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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No, the giant Katla volcano in Iceland isn't about to erupt. - USA TODAY

USA TODAY

No, the giant Katla volcano in Iceland isn't about to erupt.
USA TODAY
Despite screaming headlines in the British tabloids and even the normally staid Sunday Times, there is no sign that Iceland's Katla volcano will erupt any time soon, scientists say. The wild headlines warned that the "Icelandic giant is about to erupt ...
Icelandic volcano threatens to erupt in explosion that could 'dwarf' 2010 ash cloudWalesOnline
Katla eruption: "We're used to these kinds of news reports" - Iceland ...Iceland Monitor
Geophysical Research Letters - Wiley Online LibraryWiley Online Library
Evening Standard -NASA Earth Observatory -Person detail: Earth and Environment - University of Leeds
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Iceland Found Another Way to Clean Up a Financial Crisis - Bloomberg

Bloomberg

Iceland Found Another Way to Clean Up a Financial Crisis
Bloomberg
While flying last week to a conference in Reykjavk, it dawned on me that I knew almost nothing about Iceland. What little understanding I had was based on Michael Lewis' epic tale of the nation's financial collapse in Vanity Fair magazine entitled ...
Iceland Found Another Way to Clean Up a Financial Crisis By ...Investing.com

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Experts warn Icelandic volcano threatening to erupt would 'dwarf' 2010 ash cloud - ChronicleLive

ChronicleLive

Experts warn Icelandic volcano threatening to erupt would 'dwarf' 2010 ash cloud
ChronicleLive
Experts have warned the eruption of a huge volcano in Iceland - which could erupt at any time - could dwarf the ash cloud chaos that affected European airports eight years ago. Carbon monoxide has started to emit from the volcano located in southern ...
Huge Icelandic volcano threatens to erupt in explosion that could 'dwarf' 2010 ash cloudCoventry Live
Icelandic volcano poised to erupt could be 'three times worse' than 2010 ash cloudDaily Post North Wales
Icelandic volcano 'could erupt at any moment' and ash cloud 'would dwarf' 2010 scenesGloucestershire Live
Bristol Live
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WOW Air Has Cheap Flights to Iceland to See the Northern Lights Starting at $99 - Travel+Leisure

Travel+Leisure

WOW Air Has Cheap Flights to Iceland to See the Northern Lights Starting at $99
Travel+Leisure
WOW Air is offering affordable flights to go see the aurora borealis up close and personal, starting at $99 one-way. The budget airline has cheap flights to Reykjavik, Iceland, out of Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, New York City ...



Changing Climate in Iceland - nshoremag.com

nshoremag.com

Changing Climate in Iceland
nshoremag.com
Bees buzz among yellow flowers alongside the hiking trail leading to the Skaftafellsjkull glacier, located in a huge national park in southeastern Iceland. The glacier is visible a couple hundred yards ahead of us, beyond a small black lagoon left ...



Places to Go: Nowhere makes you feel small quite like Iceland - Ubyssey Online

Ubyssey Online

Places to Go: Nowhere makes you feel small quite like Iceland
Ubyssey Online
I don't know what I was expecting of Iceland, but I certainly wasn't prepared to step off the plane onto another planet. Iceland's landscape is completely foreign, like it could be a film set: vast fields of black volcanic silt as far as the eye can ...
Follow Me: Hiking in an Icelandic volcanoRuidoso News

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Increase in work permits to Filipinos in Iceland - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Increase in work permits to Filipinos in Iceland
Iceland Monitor
Foreign nationals from countries outside the EEA who have received work permits due to their field of expertise are on the increase in Iceland. Between 2012 and 2017 temporary work permits for jobs requiring expertise amounted to 16 percent of all new ...



Storms today in South Iceland - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Storms today in South Iceland
Iceland Monitor
Today there is heavy rain and strong wind in South Iceland and the capital area and people are advised to clear drains to prevent flooding. The wind picks up again with 13-20 m/s tonight and there is more rain tomorrow in South Iceland including Reykjavik.



Iceland volcano: Could Katla erupt and will another ash cloud disrupt European flights? - The Independent

The Independent

Iceland volcano: Could Katla erupt and will another ash cloud disrupt European flights?
The Independent
A huge volcano in southern Iceland is belching higher quantities of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere than previously thought, prompting scientists to warn it could be about to erupt. Should Katla do so, it has the potential to dwarf the impact ...
Iceland volcano eruption: Where is Katla? How is a volcano formed? What you need to knowEvening Standard
ICELAND PREPARES TO BECOME GASLANDDaily Telegraph (blog)
Europe volcano eruption: Scientists keep 'close eye' on Iceland volcano after blast fearsExpress.co.uk
9news.com.au -iNews -NEWS.com.au -Evening Standard
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Northern Lights remain extremely popular with tourists to Iceland - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Northern Lights remain extremely popular with tourists to Iceland
Iceland Monitor
Gararson says that the Northern Lights winter season (September until April) remains very popular with tourists and that it's one of the most important factors of winter tourism in Iceland. Tourists do, however, stop for a shorter period of time in ...