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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Has Iceland Eliminated Down Syndrome Through Abortion? - snopes.com

Has Iceland Eliminated Down Syndrome Through Abortion?
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Since prenatal screening tests were introduced in Iceland in the early 2000s, the vast majority of women close to 100 percent who received a positive test for Down syndrome terminated their pregnancy. While the tests are optional, the government ...



Terrifying footage shows a hiker in Iceland with no safety equipment casually walking along a ledge just 12inches ... - Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Terrifying footage shows a hiker in Iceland with no safety equipment casually walking along a ledge just 12inches ...
Daily Mail
The footage shows a hiker, with apparently no safety equipment whatsoever, casually walking along a very narrow ledge to the top of a remote precipice hundreds of feet up in south Iceland that's barely big enough for more than two people to stand on.



Storm today in Reykjavik and South Iceland - Iceland Monitor - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Storm today in Reykjavik and South Iceland - Iceland Monitor
Iceland Monitor
A storm is raging on the South West corner of Iceland with winds up to 30 m/s. The weather in Reykjavik is not exactly great either!

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Iceland celebrates its ridiculous language - Travel Weekly

Iceland celebrates its ridiculous language
Travel Weekly
Iceland is not afraid of poking fun of itself through wacky tourism campaigns, and its latest is no different. in an attempt to cajole travellers to visit the far off, unworldly destination, Tourism Iceland approached unsuspecting travellers and asked ...



Iceland challenges visitors in hilarious tourist video - New York Post

New York Post

Iceland challenges visitors in hilarious tourist video
New York Post
It's a filming location for Game of Thrones, it's the home of Bjrk, it's a great spot to spy the Northern Lights and it has a notoriously convoluted language. Tourism group Inspired by Iceland has played on the latter in a new video it hopes will ...



Heading to Iceland with hopes, dreams and ambitions - Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald

Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald

Heading to Iceland with hopes, dreams and ambitions
Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
The seven Valley residents who will be heading to Iceland this December for the Spartan 2017 Ultra World Championship pose in front of a large U.S. flag on Tuesday evening inside Spartan Xtreme Fit Training Facility on Roanoke Avenue. Back row: Alexis ...



Fresh poll confirms Iceland's long-standing opposition to EU ... - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Fresh poll confirms Iceland's long-standing opposition to EU ...
Iceland Monitor
Most Icelanders do not want their country to join the European Union according to an opinion poll produced by Gallup and published on Monday. Membership of ...
Farmer, Footballer to contest Iceland parliamentary election - News ...News Agency of Nigeria (press release) (blog)

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70-80 People Have Vanished Without A Trace In Iceland Since 1930 - Reykjavk Grapevine

Reykjavk Grapevine

70-80 People Have Vanished Without A Trace In Iceland Since 1930
Reykjavk Grapevine
From what I can gather, from 1920 to now, around 70-80 have vanished without a trace in Iceland. These disappearances vary in how mysterious they are. The book will especially focus on 20-30 cases, with the year 1974 having a special significance.



Iceland to open store in Shannon - Independent.ie

Independent.ie

Iceland to open store in Shannon
Independent.ie
Iceland Foods Ireland Ltd has signed a deal for 8,700 sq ft on the ground floor at Skycourt Shopping Centre in Shannon. Fit-out of the new store is under way with a view to opening for business in time for the lead-in to the Christmas period. Iceland ...



Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar - FOXSports.com

Los Angeles Times

Iceland prepared for World Cup debut with 2 games in Qatar
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REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) Iceland will play two friendlies in Qatar for its first preparation games since advancing to play at next year's World Cup. The Iceland soccer federation says the games are against the Czech Republic on Nov. 8 and 2022 World Cup ...
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