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The World Economic Forum released the 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, and for the fifth year in a row, Iceland was declared the country with the smallest gender gap. Rounding out the top five nations are Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the Philippines. This means women in these countries have the most equal access to education and healthcare, and are more actively involved in government and economics. It also means Scandinavia is one rad place. The gender gap has ... Read More
Iceland, a famously web-savvy country, could become the first Western democracy to instate a national ban on internet porn. The nation’s interior minister is working on new legislation that would make it impossible for citizens to access porn on the Web, and Icelanders are understandably outraged.  Proponents of the legislation say that their aim is to protect the children of Iceland. They assert that what they take issue with is not necessarily sexual ... Read More
A fifteen-year-old girl is suing the Icelandic government for the right to use her own name. According to the Icelandic government, Blaer Bjarkardottir, which means “light breeze” in Icelandic, is now officially known as “Stulka,” which simply means “girl.” Iceland has stringent name requirements. Parents must choose from an approved list of 1,853 names, or they can pay about 23 dollars to submit a name to a committee for ... Read More
Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir A well-known Icelandic feminist has been banned by Facebook for outing sexism online. In February, Hildur Lilliendahl Viggósdóttir set up a Facebook album called “Men Who Hate Women,” which is made up of screenshots documenting sexism on Facebook — such as this photo of a woman in her underwear strung up like a pig with an apple in her mouth. The caption reads, “Feminist found in ... Read More
    Icelandic actor, comedian, politician and Mayor of Reykjavík Jon Gnarr showed his support of the Pussy Riot ladies at Reykjavík pride parade this past weekend.  Gnarr rode through the streets of the Icelandic capital on a float that read "FREE PUSSY RIOT" clad in a pink dress and a balaclava mask, in solidarity with the provocative protest band that protested the Orthodox Church's support of Vladimir Putin.  This was prior to ... Read More
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