Iceland's government says it's willing to accept 50 Syrian refugees during the next two years. But a Facebook event page has been created to challenge that policy and more than 10,000 Icelanders on the page have offered to take in Syrians on the run. Meanwhile, on the Greek island of Lesbos, a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving on the island is leaving government officials and residents overwhelmed.
The great recession of 2008 began with the collapse of Iceland's economy and we have a couple of Icelandic musicians to offer their unique perspective. Karl James Pestka and Ragnar Ólafsson are members of Árstíðir; a band that came together right as the 2008 crisis began.
The holy trinity of Icelandic identity is, according to a popular poem, land, nation and tongue. Remove one, and the others will collapse. So, will the Icelandic nation survive if, as some predict, the Icelandic language dies out?
For centuries, Icelanders have looked backward to move forward with their language. When they need to come up with words for new technologies or ideas, they dredge up archaic terms — and try to talk the public into re-using them.
The Muslim population of Iceland, made up of immigrants, foreign students and a few homegrown converts, is small but growing. And the community may soon be getting its first custom-built mosque with land donated by the city of Reykjavik, but not without objections from a vocal minority.
Every year during the Loi Krathong celebration in Thailand, fiery lanterns soar through the sky. Beautiful? Yes. Dangerous? Yes. Meanwhile, an international study finds Iceland is the best place to be a woman. And a French village goes crazy every year throwing — and catching — wooden spoons, all in today's Global Scan.
A volcano in Iceland features in our Geo Quiz. It's been erupting for a few days now. So far, the volcano's spectacular displays of smoke and lava have mostly been a boon for tourism. Bjorn Eriksen manages a hotel within sight of the volcano.
We end today taking you on a musical voyage between two cities, two cities that are as almost as distant as you can get from each other. For Ben Frost, these would be his two homes of Melbourne, Australia and Reykjavik, Iceland.
The song and dance at the Reykjavik City Theatre in Iceland is on hold for a few days. They're offering a dramatic reading of a report on the country's banking collapse. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Magnis Thortarson of the Reykjavik City Theater.
The name of the Icelandic volcano that's sending ash across Europe is giving news casters a rough time. The volcano's name is Eyjafjallajokull, and it's hard to say. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with BBC news presenter Mike Cooper.
Today's Geo Quiz asks: What do New Zealand, Iceland, Japan, Austria and Norway have in common? It turns out they rank as the most peaceful places to live in the world according to the 2010 Global Peace Index. Anchor Marco Werman explains.