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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Iceland - Wikipedia
Iceland - CIA World Fact Book
Iceland - BBC
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Doctor says CBS News claims on Iceland, Downs and abortion are false - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Doctor says CBS News claims on Iceland, Downs and abortion are false
Iceland Monitor
The claims that 100 percent of women in Iceland who receive a positive prenatal test for Down syndrome terminate their pregnancy are false, according to Hulda Hjartardttir, chief of obstetrics at Iceland's National University Hospital. The claims were ...
Sarah Palin compared the abortion policy to Hitler's quest for an Aryan raceDaily Mail
Has Iceland Eliminated Down Syndrome Through Abortion?snopes.com
Iceland Eliminates People with Down SyndromeNational Review
The Independent -CNSNews.com
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Interrogation via Google Translate - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Interrogation via Google Translate
Iceland Monitor
According to an announcement, an agreement has been reached on the merger of Iceland Travel ehf., which is fully owned by Icelandair Group and Gray Line Iceland., which is jointly owned by the founders of the company and Akur fjrfestingar slhf.



Migos Hit The Pool With Matching Face Masks While In Iceland - HotNewHipHop

HotNewHipHop

Migos Hit The Pool With Matching Face Masks While In Iceland
HotNewHipHop
Migos are easily the hottest hip-hop trio in the world right now and there's doing nothing to diminish that reputation. Their full-length release Culture from earlier this year was one of Atlanta's watershed moments when it comes to having that ...

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Revenues jump 32pc at Irish arm of Iceland - Independent.ie

Independent.ie

Revenues jump 32pc at Irish arm of Iceland
Independent.ie
Iceland closed seven stores in Ireland in 2005 due to poor trading conditions but the brand 1 Iceland closed seven stores in Ireland in 2005 due to poor trading conditions but the brand re-opened in 2009 under a different owner. Photo: Getty Images.
Iceland eyes more stores as losses halved in RepublicIrish Examiner

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Why Down syndrome in Iceland has almost disappeared - CBS News - CBS News

CBS News

Why Down syndrome in Iceland has almost disappeared - CBS News
CBS News
Iceland has almost eliminated Down syndrome by aborting virtually 100 percent of fetuses that test positive. Should the rest of the world follow suit?

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Missing In Iceland: Rabies - Reykjavk Grapevine

Reykjavk Grapevine

Missing In Iceland: Rabies
Reykjavk Grapevine
So you plan on flying your adorable akita from America to Akranes. Well, best make plans in advance because upon arrival in Iceland, each and every foreign pooch is subjected to a long period of solitary confinement. Yes, just like Laverne Cox on ...



Body recovered from Hvt River in South Iceland - Iceland Monitor - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Body recovered from Hvt River in South Iceland - Iceland Monitor
Iceland Monitor
The South Iceland Police Department says that the body of a man found in Hvt River in South Iceland yesterday is believed to be that of a 22-year old asylum ...

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Donegal Snooker Club to host snooker club from Iceland in European snooker match - Donegal Democrat

Donegal Democrat

Donegal Snooker Club to host snooker club from Iceland in European snooker match
Donegal Democrat
Donegal's North West Snooker club in Letterkenny are creating history this weekend when they play in European Snooker Club Challenge match. A North West club selection play host to Icelandic club Billiard Barrin, from Reykjavk on Friday and Saturday, ...



Kaleo to open for Rolling Stones - Iceland Monitor

Iceland Monitor

Kaleo to open for Rolling Stones
Iceland Monitor
The Icelandic rock band Kaleo will open for the Rolling Stones in Spielberg in Austria in September. It's just crazy, unreal really. I started laughin when I heard about it, thought it was kind of funny, Kaleo's guitar player, Rubin Pollock says. It ...



French traveller caught poaching in one of Iceland's most expensive salmon fishing rivers - Iceland Magazine

Iceland Magazine

French traveller caught poaching in one of Iceland's most expensive salmon fishing rivers
Iceland Magazine
A fishing officer at Norur river in West Iceland caught a foreign traveller fishing in a river ladder by Glanni waterfall. Norur river is one of the best and most expensive salmon fishing rivers in West Iceland. In addition to being engaged in ...