Calm

Today a new Prime Minister takes over, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir (definitely check out the link about her...very cool stuff!)

The Pots and Pans revolution (protestors banged on kitchenware incessantly for days outside the House of Parliament) that took place over the past two weeks was a resounding success in that the sitting two party coalition collapsed under its own weight, making room for a politcal shuffling. Not everyone is happy with the new government (hi Dad!) but the fact that the old *regime* folded so easily must say something about how tenuous the parties' collaboration had become.

Iceland is still in a muddle, and it seems that every day some news of corruption or of ethically unsound business practice is floating to the surface like so much pond scum. The Guardian revealed this week that Iceland may be fast-tracked into the EU which is cool, but a fairly humbling kind of continental triage.

The good news is, though, that Iceland is really inexpensive now, as this LA Times article nicely describes. Pack your bags and we'll see you all soon!

4 comments:

Dark Wolf said...

I was talking the other day with a friend of mine about travel goals and wishes. And I was saying that my great wishes now are Sweden and Iceland :)
Well, it must be destiny because I can see the beautiful Iceland through your blog :D

Lovewine said...

Dark days all over the world. The numbers are out as to how many people lost their jobs in 2008 and early 2009 and the numbers are staggering.

Perhaps Johanna, "the most popular politician in Iceland", can help things along.
Glad to see that the power of the people was able to make a change. Usually the police just beat everybody up until they leave.

Chin up and keep smiling;)

marin_explorer said...

I'm happy to read the transition of power was relatively peaceful, and I hope this signifies a new economic strategy for Iceland (ie less retail-dependency). I agree--business ethics do make a difference and I can only hope my country (USA) will finally set standards for themselves. And I'm sure that Icelanders will find an answer in their own way. Thanks for these stories--I don't hear so much about the social/economic scene from my friends living there.

Iceland Travel Fan said...

I have a lot of faith that Iceland will bounce back from it's "crisis" very strong. The reason is that the people are highly educated but more than that the Icelanders I know anyway are innovative, resourceful and determined.