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  1. August 19, 2014

    London among Europe’s least ‘liveable’ cities, according to index

    London is the world’s hottest city for international home buyers – and yet it has become one of the least appealing places...

  2. August 15, 2014

    Douglas Coupland: Atomised

    Last summer in Reykjavik I learnt that one in 10 Icelanders will write a novel in their lifetime. This is impressive but I...

  1. June 5, 2014

    Viking raider is free to return to the high street

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson was the Viking raider extraordinaire. An Icelander with long, shaggy hair, he snapped up scores of UK...

  2. June 5, 2014

    Icelandic court clears corporate raider

    Iceland’s most high-profile corporate raider and two former bank chief executives have been acquitted in separate cases that...

  3. April 9, 2014

    Ásgeir, Union Chapel, London – review

    British patriots still upset at Icelandic victory in the Cod Wars should steel themselves: the upstart islanders are at it...

  4. December 12, 2013

    Icelandic bank pair jailed for five years

    The former chief executive and chairman of Kaupthing, the failed Icelandic bank, have both been sentenced to at least five...

  5. September 26, 2013

    Iceland’s bank creditors frustrated after lack of dialogue

    Creditors in Iceland’s failed banks are becoming increasingly frustrated at the unwillingness of the government in Reykjavik...

  6. September 1, 2013

    UK banks in compensation deal over Icelandic failures

    British banks are to pay £1.1bn to reimburse savers who lost access to their deposits in Icelandic banks that failed in...

  7. June 9, 2013

    Cnooc teams up with Icelandic group in its play for Arctic oil

    Cnooc has become the first Chinese oil company to make a play for oil in the Arctic after teaming up with an Icelandic...

  8. May 2, 2013

    Iceland’s creditors braced for losses

    The foreign creditors of Iceland’s failed banks are increasingly keen to open negotiations with the winners of the country’s...

  9. February 10, 2013

    Iceland aims to lift capital controls

    Iceland’s legal victory in the Icesave case should make it easier for the Nordic country to get rid of its controversial...

  10. February 8, 2013

    Short cuts: Travel news and inspiration

    Reykjavik Iceland is known for its majestic landscapes and mediocre hotels, at least outside the capital. But last week the...

  11. February 4, 2013

    Iceland: Under the volcano

    Einar Már Gudmundsson tells the story of a telephone call he received that morning. His friend told him about a theft the...

  12. January 28, 2013

    Iceland triumphs in Icesave court battle

    Iceland won a legal battle to avoid being forced to pay back the British and Dutch governments for not honouring deposit...

  13. January 24, 2013

    ‘Viking raider’ plots UK comeback

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson is still plotting his retail comeback in the UK even as the most high-profile of Iceland’s corporate...

  14. January 7, 2013

    Icelandic raider pleads not guilty

    Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson, the Icelandic corporate raider who used to own large parts of the UK high street, has pleaded not...

  15. December 7, 2012

    Chinese mogul’s Iceland bid on the rocks

    Chinese tycoon Huang Nubo’s deal to rent a vast tract of land in Iceland for a tourist resort is close to unravelling,...

  16. August 17, 2012

    Rap and unwrapping

    It often occurs to me, availing myself of the wireless service on offer on so many flights these days, that working from...

  17. July 30, 2012

    A summer holiday with the boss

    Reykjavik airport, early summer 2012. Manuel Großmann waits excitedly for a small twin-propeller plane to arrive and...

  18. July 13, 2012

    A stranger in a strange land

    Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland, by Sarah Moss, Granta, RRP£14.99, 368 pages In 2009, the novelist Sarah Moss took a...

  19. July 6, 2012

    Into the abyss

    “To descend into the interior of a cannon when perhaps it is loaded, and will go off at the least shock, is the act of a...

  20. July 6, 2012

    Iceland recovers from its financial delusions

    How was Reykjavik, then? Very nice, very nice indeed. Whale watching. Hot tubs, geysers, waterfalls and glaciers. All in a...

  21. May 11, 2012

    Short cuts

    Cheshire Starting this weekend, the house and gardens of Tatton Park, a stately home 20 miles south of Manchester, will play...

  22. April 6, 2012

    Icelandic banks’ recovery hopes rising

    Iceland’s banking sector is slowly beginning to emerge from the shadow of the 2008 bank crash that plunged the country’s...

  23. March 29, 2012

    Iceland: Recovery and reconciliation

    A visitor seeking a sense of how Iceland’s clique of powerful financiers saw themselves before their empire came tumbling...

  24. March 15, 2012

    Icelanders disappointed with Haarde trial

    It was supposed to be the cathartic moment of their financial tragedy, but many Icelanders feel that the trial of their...

  25. March 6, 2012

    China tycoon may yet gain Iceland foothold

    Chinese tycoon Huang Nubo may get a fresh chance to buy a vast tract of land in Iceland as local municipalities explore ways...

  26. March 5, 2012

    Iceland’s former PM denies negligence

    Geir Haarde, the former prime minister of Iceland, has denied charges of negligence on the first day of the long-awaited...

  27. February 23, 2012

    Iceland’s Kaupthing probe leads to charges

    The Icelandic probe into the collapse of Kaupthing Bank in 2008 made a big leap forward this week just as the UK’s Serious...

  28. February 22, 2012

    Iceland bank establishes covered bond plan

    Arion, the bank created from the assets of failed Kaupthing, has established a €1bn international covered bond programme,...

  29. February 22, 2012

    Former Kaupthing chiefs indicted

    The former chief executive and chairman of Kaupthing Bank have been formally indicted on charges of fraud and market...

  30. January 6, 2012

    The perfect G & T for Mr T

    Sir David Tang, founder of ICorrect, globetrotter and the man about too many towns to mention, divides his time between...

  31. December 31, 2011

    Iceland names new finance minister

    REYKJAVIK, Dec 31 – Iceland named a new finance minister on Saturday in a cabinet reshuffle aimed at strengthening the...

  32. October 28, 2011

    Icelandic court rules to repay British and Dutch

    Councils that feared they could lose up to £1bn on deposit in Reykjavik during the collapse of Iceland’s largest banks will...

  33. October 14, 2011

    Virgin snow

    In an empty valley in the far north of Iceland, sitting on a soft mattress of crowberry bushes and moss, we are eating...

  34. September 28, 2011

    Geothermal power: A laboratory for life after fossil fuels

    Iceland’s President Olafur Ragnar Grímsson has only to look out his window for a reminder of his country’s clean energy...

  35. September 5, 2011

    Iceland’s former prime minister on trial

    Court proceedings have started in the prosecution of a former Icelandic prime minister over his handling of the country’s...

  36. September 2, 2011

    Iceland’s president welcomes Chinese interest

    Iceland’s president has hailed a controversial Chinese investment as a sign of the country’s blossoming ties with the rising...

  37. August 29, 2011

    Chinese tycoon seeks to buy tract of Iceland

    A Chinese tycoon plans to buy a vast tract of Icelandic land for a $100m tourism project which critics fear could give...

  38. June 8, 2011

    Iceland prepares $1bn bond issue

    Iceland is poised to raise up to $1bn in its first bond issue since the country’s banking sector collapsed in 2008, marking...

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