Iceland

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

Reykjavik

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Introduction

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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Iceland - Wikipedia
Iceland - CIA World Fact Book
Iceland - BBC
Iceland - Timeline - BBC

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Earthquake swarm raises concerns for big eruption in Iceland - The Weather NetworkEarthquake swarm raises concerns for big eruption in Iceland  The Weather Network

Icelandic Operation in Namibia under Scrutiny - Iceland MonitorIcelandic Operation in Namibia under Scrutiny  Iceland Monitor

WikiLeaks Releases 30000 Documents on Icelandic Company in Namibia - Iceland MonitorWikiLeaks Releases 30000 Documents on Icelandic Company in Namibia  Iceland Monitor

Denmark and Iceland clash over priceless medieval manuscripts - Al Jazeera EnglishDenmark and Iceland clash over priceless medieval manuscripts  Al Jazeera English

Winter Camping In Iceland: Win Five Days In A 4x4 Camper For FREE! - Reykjavk GrapevineWinter Camping In Iceland: Win Five Days In A 4x4 Camper For FREE!  Reykjavk Grapevine

Archaeologist Maps Iceland's Historic Shipwrecks - ArchaeologyArchaeologist Maps Iceland's Historic Shipwrecks  Archaeology

They Are Part of Our History - Iceland Monitor - Iceland MonitorThey Are Part of Our History - Iceland Monitor  Iceland Monitor

Sunken Ships Reveal Iceland's Trading History - IcelandReviewSunken Ships Reveal Iceland's Trading History  IcelandReview

Iceland unveils its range of innovative Christmas party food - Daily MailIceland unveils its range of innovative Christmas party food  Daily Mail

Iceland unveil game-changing new party food - including prawns wrapped in bacon - Mirror OnlineIceland unveil game-changing new party food - including prawns wrapped in bacon  Mirror Online

Volcano warning: Intense earthquake swarm in Iceland threatens Europe with ash cloud - Express.co.ukVolcano warning: Intense earthquake swarm in Iceland threatens Europe with ash cloud  Express.co.uk

Turkey target Iceland to seal EURO 2020 finals - Anadolu AgencyTurkey target Iceland to seal EURO 2020 finals  Anadolu Agency

Turkey targets Iceland to seal Euro 2020 ticket - Hurriyet Daily NewsTurkey targets Iceland to seal Euro 2020 ticket  Hurriyet Daily News

Iceland seeks return of Viking sagas | World - The TimesIceland seeks return of Viking sagas | World  The Times

Severe Gale Warning for Large Part of Iceland - Iceland MonitorSevere Gale Warning for Large Part of Iceland  Iceland Monitor

The Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Iceland - NATO HQThe Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visits Iceland  NATO HQ

Iceland Students See Chilling Reality of Melting Glacier - News18Iceland Students See Chilling Reality of Melting Glacier  News18

A photographers guide to chasing Icelands Northern Lights - Evening StandardA photographers guide to chasing Icelands Northern Lights  Evening Standard

Icelandic Met Office Predicts Stormy Weather Tomorrow - IcelandReviewIcelandic Met Office Predicts Stormy Weather Tomorrow  IcelandReview

Tourist Injured at Reynisfjara Beach - IcelandReviewTourist Injured at Reynisfjara Beach  IcelandReview

What Exactly Is Going On With Airlines In Iceland? - Reykjavk GrapevineWhat Exactly Is Going On With Airlines In Iceland?  Reykjavk Grapevine

Drones Capture Iceland's Shrinking Glaciers - EosDrones Capture Iceland's Shrinking Glaciers  Eos

Town centre "dealt another blow" after Iceland store set to close - Liverpool EchoTown centre "dealt another blow" after Iceland store set to close  Liverpool Echo

Danish Professor Reluctant to Repatriate Icelandic Manuscripts - IcelandReviewDanish Professor Reluctant to Repatriate Icelandic Manuscripts  IcelandReview

In Iceland, kids measure melting glacier on school trips - Times of IndiaIn Iceland, kids measure melting glacier on school trips  Times of India

