Interesting Facts About Iceland – Iceland – is a country in the north Atlantic Ocean.
Iceland – is an island. Beauty of the country amazes and fascinates. Iceland – is a country of elves and Vikings, and this is a country of ice geysers.
35 Interesting Facts About Iceland
1. Surprisingly, the fact that the Iceland is the northern country, but the temperature never falls below -4 here, even in winter. This is thanks to the warm currents – the Gulf Stream and the East Greenland Current. Tectonic origin of the island also affects on the increase in air temperature.
2. Reykjavik – is the northernmost capital in the world. Iceland’s capital got its name from the eruption of the vapors from geothermal sources. Reykjavik translated as “Smoky Bay“.
3. In 2007, the UN declared the Iceland the best country for living.
4. Iceland – is the largest volcanic island in the world.
5. In Iceland the geothermal energy produced through the volcanoes.
6. Iceland is country of the geysers. On the island are more than 7,000 volcanoes. This is the largest number of geysers in the world per unit of area.
7. Off the coast of Iceland found mollusk, which is over 400 years old. This mollusc is the most long-living animal on the planet.
8. The legendary, world-famous singer BJORK is from Iceland. Her name translates as a “birch” and it is a popular female name in Iceland.
9. The world’s first woman-president – is an Icelander. Vigdis Finnbogadóttir (Vigdís Finnbogadóttir) – the fourth President of Iceland from 1980 to 1996. The people of Iceland loves his president. People elected this woman 4 times in a row! In 1996 Vigdis Finnbogadóttir has refused to participate in elections. At the moment, still everyone’s favorite Vigdis (81-year-old lady) is very active in a social life for the benefit of her native Iceland.
10. According to Icelandic law, a child under the age of 12 can not be left unattended anywhere alone. Parents need to take him to school and “surrender the child into the hands of” the teacher, and in the evening to “get” him back! The child also can not be left alone at home.
11. Icelandic Parliament (Alþingi) – the oldest parliament in the world, it operates since 930.
12. The largest glacier in Europe – is the Vatnajökull in Iceland.
13. Icelanders are very creative people. The most popular profession are: an artist, a musician or a designer. Therefore, the services of designers here nobody uses. Each sure that he will create the best design of his apartment or design of own wedding dress. And in some ways they are right, in my opinion.
14. Sign language is the official language only in Iceland.
15. Icelandic girls almost all are natural blondes. To be unusual, girls colored in brunettes.
16. In Iceland, there is a very strange national dish – Icelanders eat rotten shark meat. Haukarl dish – is rotten meat Greenland sleeper shark. Fresh meat of this shark is poisonous to humans (a dish contains a lot of ammonia). To prepare the food, shark meat put into the ground, and then removed from the ground, and after eating it. This dish is popular in Iceland since the days of the Vikings. Icelanders are highly respected their traditions.
17. Residents of Reykjavik are paying by bank cards, and even if they bought coffee at the bar. This is not accepted to calculated by cash.
18. In winter, in Iceland is dark almost all the time of the day. December 21 – is the shortest day of the year. The sun rises in 10.30 a.m., and the sunset is in 16.00p.m. But in summer the days are very sunny. In June sun sets just for a couple hours.
19. In winter in Iceland there is the Northern Lights most of the time. But after a couple weeks of being in the country on it is no longer paying attention.
20. Icelanders are very tolerant. In Reykjavik regularly held the gay pride parades.
Since 2010, the homosexual marriages are allowed in the country, and the percentage of bisexuals in the country is very high.
21. Iceland is not included in the European Union, but the country has signed the Schengen Agreement.
22. Icelanders love the Eurovision. For this contest of young performers here are taken very seriously, and during a live broadcast the whole country watching the scene on TV.
23. In Iceland there is no McDonald’s! The last restaurant closed in the 2008 crisis.
24. Icelanders like to read. According to some reports, the Icelanders are the most reading nation in the world.
25. Language of Iceland was not changed over the last 1,000 years. The residents of the country without any problems can read ancient Viking sagas in the original.
26. For water in restaurants and cafes do not need to pay, it was poured from the tap. This water is from the local hot springs, and therefore it is suitable for drinking.
27. Hot tap water in Iceland smells like rotten eggs. The fact, that it enters into the water supply directly from the hot springs, and these springs are rich in hydrogen sulfide.
28. Adoption of the hot thermal baths – a popular evening entertainment option in Reykjavik. One ticket costs about 5 euros.
29. The country’s economy is highly dependent on fishing. Most of the people are working in the fishing industry.
30. Almost all Icelanders have no surnames. Instead, they have patronymics or matronymics (if not the father). For example: Magnussen Karlsson – is Magnus, son of Charles. Or Karlsdottir Anna – Anna is the daughter of Charles.
31. There is no trains in Iceland. The railways are completely absent in the country.
32. The population density in Iceland one of the smallest in the world – three people per square kilometer.
33. Country convinced of its safety. Iceland has no army, navy and air force – only the Coast Guard. But if Icelander wants to go in the army – he can join the Norwegian army under the contract existing between the two countries.
Even the police in Iceland do not carry the weapons.
34. Icelanders are fond of fairy tales and legends. For example, in addition to the well-known Santa Claus in Iceland there are more 15 species of Santa Claus. All of them are different elves.
35. 2148 people in Iceland hold pagan teachings Ásatrú Association, which is based on the revival of the Icelandic and Norwegian pagan beliefs. This religion is officially adopted, and its ministers can perform a wedding ceremony, which is equivalent to traditional marriage.