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Alda Sigmundsdottir
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Alda Sigmundsdottir is a writer, journalist and translator. Born in Iceland, she lived in Canada, Cyprus and Germany before moving back to Iceland as an adult. As the Associated Press correspondent she has written a number of articles about her country's political and economic crisis. She also writes regularly for The Guardian's Comment is Free. Alda is the author of two eBooks: Living Inside the Meltdown, the first book to address the experiences of normal people during Iceland's economic collapse, and The Little Book of the Icelanders, on the quirks and foibles of the Icelandic people.

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The Most Interesting Part of Human Experience

(1) Comments | Posted December 6, 2012 | 2:22 PM

Recently, while listening to "The Moth" (one of my absolute favourite podcasts), I heard the storyteller say this: The emotional dimension is the least interesting part of the human experience. 

I had to go back and listen again to make sure I had heard correctly, because this just boggles...

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The Magic of Iceland's Golden Circle

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 2:27 PM

Summer in Iceland is a very special time -- in the season of the midnight sun, the light is both ethereal and intense, and touring the country is an absolute adventure. Those of us who live in Iceland sometimes need to be reminded that people come from far and wide...

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Iceland's "Penis Mall" Put Up for Sale

(2) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 5:30 PM

One of Iceland's best-known landmarks, the shopping mall commonly referred to in English as "Penis Mall" on account of its rather, um, unorthdox shape, is being put up for sale in the coming weeks.


The shopping mall, more prudently known as "Smáralind",...

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WikiLeaks Teams Up With Icelandic MPs To Create a Press Haven

(3) Comments | Posted February 16, 2010 | 10:33 AM

In November 2009 I attended a meeting in Reykjavík with Julian Assange and Daniel Schmitt from the WikiLeaks project. The meeting was organized by a collective called the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, and under discussion was a proposed parliamentary resolution that would make Iceland into a...

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Tired of Waiting, Icelanders Gather to Create a Roadmap for the Future

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2009 | 3:02 PM

A unique and highly ambitious social experiment is set to take place here in Iceland on Saturday, November 14.

On that day, around 1,500 Icelanders will gather in a sports arena in Reykjavík to brainstorm and plan a future vision for our country, and subsequently lay the foundation for the...

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When Taking the Bus Is for Losers

(2) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 10:22 AM

Time: 11 pm. Place: My house in Reykjavik, Iceland. Who: Daughter (18) and Myself.

Daughter: Do you need the car tomorrow?

Me: Yes. Why?

D: I don't know if I can get a ride home after school.*

M: Why don't you take the bus?

D: I don't take the bus.

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Eva Joly on Iceland's Devastating Plight

(7) Comments | Posted August 11, 2009 | 11:50 AM

Last week, Eva Joly, the Norwegian-French magistrate renowned for her fight against corruption, wrote an article slamming British PM Gordon Brown, the International Monetary Fund and the European Union for their harsh treatment of Iceland in the wake of its economic collapse.

Eva Joly gained global recognition when she...

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Is Russia Iceland's New Best Friend?

(3) Comments | Posted July 20, 2009 | 4:16 PM

Last week, in a highly controversial move, Iceland's parliament voted by a narrow margin to begin accession talks with the European Union. In the flurry of activity and debate surrounding the vote, one piece of news slipped virtually unnoticed past the general Icelandic populace: that of Russia having agreed to...

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Fury in Iceland as Disgraced Banking Moguls Request Loan Write-off

(1) Comments | Posted July 15, 2009 | 5:10 PM

The Icelandic nation reeled with indignation and fury last week when news broke that two of its disgraced banking moguls had requested that about half of an ISK 6 billion [USD 47 million] loan be written off by now-nationalized bank Kaupthing.

The moguls in question are father-son team Bjorgolfur...

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