10 Fascinating Facts about Iceland

10 Fascinating Facts about Iceland

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Iceland is quickly climbing in notoriety as a travelling and cultural hotspot, but how much do you actually know about the small northern island?

  • Iceland is the world’s most peaceful country. (source)
  • Reykjavik comprises more than half of Iceland’s population. (source)
  • One of the world’s first parliaments was in Iceland. (source)
  • Per capita, Icelanders drink the most Coca-Cola. (source)
  • Its political representation is progressive compared to the rest of the world. The world’s first democratically elected female head of state, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, was elected in 1980. The world’s first openly gay Prime Minister, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, was elected in 2009. (source)
  • Iceland sits on two tectonic plates: America and Eurasia. This means that if you are on the western side of Iceland, you are geographically in North America, but politically and culturally in Europe. (source)
  • Iceland has a national day to recognize its language. It is on November 16 because this day was the birthday of Jónas Hallgrímsson, an Icelandic poet and national treasure. (source)
  • The word English word “geyser” is taken from Iceland’s Great Geysir, which can be seen during the Golden Circle Tour. (source)
  • Game of Thrones films in Iceland for its scenes beyond the Wall. (source)
  • The Icelandic alphabet has 32 letters! (source)

 

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