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Journal of Nordregio no 2, 2007

Building Iceland's Future

Energy and environment are important themes in Icelandic politics, as is regional development. At present, there is enthusiasm in Reydarfjördur for the new Alcoa aluminium smelter which opens there next year. Whether this will last, remains however to be seen. Discussion is currently taking place in a further two communities, namely Husavik and Helguvik, in respect of similar solutions. In Dyrafjördur a debate is also taking place in relation to the site of an oil-refinery. The need to secure local jobs remains a major factor behind these types of initiatives. From an Icelandic environmental perspective both the additional smelter projects have a distinct chance of being realised. The major reason for this is that it will not be necessary to construct more large dams or hydro-power stations to supply the electricity needed to service them.

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Elections, regions and energy
Creating a new 'Klondike' spirit
In harmony with the environment?
Iceland to be "Vanguard of nations"
Greenland goes for aluminium smelter
Iceland's electrical potentials
Iceland´s possible geothermal and hydro-power energy fields
Will drill deeper and also off-shore
Fewer, but more powerful, municipalities?
Challenges for good water status
How to get the "good" immigrants
Swedish climate-change uncertainty
All municipalities included
Who is afraid of the NEGP – and why?