions to Iraq. Foreign Minister, Davið Oddson informed about this decision Alþingi members during the parlamentary discusion about Iceland's support for the new security officers in Iraq. The costs of the transport may amount about 40 milions ISK. The governemnt decisions has been criticized by the members of the Left Green Movement.


2005 March 02:
Icelandic Coast Guard team made the reconaissance flight around the north coast of Iceland. They searched how close the ice edge is from land. They found that the ice is the nearest to coast in 34 miles distance to the north - west from Straumnes village and 56 miles to the north - north west from Bjargtangar.


2005 March 01:
NATO commission visited the Icelandic Coast Guard engineer squad (Sprengjudeild) yestarday. NATO officials met with the specialists working in Sprengjudeild and familiarized with their work in Iceland and Iraq, where some of them serve in the UN forces.





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