Iceland is selling mince pie flavour yoghurts in time for Christmas - Mirror OnlineIceland is selling mince pie flavour yoghurts in time for Christmas  Mirror Online

Torfaera, Iceland's off-road mania - FRANCE 24Torfaera, Iceland's off-road mania  FRANCE 24

Record Number of Refugees to Be Received in 2020 - IcelandReviewRecord Number of Refugees to Be Received in 2020  IcelandReview

Icelands Big Bitcoin Heist - Vanity FairIcelands Big Bitcoin Heist  Vanity Fair

Fishrot Files - WIKILEAKSFishrot Files  WIKILEAKS

Hot Water Shortage in Parts of Reykjavk Today - Iceland MonitorHot Water Shortage in Parts of Reykjavk Today  Iceland Monitor

Where to Travel in East Iceland - A Guide Egilsstair Eastern Region - CosmopolitanWhere to Travel in East Iceland - A Guide Egilsstair Eastern Region  Cosmopolitan

Volcano warning: 550 earthquakes hit Icelandic volcano as experts warn it could blow - Express.co.ukVolcano warning: 550 earthquakes hit Icelandic volcano as experts warn it could blow  Express.co.uk

Icelanders Smoke Less than Most - Iceland MonitorIcelanders Smoke Less than Most  Iceland Monitor

Play Air to Fly to Six European Cities - IcelandReviewPlay Air to Fly to Six European Cities  IcelandReview

Iceland Celebrates 20 Years of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" - MuggleNetIceland Celebrates 20 Years of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone"  MuggleNet

Never-Ending Waterfalls: Impressive Video - Iceland MonitorNever-Ending Waterfalls: Impressive Video  Iceland Monitor

New Icelandic Airline, Play, on the Way - Iceland MonitorNew Icelandic Airline, Play, on the Way  Iceland Monitor

Visiting Iceland? Stay At This Luxe, Historic Hotel - ForbesVisiting Iceland? Stay At This Luxe, Historic Hotel  Forbes

Iceland Bans Christians From Several Tourist Sites - PatheosIceland Bans Christians From Several Tourist Sites  Patheos

Foreign Citizens 13.4 Percent of Iceland's Population - Iceland MonitorForeign Citizens 13.4 Percent of Iceland's Population  Iceland Monitor

Hundreds Of Tremors Recorded In Northeast Iceland So Far - Reykjavk GrapevineHundreds Of Tremors Recorded In Northeast Iceland So Far  Reykjavk Grapevine

Papaya Produced in Iceland? - Iceland MonitorPapaya Produced in Iceland?  Iceland Monitor

The Day Women Brought Iceland to a Standstill - Jacobin magazineThe Day Women Brought Iceland to a Standstill  Jacobin magazine

Russian-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce Established - IcelandReviewRussian-Icelandic Chamber of Commerce Established  IcelandReview

How Drones Contribute to Mapping Iceland's Disappearing Glaciers - GIM InternationalHow Drones Contribute to Mapping Iceland's Disappearing Glaciers  GIM International

Askja volcano (Iceland): earthquake swarm near caldera at shallow depth - VolcanoDiscoveryAskja volcano (Iceland): earthquake swarm near caldera at shallow depth  VolcanoDiscovery

North Iceland Municipality Develops Multicultural Policy - IcelandReviewNorth Iceland Municipality Develops Multicultural Policy  IcelandReview

No Travel Advised in North and East Iceland - Iceland MonitorNo Travel Advised in North and East Iceland  Iceland Monitor

Vikings killed off Iceland's walruses - Ars TechnicaVikings killed off Iceland's walruses  Ars Technica

Cocaine Use on the Rise in Iceland - Iceland MonitorCocaine Use on the Rise in Iceland  Iceland Monitor

Northern Lights Delight - Iceland MonitorNorthern Lights Delight  Iceland Monitor

The Vanishing: Dark Tourism Awaits In East Iceland's Highlands - Reykjavk GrapevineThe Vanishing: Dark Tourism Awaits In East Iceland's Highlands  Reykjavk Grapevine

