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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The xx Cancel Iceland Festival - Pitchfork

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The xx Cancel Iceland Festival
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The xx have canceled the Icelandic edition of their Night + Day festival, which was set to take place in Skgafoss from July 14 to 16. According to a statement from the event's promoter, the decision was made to cancel the festival after Skgafoss was ...
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Series of earthquakes north of Iceland - Iceland Monitor - Iceland Monitor

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Series of earthquakes north of Iceland - Iceland Monitor
Iceland Monitor
There has been a series of earthquakes 230 km north of Iceland since last night. There were over 40 small earthquakes and two have been measured over 4 on ...

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Iceland's strongest man, The Mountain, accused of domestic violence - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Iceland's strongest man, The Mountain, accused of domestic violence
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At least two Icelandic companies are reconsidering their promotional contracts with Hafr Jlus Bjrnsson, best known for his role as The Mountain in the ...
Strongman "The Mountain" facing new serious accusations of ...Iceland Magazine

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Environmental assessment needed before tourist facilities rise in Hveravellir - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Environmental assessment needed before tourist facilities rise in Hveravellir
Iceland Monitor
Hveravellir is an area renowned for its natural hot springs. mbl.is/Sigurur Bogi Svarsson. A report on the environmental impact of tourist facilities at Hveravellir in the Icelandic highlands needs to be reassessed according to laws on environmental ...



Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio with apocalyptic scenery and futuristic worlds - Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times

Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studio with apocalyptic scenery and futuristic worlds
Hindustan Times
In southern Iceland, the massive Almannagja gorge stretches as far as the eye can see. Its spectacular setting was chosen as the location for an epic battle scene in Game of Thrones between the characters Brienne of Tarth and the Hound. The diversity ...
Iceland, an open-air Hollywood studioThe Daily Star

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13 ways the world has changed since England were humiliated by ... - Mirror.co.uk

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13 ways the world has changed since England were humiliated by ...
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It remains one of English football's most humiliating moments (and there have been a few of them to choose from) and the world is now a very different place ...
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Drug use among the young: In Iceland, stakeholders keep ears ... - The Straits Times

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Drug use among the young: In Iceland, stakeholders keep ears ...
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In the last 20 years, cannabis use among young people in Iceland dropped from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. With two-thirds of drug abusers in Singapore under the ...

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England struggling to shake the horror of Euro 2016 humiliation ... - ESPN FC (blog)

ESPN FC (blog)

England struggling to shake the horror of Euro 2016 humiliation ...
ESPN FC (blog)
As the anniversary of their humiliating defeat to Iceland looms, England's senior team are still caught in a nightmare they've yet to escape.

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America Ferrera Finds Her 'Inner Viking' in Iceland - IcelandReview

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America Ferrera Finds Her 'Inner Viking' in Iceland
IcelandReview
America Ferrera, the Golden Globe-winning actress best known for her portrayal of Betty Suarez in the TV show Ugly Betty, is on vacation in Iceland, RV reports. She's visiting the country along with her husband, the actor and scriptwriter Ryan Piers ...



NATO Exercises in Faxafli Bay - IcelandReview

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NATO Exercises in Faxafli Bay
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Faxafli bay, Southwest Iceland, was the site of an eerily warlike situation yesterday, as warships, helicopters, fighter jets, and submarines were all present. Not to fear, however; it was all part of routine NATO military exercises. Clive C.C ...