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Does the United Kingdom see Iceland as a terrorist state or not?

Published: Tuesday 2008-10-28.

Swedish Aftonbladet writes that several Icelanders have started a web campaign targeted towards the United Kingdom, which, according to the article, has singled out Iceland as a terrorist state, based on the British terror laws that came into force after the September eleventh attacks in the USA. According to them, all Icelandic assets are supposedly frozen in the UK, which indirectly makes it impossible for Icelandic banks and companies to trade with both the UK and the USA. However, if one reads a clarification from the UK Treasury, the freezing only targets Landsbanki, in conjunction with how its British branch Icesave froze withdrawals from Brits during the restructuring.

So, the question is what really is happening? Is it really that the United Kingdom is comparing Iceland with North Korea, and assume all Icelanders to be terrorists? Or are they just trying to save the money of small savers? The circus goes on, I am happy that I do not live in Iceland.

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  • Datum: 2008-10-28 13.59.43 CET
  • Namn: Anders Carlsson
  • Sänt från: ******************.business.telia.com

Kanske britterna kan överta Island, göra det till en del av samväldet åtminstone? Som ekonomin är just nu på Island kanske islänningarna inte skulle klaga alltför mycket.

  • Datum: 2008-10-28 14.05.51 CET
  • Namn: Peter Krefting
  • Sänt från: 146.59.57.**

Tja, det var ju något ljushuvud som tyckte att den norska oljefonden (eller "statens pensionsfond" som den väl egentligen heter), som är god för runt två biljoner norska kronor, skulle köpa Island och införliva det i det norska riket... :-)

I am hoping what happened was that they just used the first law they found to freeze Icelandic assets... I am not sure though but it feels a bit unfair to be put on that list :) It didn't help the situation in Iceland either which is why many Icelanders are angry at Britain these days.

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