68 Percent of Icelandic Men Overweight - Iceland Monitor68 Percent of Icelandic Men Overweight  Iceland Monitor

Landslide in Northwest Iceland: Cliff Collapses - Iceland MonitorLandslide in Northwest Iceland: Cliff Collapses  Iceland Monitor

Inside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined - WIREDInside the Icelandic Facility Where Bitcoin Is Mined  WIRED

ISI follows main market listing with deal for Spanish distributor of Icelandic seafood - Undercurrent NewsISI follows main market listing with deal for Spanish distributor of Icelandic seafood  Undercurrent News

Icelanders Could Bloom after Death - Iceland MonitorIcelanders Could Bloom after Death  Iceland Monitor

Iceland Champions Creativity With Season-long Celebration of Inspiring Experiences - PRNewswireIceland Champions Creativity With Season-long Celebration of Inspiring Experiences  PRNewswire

Iceland's Last McDonald's Order Just Turned Ten - IcelandReviewIceland's Last McDonald's Order Just Turned Ten  IcelandReview

UK-Iceland transitional migration arrangements - GOV.UKUK-Iceland transitional migration arrangements  GOV.UK

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Mac DeMarco, Shame and Georgia kick-off Icelands stellar festival - NME LiveIceland Airwaves 2019: Mac DeMarco, Shame and Georgia kick-off Icelands stellar festival  NME Live

Customers evacuated from Iceland in Emersons Green after 'chemical spill' incident - Bristol PostCustomers evacuated from Iceland in Emersons Green after 'chemical spill' incident  Bristol Post

Iceland supermarket in King's Lynn to close in January - Lynn NewsIceland supermarket in King's Lynn to close in January  Lynn News

Racist Propaganda Distributed at University of Iceland - Iceland MonitorRacist Propaganda Distributed at University of Iceland  Iceland Monitor

Will Iceland be Gray-Listed? - Iceland MonitorWill Iceland be Gray-Listed?  Iceland Monitor

Decline of Icelandic Church: Scandals And Controversy Lead To Mass Exodus - Reykjavk GrapevineDecline of Icelandic Church: Scandals And Controversy Lead To Mass Exodus  Reykjavk Grapevine

Catholic Congregation in Iceland Growing Rapidly - Reykjavk GrapevineCatholic Congregation in Iceland Growing Rapidly  Reykjavk Grapevine

Iceland: On the Front Line of the Climate Crisis - IceNewsIceland: On the Front Line of the Climate Crisis  IceNews

Qubec Author Chantal Ringuet Takes Up Residence In Grndalshs - Reykjavk GrapevineQubec Author Chantal Ringuet Takes Up Residence In Grndalshs  Reykjavk Grapevine

Sunday Storms Gives Way To Inconsistent Week Of Weather - Reykjavk GrapevineSunday Storms Gives Way To Inconsistent Week Of Weather  Reykjavk Grapevine

Last McDonalds cheeseburger in Iceland wont rot, is metaphor for capitalism - The TakeoutLast McDonalds cheeseburger in Iceland wont rot, is metaphor for capitalism  The Takeout

Iceland Airwaves 2019: Whitney, Pottery and Joe and The Shitboys close out Reykjavik festival - NME LiveIceland Airwaves 2019: Whitney, Pottery and Joe and The Shitboys close out Reykjavik festival  NME Live

Play Plans to Expand Fast - Iceland MonitorPlay Plans to Expand Fast  Iceland Monitor

Three Men Narrowly Rescued from Sinking Boat - Iceland MonitorThree Men Narrowly Rescued from Sinking Boat  Iceland Monitor

Turkey v Iceland preview, prediction and odds - SoccerTimesTurkey v Iceland preview, prediction and odds  SoccerTimes

Iceland's Catholic Church Wants More Influence Over Politics - Reykjavk GrapevineIceland's Catholic Church Wants More Influence Over Politics  Reykjavk Grapevine

