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February 2009

On the rocks? Iceland’s race to recover. From Reykjavik, a special report on a looming mass exodus and the people fighting to keep the country afloat.

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Dark horizons

The collapse of Iceland’s banks is sending shock waves through the nation. Job losses and mortgage increases are common complaints on the streets of Reykjavik. But though the mood is bleak, some creative Icelanders are…

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What's in store

In tough economic times, shops will need something special to keep customers. Monocle’s new star retailers are a supermarket with a concierge, a childrenswear store with staff chosen for their childcare skills, and a boo…

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Expo 20: All at sea

The South Koreans have become the globe’s most successful shipbuilders – the country is home to the three biggest shipyards in the world, all based around the port of Busan. That’s great when the global economy is in full…

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Frozen assets

Only a year ago, savers from Europe were pouring money into Icelandic banks, looking to capitalise on high interest rates. Now the banks are bust and the nation’s identity is shaken. On page 19 Monocle travels to Reykjavik…

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My last meal: Mathias Dahlgren

Celebrated Swedish chef Mathias Dahlgren enjoys preparing complex dinners at work but likes to keep things simple in his free time. For the setting of his last meal, he would choose the quiet Nyckelviken forest just outside…

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Europe briefing

What Finland's president, Tarja Halonen, has in her motorcade, why Russia's building boom has hit the brakes, and how the Vatican is doing its bit in the fight against climate change.

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Briefing travel

Park Hyatt's Palas coup in Istanbul, China's regional jet makes its inaugural flight and our Milanese travel itinerary. Plus, the man who's sure this is the time to start a new airline in Brazil.

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Chip off the old block

Rønning Ski has produced wooden skis in the village of Skotterud in Norway since 1936. While other manufacturers die out, switch to fibreglass or move to China, Rønning keeps modernising the wooden ski and finding new fans…

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Asia briefing

Urban farming in Japan, Korea's mission to put its cuisine on the map, and farewell to to Cambodia's "bamboo" railways.

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Going solo

Frida Hyvönen is a singer-songwriter with an intimate understanding of the grand piano and the great outdoors. Monocle went backstage with the Swedish chanteuse in Paris as she prepared to play songs from her new record,…

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Inner North Portland

Long overshadowed by Seattle and San Francisco, Oregon’s largest city has achieved its own renown for an outdoors lifestyle, environmental emphasis and clichéd-but-real mania for coffee, beer, food and wine. North Portland…

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Americas briefing

Our new column from Washington on President Obama's administration, plus baseball-mania in Nicaragua and the Dane who is making NYC more cycle-friendly.

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Box fresh

Nine years ago, TV in Pakistan was decades behind India, with just two – state-run – channels and output that was mainly government propaganda. Today its mix of drag divas and campaigning reporters is challenging the old…

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Home rescue

On a visit to the southern Japanese prefecture of Saga, New York restaurateur Mikio Shinagawa was appalledby the destruction of the region’s traditional houses. He set about saving and restoring them, and has even managed…

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So farsi, so good

Until now there has not been a dedicated, unbiased Farsi-speaking TV station broadcasting in Iran. That’s about to change with the launch of the BBC World Service’s Persian TV. It aims to put a new spin on the country and…

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Culture briefing

FILM: Crooked Turkish politicians and tough French schools keep us glued to the screen. BOOKS: A macabre tale of suspense, a modern-day *Treasure Island*, and the latest in Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon series. ART: A…

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Freedom writer

For our series on media barons we feature Erick Thohir, founder of the Mahaka Media group in Jakarta. After revitalising the failing paper ‘Republika’ he’s now on a mission to modernise print, radio and TV in a freer Ind…

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Conflict managers

The Iraq war has been big business for US military contractors (AKA mercenaries). But now, as the withdrawal of troops becomes imminent, firms are looking to Africa as the next lucrative source of revenue.

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