News and Press Releases

28.8.2014 Ministry of Industries and Innovation Positive results from the co-ordinated Nordic Mackerel Survey

The marine research institutes of the Faroe Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway have issued a report on the annual co-ordinated mackerel trawl survey in the Nordic Seas which was conducted in July and August as in previous years.

The total estimate of mackerel biomass is around 9 million tonnes which is similar, while slightly more than in 2013. The distribution, however, is somewhat different as the north- and westward migration is markedly greater than has been measured before. 
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15.8.2014 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs appoints Governor of the Central Bank

Pursuant to Article 23, Paragraph 1 of the Act on the Central Bank of Iceland, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs has appointed Már Guðmundsson to the position of Governor of the Central Bank.

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14.8.2014 Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs Government Accounts for 2013

The results of Government Accounts for 2013 have now been published and the accounts forwarded to the Althingi.

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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson's Government


Platform of the Coalition Government

The formation of this government of the Progressive Party and the Independence Party begins a new advance for the country and its people. The government's prime concerns are to improve the situation of households in Iceland and to strengthen business and industry, with greater value creation for the common good.

The government will seek to mobilise the strength of national unity and overcome the antagonism and suspicion which has characterised Icelandic politics and public debate for some time. Progress and an improved standard of living in Iceland depend on cooperation and cohesion, and in the years to come Icelanders will continue to jointly resolve the nation's main challenges co-operatively.

Through its actions the government also intends to eliminate the political uncertainty which has been too conspicuous in Iceland in recent years. Efforts will be directed at achieving a broad reconciliation with the social partners on labour market developments and future investment. It is a prerequisite for Iceland to enter a new era of growth and stability that its economy enjoy trust once more both at home and abroad. This reinforces the foundation of welfare and creates the conditions for improved household economy.

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