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Yearbook 1999

Iceland. According to Countryaah official website, the coalition government between the Independent Party, the Independence Party, and the Progressive Party, the Progress Party, retained its majority after the general election in May. The Conservative Independence Party went ahead with a mandate of 26, while the Center Party Progress Party lost three seats and stayed at 12. Everything has a total of 63 members. Prime Minister David Oddsson continued in his post after the election, after his independence party captured more than 40% of the vote. The good economic development favored the government parties. In 1999, I's growth was expected to be above 5% in 1999 for the fourth year in a row, and unemployment was only 2.5%.

1999 Iceland

A hot social debate was held during the year about everything decided before the turn of the year 1998/99 to allow an agreement between the government and the multinational company deCode Genetics. The unique agreement has given the company access to the patient information in all of I's health records. The company, which will establish a central database of these data unidentified, has also built up a gene database using voluntary DNA testing. At the same time, a huge family register with a total of 750,000 Icelanders has been created throughout history. With this information as a basis, deCode believes that one can find the key to the genes behind a wide range of hereditary diseases. depression, diabetes and MS. The pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-La Roche has invested approximately SEK 1.6 billion in deCode's gene research project. The genetic homogeneity of Icelanders, together with their more than millennial genealogy, makes people's health data a goldmine for biotechnologists. Many critical doctors fear that the project's personal protection will not work, that codes will be broken and that sensitive information about individuals will be in the wrong hands.

A broad popular movement with former President Vigdis Finnbogadˇttir protested during the year against Norsk Hydro's plans at an aluminum smelter in Rey­arfj÷r­ur in northeastern Iceland and the government's plans for a hydroelectric power plant in the same area. The criticism mainly concerned the major environmental interventions in Western Europe's largest unspoilt wilderness area. After a tough political debate, in December everything said yes to the government's proposal for the power plant.

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