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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Photo of the Day: In Iceland the wind blows from all directions, simultaneously! - Iceland Magazine (press release)

Iceland Magazine (press release)

Photo of the Day: In Iceland the wind blows from all directions, simultaneously!
Iceland Magazine (press release)
Read more: Videos, photos: Waterfalls in Iceland are sometimes in no mood for gravity. The following photograph was captured by a local man in Bolungarvk, a small fishing village in the Westfjords, showing how the wind blows the flags of his neighbors ...



ND native, husband living in Minnesota die during fishing accident in Iceland - Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Herald

ND native, husband living in Minnesota die during fishing accident in Iceland
Grand Forks Herald
The U.S. Embassy in Iceland told the family that Veit fell out of a boat while fishing on a lake, and her husband, jumped in to save her. However, Patrice Veit told Minnesota Public Radio that Veit tried to save Schumacher when he apparently fell into ...
Minnesota couple die during fishing accident in IcelandTwinCities.com-Pioneer Press
La Crescent couple killed in fishing accident in IcelandThe Courier Life News
Wyndmere graduate and her husband die while on vacation in ...INFORUM

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Yellow weather warning in South and West Iceland - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Yellow weather warning in South and West Iceland
Iceland Monitor
A yellow weather warnining has been issued for South Iceland and Faxafli and Breiafjrur in South West Iceland and West Iceland has been issued today from 2 pm onwards. This involves strong winds and rain from 2 pm for thte remainder of the day.



American Couple Dies During Fishing Trip In Iceland - Reykjavk Grapevine

Reykjavk Grapevine

American Couple Dies During Fishing Trip In Iceland
Reykjavk Grapevine
An American couple died in Iceland yesterday after an accident occurred on Sunday at Lake ingvallavatn in ingvellir National Park, RV reports. The weather has been particularly tricky during the weekend, as unusually strong winds and heavy rains ...



2018 World Cup: Iceland preview, schedule, TV and stream info, squad and players to watch - CBSSports.com

CBSSports.com

2018 World Cup: Iceland preview, schedule, TV and stream info, squad and players to watch
CBSSports.com
After becoming one of the stories at Euro 2016, Iceland is one of the teams to watch entering the 2018 World Cup. At the biggest of tournaments for the first time in their history, there's high expectations and unmatched excitement based on the ...

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Iceland set to punch above World Cup weight in Russia - WHTC

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Iceland set to punch above World Cup weight in Russia
WHTC
By Philip O'Connor. STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - The smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup will also be the tournament's worst-kept secret as Iceland's giant-killing performances in 2016 sent a loud and clear warning that they will not be in ...
Iceland's Sigurdsson faces race against time for full fitnessKDAL
Russian Sanctions On Iceland Hinder World Cup PreparationsReykjavk Grapevine

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Iceland World Cup guide: Squad, record, manager, path to final, team news, latest odds and star man - The Sun

The Sun

Iceland World Cup guide: Squad, record, manager, path to final, team news, latest odds and star man
The Sun
TWO years after they famously dumped England out of Euro 2016, Iceland are on their way to their first World Cup after winning their qualifying group. The tiny nation of just 350,000 are keen to not just make up the numbers and their hardworking side ...

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May The Storms Be With You: More Weather Alerts Issued In Iceland - Reykjavk Grapevine

Reykjavk Grapevine

May The Storms Be With You: More Weather Alerts Issued In Iceland
Reykjavk Grapevine
The Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue also encourages travellers to be extremely careful on slippery paths around the main tourist attractions, including Geysir and Seljalandsfoss. The paths along Skgafoss and the canyon Fjarrgljfur are ...



Geyser eruption in pictures: Iceland's Strokkur geyser violently ERUPTS - Express.co.uk

Express.co.uk

Geyser eruption in pictures: Iceland's Strokkur geyser violently ERUPTS
Express.co.uk
Tim, a graphic designer, took the striking image while touring the Golden Circle of Iceland. The moment occurred as he photographed Strokkur, one of the world's few geysers that frequently erupt every six to ten minutes. Located in the Haukadalur ...



Russian Sanctions On Iceland Hinder World Cup Preparations - Reykjavk Grapevine

Reykjavk Grapevine

Russian Sanctions On Iceland Hinder World Cup Preparations
Reykjavk Grapevine
The trade sanctions imposed by Russia on Iceland three years ago have had a grave impact on Iceland's preparations for the 2018 World Cup, RV reports. The decision to boycott Icelandic products was meant to be a countermeasure to the heavy sanctions ...