Iceland

Country Iceland
Capital Reykjavik
Continent Europe
Currency Icelandic króna(ISK)
Languages Icelandic

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Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Limited home rule from Denmark was granted in 1874 and complete independence attained in 1944. The second half of the 20th century saw substantial economic growth driven primarily by the fishing industry. The economy diversified greatly after the country joined the European Economic Area in 1994, but Iceland was especially hard hit by the global financial crisis in the years following 2008. Literacy, longevity, and social cohesion are first rate by world standards.

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Secrets from the Iceland set of Game of Thrones - NEWS.com.au

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Secrets from the Iceland set of Game of Thrones
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Over the past six years, Thrones creators have filmed key scenes at locations across Iceland. These have included Lake Mvatn and the ethereal lava fields of Dimmuborgir in the north, the Hfabrekkuheii hiking area near Vik, on the island's south ...

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Series of Earthquakes In Brarbunga Area - IcelandReview

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Series of Earthquakes In Brarbunga Area
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Experts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office believe that these are not signs of an imminent eruption. There have not been earthquakes as large as these in the area around around Skjaldbrei since 1992, according to information from the Icelandic ...



Iceland's famous teenage rap stars hit international headlines - Iceland Monitor

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Iceland's famous teenage rap stars hit international headlines
Iceland Monitor
"It's easy to mock the clichs of gangsta rap, something exploited to delightful effect on GerviGlingur (Fake jewellery), the second album by JiP and Krli (above), two teenagers from Iceland. On B.O.B.A, they rap in a swaggering style not about ...



Fitch upgrades Iceland (again) - Financial Times

Fitch upgrades Iceland (again)
Financial Times
Fitch has upgraded its rating on Iceland for a second time in five months, in the latest vote of confidence in the Nordic country after years of capital controls and strict fiscal management in the wake of a devastating banking crisis in 2008. The ...



Icelandic man remembers RAF plane shooting at him 75 years ago in remote farmland - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Icelandic man remembers RAF plane shooting at him 75 years ago in remote farmland
Iceland Monitor
The British invaded Iceland on 10 May 1940, to prevent the Germans from doing it first and to defend Iceland against them. The defence of Iceland was then transferred from Britain to the United States on 7 July 1941. gstsson is now 95 years old and ...



Iceland volcano latest will Oraefajokull erupt and when was its last eruption? - The Sun

The Sun

Iceland volcano latest will Oraefajokull erupt and when was its last eruption?
The Sun
And with the hole on Iceland's highest peak deepening by 18 inches every day, authorities have now raised the volcano's alert safety code to yellow. Cops are now patrolling the road around the volcano, which will be used for any evacuation, and ...
Iceland volcano ALERT: First eruption expected in CENTURIES ...Express.co.uk
Iceland's Most Dangerous Volcano Appears to Be Waking Up ...The Weather Channel
One Of Iceland's Most Dangerous Volcanoes Is Waking Up ...IFLScience

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Iceland to Celebrate Centennial with Over 100 Projects - IcelandReview

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Iceland to Celebrate Centennial with Over 100 Projects
IcelandReview
The organizing committee for Iceland's 100th anniversary of sovereignty announced funding yesterday for over 100 projects to mark the centennial next year, RV reports. The projects will take place throughout 2018 all around the country. The projects ...

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Iceland volcano Oraefajokull may be about to erupt for first time since 1728 plunging Brits' plane travel into chaos - The Sun

The Sun

Iceland volcano Oraefajokull may be about to erupt for first time since 1728 plunging Brits' plane travel into chaos
The Sun
... predict Oraefajokull's behaviour. It's not one of the best-known volcanoes, Barsotti said. One of the most dangerous things is to have volcanoes for which we know that there is potential for big eruptions but with not that much historical data ...

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Victim of knifing incident died in hospital - Iceland Monitor

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Victim of knifing incident died in hospital
Iceland Monitor
Iceland hot spring burn victim tells his story. William Crawford was holidaying with his two daughters in Iceland last year when he had a terrible accident at the Secret Lagoon in South Iceland. He fell into a hot spring by the side of the pool and ...



'Lunch with the Queen, then a knighthood...you can't get better vindication than that!' RUTH SUNDERLAND interviews ... - This is Money

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'Lunch with the Queen, then a knighthood...you can't get better vindication than that!' RUTH SUNDERLAND interviews ...
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Malcolm Walker, the founder of frozen food chain Iceland, has commandeered the bar in one of the restaurants he co-owns in Central London and spread out his wares. He has brought pheasant, venison, duck eggs, shrimp, upmarket crisps, a prize-winning ...

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