iceland Archive

The astounding story of Iceland's constitution – and its government's failure

In 2012, more than two-thirds of Iceland’s population ratified the most democratically crafted constitution in world history, written in public and drafted by a representative committee of 1,000 Icelanders; now in a stirring video in the leadup to the next national election, Icelanders are calling on one another to only vote for candidates who’ll take action on the constitution the nation voted for. (Thanks, …

Why the Pirate Party could end up running Iceland

With the Icelandic Pirates crushing it in the polls and set to form the next government of a sovereign, carbon-neutral, strategically located nation, it’s worth asking how a party whose two issues — internet freedom and copyright reform — are wonky, minority interests rose to prominence. The answer is a combination of the contemptuous, naked corruption of the Icelandic establishment — the …

Iceland's powerful Elf Lobby wins fight to unearth Elfin Lady Stone buried by construction workers

Bowing to intense pressure from elves and the people who believe in them, the government of Iceland will unearth a purportedly magical “Elfin Lady Stone” buried by highway workers by mistake. The inadvertent burial of their sacred site seriously pissed off the mythical creatures, according to reports. Angry Icelandic elves incensed by the offensive construction site error are blamed of causing a series of …

Letter sent to Iceland farm with hand-drawn map instead of address gets there anyway

A tourist who visited Iceland couldn’t figure out what address to use to send a letter to someone, so they drew a map. Their letter was mailed to a farm in Hvammsveit, West Iceland, with a cute little drawing instead of an address, and the intended recipient still got it. According to a local newspaper account, “this just proves anything is possible …