Frances Pugh in 2019's Midsommar.

Scandinavia’s Horror Renaissance and the Global Appeal of ‘Fakelore’

“Midsommar” and “The Ritual” are steeped in Scandinavian folklore. Or are they?

A man takes a selfie in Iceland.

Why Is Everyone Going to Iceland?

How Reykjavik successfully managed the pandemic and brought tourism back.

A supporter of Iceland cheers the Group C match between Iceland and Austria during the UEFA Women's Euro 2017 at Sparta Stadion on July 26, 2017 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The Misogynist Violence of Iceland’s Feminist Paradise

The world’s “best place to be a woman” is far more dangerous than its reputation suggests.

People protesting against a new government measure to further restrict abortions in Poland gather as part of "Black Friday" demonstrations nationwide on March 23, 2018 in Poznan, Poland. The women's rights group Dziewuchy Dziewuchom, called on women across Poland to gather for protests in cities nationwide.

Politics Without Parties

From Poland to Iceland, citizens’ groups are taking matters into their own hands and bringing about genuine political change from outside the party system.

Activists protest the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court judge in Washington on Oct. 5. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Iceland’s Lessons for the #MeToo Era

The history of successful women’s protests show that mass mobilization is key.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and U.S. President Ronald Reagan in Washington, D.C. in December 1987. (AFP/Getty Images)

When Ronnie Met Mikhail​

On our podcast: As Trump sits down with Putin, we look back at a summit in Reykjavik that helped end the Cold War.

The parliament building is pictured on October 29, 2016 in Reykjavik during the snap general election. 
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Icelandic Government Collapses Amid Pedophilia Scandal

The Icelandic prime minister’s links to a convicted rapist have once again put the democracy’s accountability to the test.


French Women Walked out of the Office Early to Protest the Pay Gap. What If American Women Did the Same?

What if American women copied their French and Icelandic counterparts and left the office early to prove a point about equal pay?

CHIBA, JAPAN - JUNE 25: Japanese whalers slaughter a 9.58m Baird's beaked whale at the Wada port on June 25, 2006 in Chiba, Japan. Japan and Norway, leaders of pro-whaling nations, took a step toward restoring commercial whaling in a vote at the International Whaling Commission. (Photo by Koichi Kamoshida/Getty Images)  *** Local Caption ***

Report: Norway Now Kills More Whales Than Japan and Iceland Combined

While anti-whaling activists have focused on Japan and Iceland, Norway has outstripped both countries in whale hunting, according to a new report.

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We Knew the Panama Papers Would Make a Splash. But in Iceland?

It’s no coincidence that the people of this tiny island nation were the first to punish their leader’s financial misdeeds.

TOPSHOT - French riot police confront protesters during a demonstration against labour law reforms in the French capital Paris on March 31, 2016. France faced fresh protests over labour reforms  just a day after the beleaguered government of President Francois Hollande was forced into an embarrassing U-turn over constitutional changes.  / AFP / THOMAS SAMSON        (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Will the Panama Papers Be a Catalyst for Change?

It’s not about Vladimir Putin’s cronies or crooked billionaires. If real reform is going to come, it’ll have to be based on popular anger at the merely well-off using tax havens to move money.


Let Me Tell You About the Very Rich

The Panama Papers highlight, with painstaking clarity, that austerity is not a shared sacrifice.

Icelands Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson attends a session of parliament in Reykjavik, Iceland on April 4, 2016.

Iceland's prime minister faced calls to resign after leaked "Panama Papers" tax documents showed he and his wife used an offshore firm to allegedly hide million-dollar investments.
 / AFP / HALLDOR KOLBEINS        (Photo credit should read HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

It Took Only a Day of Protests for Iceland’s Prime Minister to Resign Over Panama Papers

Iceland's prime minister is the first head of state to resign over the Panama Papers leak.

Some of 2,000 people gather to demonstrate on January 20, 2009 in Reykjavik as members of parliament gathered for their first session of the new year. Police arrested 13 people and used pepper spray to disperse demonstrators protesting today outside parliament to demand the government step down over the country's dire economic crisis. Iceland's once booming financial sector collapsed late last year in the face of the global credit crunch, forcing the government to take control of the major banks as the economy and currency have faltered badly.   AFP PHOTO/ HALLDOR KOLBEINS (Photo credit should read HALLDOR KOLBEINS/AFP/Getty Images)

Something’s Rotten in Iceland, and the Panama Papers Prove It

The Icelandic prime minister is refusing to resign as street protests mount following the release of documents that may implicate him in a corruption scandal.


When Rhode Island Tries to Be Reykjavik

A tourism video intended to promote the American state of Rhode Island accidentally included stock footage from Iceland.

BEDFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 26:  A re-enactor's armour is removed after a display on the first day of the 'St George's Festival' at the English Heritage's Wrest Park estate on April 26, 2014 near Bedford, England. 'St George's Festival' at Wrest Park takes place on April 26 and 27, 2014 and features reenactments of various eras of British history from medieval times to the First World War.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

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