It's Illegal to Name Your Daughter 'Harriet' in Iceland

Icelandic officials are refusing to renew one 10-year-old's passport because her name does not comply with the country's strict naming laws. Previously listed on legal documents only as Stúlka Cardew (translation: GIRL Cardew), the little girl and her parents will have to go to court and fight to retain the child's… » 8/12/14 3:45pm 8/12/14 3:45pm

Iceland Is the Still Best Place to Live if You're a Woman

If you're the type of person who makes choices according to the New York Times Travel section, you already knew Iceland was too hot to handle. The country's got some other notable qualities besides being a hip place to visit right now: it's held its position as the most egalitarian place for women to live for the… » 10/28/13 10:40am 10/28/13 10:40am

Icelanders Try to Restrict ‘Unfettered Misogyny’ of Internet Porn

There’s a campaign afoot in Iceland to seriously restrict underage access to hardcore porn, and it’s drawing the typical outcries of free expression curtailment. Those arguments — that Iceland would turn into some kind of North Korea Lite, or literally explode from all the thwarted orgasms a porn ban would surely… » 5/26/13 3:30pm 5/26/13 3:30pm

Is Katie Holmes Being Stalked by Scientologists?

If you thought Scientology had a disturbing influence on Katie Holmes's marriage to Tom Cruise, just wait until you see what it's going to do to her divorce. TMZ is reporting that Katie is being followed by a team of Scientologists. Why? Who knows! Maybe they just want to make sure she's safe and happy? Or maybe… » 7/01/12 11:55pm 7/01/12 11:55pm

A Handy Tool to Keep You From Sleeping With Your Cousin

While the idea of accidentally hooking up with one's cousin is quite disturbing, it's a real possibility when you live in a place like Iceland that only has 300,000 people to choose from. That's why there's a new website called Íslendingabók, aka the Book of Icelanders. It sounds like a cooler version of Facebook, but… » 2/09/12 9:30am 2/09/12 9:30am

Coincidentally, The Best Countries For Women Are A Bit Chilly


A new ranking by Newsweek/Daily Beast reveals which countries are the best and worst places for women to live. Using data from 165 countries, they based their rankings on five categories: "treatment under the law, workforce participation, political power, and access to education and health care." And without further… » 9/27/11 5:25pm 9/27/11 5:25pm