Hypothermia on the Rise at Reykjavk Beach as Winter Sets In - IcelandReviewHypothermia on the Rise at Reykjavk Beach as Winter Sets In  IcelandReview

Geothermal - Geothermal Demonstration Projects to Be Deployed in France and Iceland - Renewable Energy MagazineGeothermal - Geothermal Demonstration Projects to Be Deployed in France and Iceland  Renewable Energy Magazine

Iceland Seafood to buy Spanish peer Elba | Food Industry News - just-food.comIceland Seafood to buy Spanish peer Elba | Food Industry News  just-food.com

England U20s squad named for Portugal and Iceland games - The FAEngland U20s squad named for Portugal and Iceland games  The FA

Images reveal Iceland's glacier melt - BBC NewsImages reveal Iceland's glacier melt  BBC News

River Ice Breaking Free: Amazing Video - Iceland MonitorRiver Ice Breaking Free: Amazing Video  Iceland Monitor

Flights between China and Iceland this Spring? - Iceland MonitorFlights between China and Iceland this Spring?  Iceland Monitor

Cocaine In Iceland Increases In Volume, Decreases In Price - Reykjavk GrapevineCocaine In Iceland Increases In Volume, Decreases In Price  Reykjavk Grapevine

Incredible drone snaps reveal shocking shrinkage of Iceland glacier since 1980s - The SunIncredible drone snaps reveal shocking shrinkage of Iceland glacier since 1980s  The Sun

Iceland's new Christmas range puts weird and wonderful twist on festive foods - Mirror OnlineIceland's new Christmas range puts weird and wonderful twist on festive foods  Mirror Online

The Colourful Oddysey of Icelandic Wool Dyeing - IcelandReviewThe Colourful Oddysey of Icelandic Wool Dyeing  IcelandReview

Australia sees Icelands 10-year-old cheeseburger, raises it a 25-year-old Quarter Pounder - The TakeoutAustralia sees Icelands 10-year-old cheeseburger, raises it a 25-year-old Quarter Pounder  The Takeout

Rescue Efforts Underway off Northeast Coast - Iceland MonitorRescue Efforts Underway off Northeast Coast  Iceland Monitor

What Are Icelanders Talking About: Pizza, Whistleblowers And Cheap Coke - Reykjavk GrapevineWhat Are Icelanders Talking About: Pizza, Whistleblowers And Cheap Coke  Reykjavk Grapevine

RICHARD WALKER, managing director of Iceland, says UK's departure from EU has to happen soon - Daily MailRICHARD WALKER, managing director of Iceland, says UK's departure from EU has to happen soon  Daily Mail

Iceland Beats Andorra 2:0 - Iceland MonitorIceland Beats Andorra 2:0  Iceland Monitor

Iceland eat your heart out: Adelaide mates claim to own 25-year-old McDonald's burger - 7NEWSIceland eat your heart out: Adelaide mates claim to own 25-year-old McDonald's burger  7NEWS

The Last McDonald's Burger In Iceland Turns Ten! And Still Looks Great! - Reykjavk GrapevineThe Last McDonald's Burger In Iceland Turns Ten! And Still Looks Great!  Reykjavk Grapevine

Festival Review: Shame, John Grant and Hatari wow at Iceland Airwaves 2019 | Reviews - DIY MagazineFestival Review: Shame, John Grant and Hatari wow at Iceland Airwaves 2019 | Reviews  DIY Magazine

Plans For Giant Greenhouse In South Iceland, Might Include Mangos and Papayas - Reykjavk GrapevinePlans For Giant Greenhouse In South Iceland, Might Include Mangos and Papayas  Reykjavk Grapevine

Stunning Marine Life Pictures Made Accessible - Iceland MonitorStunning Marine Life Pictures Made Accessible  Iceland Monitor

Arion Bank: capital markets day presentation Iceland Stock Exchange:ARION - GlobeNewswireArion Bank: capital markets day presentation Iceland Stock Exchange:ARION  GlobeNewswire

Three Tourists Hospitalized after Rollover - Iceland MonitorThree Tourists Hospitalized after Rollover  Iceland Monitor