Iceland’s interest in Norway fuels new party

Encouraged by what he called “overwhelming response” to his half-joking proposal for Iceland to become part of Norway, initiative taker Gunnar Smári Egilsson is forming a new political party in the small country. The party will work towards getting Iceland to give up its sovereignty and become a Norwegian county. Egilsson told Oslo newspaper Dagsavisen that he […]

Some Icelanders look to Norway

A proposal by a former Icelandic journalist that his country should become part of Norway was mostly meant as a joke on social media, but he was surprised when more than 2,000 fellow citizens took him seriously. With the country still facing severe economic problems, they’ve latched on to the idea of becoming a new […]

Iceland nightmare dents Brazil dream

Iceland recorded their first win over the Norwegian national football team (landslaget) in 25 years with a 2-0 home victory on Friday, giving Norway a nightmare start to their own qualifying campaign for the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Goals from Kari Arnason and Alfred Finnbogason gave the Icelanders their first victory against Norway – […]

Carew saves Norway to beat Iceland

The Norwegian national football team (landslaget) left it until the 88th minute to beat Iceland in their crucial European Championships qualifying match in Oslo on Friday night – with the arrival of veteran striker John Carew late in the game inspiring the team to a precious if unimpressive 1-0 win. As the game seemed to […]

Norway backs more aid to Iceland

Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre wasn’t happy to hear Iceland’s president criticize Norway and other Nordic neighbors, for allegedly failing to provide the financially strapped country with more support. Støre says Norway is ready to help Iceland, and denies Norway is blocking an IMF aid program. Støre claimed this week that Norway is willing to […]

New EU debate brewing in ‘No-way’

NEWS ANALYSIS Iceland’s moves towards joining the European Union (EU) are forcing Norwegians to confront their own internal quarrels over EU membership. For years, the issue of EU membership has been firmly suppressed by two coalition governments split over the issue themselves. With national elections looming in September, voters on both sides of the issue […]

Norway tries to discourage Iceland from joining EU

Norwegian politicians from two of the government coalition’s parties were sending a delegation to Reykjavik this weekend, in a bid to dissuade their Icelandic counterparts from joining the European Union (EU). Iceland is one of Norway’s few partners outside the EU. Now some of Norway’s leading EU opponents are afraid the Iceland’s economic crisis will […]