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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Basalt Architects completes hotel at Iceland's Blue Lagoon resort - Dezeen

Dezeen

Basalt Architects completes hotel at Iceland's Blue Lagoon resort
Dezeen
Guests at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland can look out onto the turquoise water of the famous lagoon from hotel suites nestled into the lava formations. The Blue Lagoon is situated within the UNESCO Global Geopark and comprises a series of pools ...



Outrage erupts after Icelandic fishermen are accused of harpooning a blue whale - South China Morning Post

South China Morning Post

Outrage erupts after Icelandic fishermen are accused of harpooning a blue whale
South China Morning Post
The group, which published photos of the mammal being butchered for export at an Icelandic whaling station on the night of July 7, said the fishermen posed for photos next to and even on top of the whale in a sign they knew very well this was a rare ...
Rare Whale Killed In Iceland. It May Be First Blue Whale Hunt In 50 YearsNDTV
Outrage as Iceland fishermen kill rare whale - Times LIVETimes LIVE
Whale killing: Iceland accused of slaughtering rare whaleBBC News
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The other Icelandic team taking on the world - SBS

SBS

The other Icelandic team taking on the world
SBS
SBS World News presenter Janice Petersen reports from Iceland. On a tiny patch of grass out the front of Iceland's parliament in Reykjavik, a game of cricket is underway. There's no pitch here - there are no cricket pitches anywhere in this country ...



Did fishermen in Iceland kill a rare blue whale? - The Japan Times

The Japan Times

Did fishermen in Iceland kill a rare blue whale?
The Japan Times
They are also not sure if it could be the endangered fin whale, the second-largest animal on the planet, which can only be legally hunted in Iceland despite an international moratorium on whaling. Kristjan Loftsson, CEO of Hvalur hf, the whaling ...

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France keeps copying Iceland's signature Viking Clap - For The Win

For The Win

France keeps copying Iceland's signature Viking Clap
For The Win
F R A N C E #FIERSDETREBLEUS pic.twitter.com/OfPpkmp2x6. Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) October 10, 2017. France also copied the chant at Euro 2016, where Iceland made their debut at the European Championships and captivated ...



Iceland: travel by boat for a spectacular entrance - Irish Times

Irish Times

Iceland: travel by boat for a spectacular entrance
Irish Times
Those who have visited Iceland before will need no convincing of its splendour. Its desolate beauty is the stuff of legend among those who return time and again for the strangeness of its landscape, for the joy of dipping in and out of hot springs and ...



rfajkull: Seismic unrest above average - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

rfajkull: Seismic unrest above average
Iceland Monitor
A geologist at the Iceland Met OFfice explains that the current unrest in rfajkull volcano could continue for days, weeks, months and even years. Yesterday the Iceland Civil Protection released a statement that the volcano was experiencing clear ...



UN elects Iceland to replace US on Human Rights Council - Washington Post

Washington Post

UN elects Iceland to replace US on Human Rights Council
Washington Post
UNITED NATIONS The U.N. General Assembly has elected Iceland to replace the United States on the U.N. Human Rights Council following the Trump administration's decision to leave the Geneva-based organization last month. Iceland was nominated ...
Iceland to take vacated US seat on Human Rights CouncilUN News
Iceland replaces US on Human Rights CouncilThe Punch
United Nations elects Iceland to replace US on Human Rights CouncilThe Indian Express

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One day of sun for Iceland next week - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

One day of sun for Iceland next week
Iceland Monitor
The remains of hurricane Chris are expected on Saturday night with accompanying rain. However, a high will arrive with sunshine for one day, Tuesday, predicts the Iceland Met Office. Another low hits the country on Wednesday with accompanying rain and ...



The Busy, Briny Lives of Iceland's Herring Girls - Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura

The Busy, Briny Lives of Iceland's Herring Girls
Atlas Obscura
They were called Herring Girls in the North Atlantic countriesplaces such as the Scottish Shetlands and Outer Hebrides, the Danish Faroe Islands, and Iceland. They were the women who processed the fishermen's catch, standing for long hours on the ...