Meltdown: Iceland on the brink

Two years ago, Iceland was top of the UN living index. Now it is in the frontline of the global economic crisis after the failure of its banks, reports Sophie Morris in Reykjavik

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Former chairman sues both club and owner

Former chairman of West Ham Eggert Magnusson is suing the club and its owner, Bjorgolfur Gudmundsson, for breach of contract. Magnusson isdemanding 200m Icelandic krona (about £1.1m) for an alleged violation of hisseverance settlement.

Britain has devastated our economy, Iceland complains

An Icelandic minister launched an extraordinary diplomatic attack on the British Government as she issued a direct plea to MPs to help rebuild shattered relations between the two countries. In a letter seen by The Independent, the Foreign Minister Ingibjorg Solrun Gisladottir condemned Britain's use of anti-terror laws to freeze the assets of Iceland's crisis-hit banks and protested that the language used by British ministers had caused "devastation" in her country.

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Reykjavik 101. Sounds like an Orwellian nightmare, or a remedial class in Scandinavian literature. In fact, it's a postcode – the one that counts in these parts: it's where Reykjavik's beautiful people (so that's most of them) come to eat, drink, shop and generally loaf around being artistic.

Welcome to Iceland: Despite the crunch, it's still worth a visit

The economy may just have imploded, taking huge amounts of Britons' savings with it, but don't let that put you off visiting, says Raymond Whitaker

Fear on streets of Reykjavik as country can only go to IMF for financial bailout

Iceland may be the target of British opprobrium right now, but on the streets of Reykjavik, citizens are more concerned about their own increasingly dire situation. The collapse of the country's banking system and, along with it, the economy, is steadily affecting ever more of the 320,000 people who live on the North Atlantic island.

Treasury officials in Iceland for £1bn bank talks

Treasury officials were today in Iceland for urgent talks after the collapse of the country's banking sector left councils and charities in Britain facing losses of up to £1bn.

Iceland: dancing on the brink of bankruptcy

For years, Iceland had enjoyed an economic climate more favourable than its weather. But the country was leaving itself bitterly exposed, reports Michael Savage in Reykjavik

Burley 'the man for the job' says Caldwell

Gary Caldwell led the chorus of "Vindicated!" that rang out from the Scotland squad in the early hours of yesterday as they landed back in Glasgow, having beaten Iceland 2-1 to get their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.

Iceland: Fire and ice

A hike through the lava fields of the Icelandic highlands takes Tam Leach to a world she only thought existed in fantasy

Album: Sigur Ros, Med sud i eyrum vid spilum endalaust (EMI)

Once upon a time, you knew exactly what you were getting with Sigur Ros. That is, otherwordly ambience, heavenly choirs, the tinkling of melting icicles and lyrics delivered in an inscrutable made-up elfin/Nordic tongue.

Strong earthquake rocks Iceland

A strong earthquake of 6.1 magnitude hit Iceland today 31 miles south-east of the capital Reykjavik, damaging buildings in nearby Selfoss and sending terrified residents running into the streets.

Wales chance delivers Vokes happy ending

Sam Vokes aims to turn the anguish of relegation into a happy end to a traumatic season. The 18-year-old striker is set to win his first full Wales cap in tonight's friendly with Iceland in Reykjavik.

The Travel Issue: Iceland in June

Picture a typical municipal outdoors swimming pool: children screaming for joy as they zoom down the water slides and plunge into the water. Except, in this case, my children were screaming because they were freezing cold, with a bitter wind whipping the steam off the water and snapping around their ankles as they ran up the steps. Next point: the pools they were plunging into were 41C. The setting was equally surreal. On one side was an alpine-lookalike mountain, and on the other lay a perilously rough sea, the whole scene illuminated by an icy light.

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