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The Icelandic Nation

Facts About the Icelandic Nation Icelandic Population: 306,694 (July 2010 est.), country comparison to the world: 178 Icelandic Age structure: 0-14 years: 20.7% (male 32,268/female 31,308), 15-64 years: 67.1% (male104,158/female 101,584), 65 years and over: 12.2% (male 16,952/female 20,424) (2010 est.) Icelandic Population growth rate: 0.741% (2010 est.), country comparison to the world: 145 Icelandic Birth […]

The Icelandic language

Icelandic is the national language and is believed to have changed very little from the original tongue spoken by the Norse settlers.  Iceland was settled by Nordic people in the 9th century – tradition says that the first permanent settler was Ingólfur Arnarson, a Norwegian Viking who made his home where Reykjavík now stands. The […]

Icelandic Economy

The economy is heavily dependent upon fishing.  Despite effort to diversify, particularly into the travel industry, seafood exports continue to account for nearly three-puarters of merchandise exports and approximately half of all foreign exchange earnings.  Yet less than 10 per cent of the workforce is involved in fishing and fis processing. The travel industry makes […]

Iceland Weather

Iceland, the volcanic rock in the North Atlantic does not quite live up to its name when it comes to the weather in Iceland. Since a branch of the Gulf Stream flows along the south and west part of the island it greatly moderates the climate. However the stream brings the mild air in contact […]

Geography of Iceland

European island in the North Atlantic (3 hours’ flight from London, 5 ½ hours from New York). It is 103,000 km² (39,756 square. miles) or 42% of the size of UK. Location: Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the United Kingdom (65 00 N, 18 00 W). […]

Geographical statistics of Iceland

Cost line 4970 km Tallest mountains: Hvannadalshnjúkur 2119 m Bárðarbunga 2000 m Kverkfjöll 1920 m Snæfell 1833 m Hofsjökull 1765 m Herðubreið 1682 m Largest glaciers: Vatnajökull 8300 km2 Langjökull 953 km2 Hofsjökull 925 km2 Mýrdalsjökull 596 km2 Drangajökull 200 km2 Largest lakes: Þórisvatn 83 km2 Þingvallavatn 82 km2 Lögurinn 53 km2 Mývatn 37 km2 Hvítárvatn […]

Icelandic last names

Icelandic Last Names and their meaning Traveling in Iceland you will be surprised to find how informal people are, everyone from the bus driver to the highest government official will be addressed by his or her first name and never their last names. Icelandic singer and actress Björk does not use a stage name but […]

Icelandic alphabet

The Unique Icelandic Letters Traveling to Iceland will leave you in awe of the spectacular nature, the clean air, the fresh water, the lack of insects and perhaps also the Icelandic Language. Most Western European languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, English, Italian, French, and so on have greatly reduced levels of inflection, particularly noun declension. […]

History of Language in Iceland

History of language in Iceland Icelandic is, and has been, spoken in Iceland since the time of the first settlers. It is a North Germanic language, related to Danish, Swedish, and Norwegian, but unlike them retains the full set of conjugations and declensions that Old Norse had. Its stubborn resistance to change and its lack […]

Uses of the Icelandic sheep

Meat Production Icelandic lamb is a wonderfully flavorful, exceptionally lean meat from animals raised with no antibiotics and no added hormones. In Iceland, the Icelandic lamb is almost exclusively bred for Icelandic meat production. As previously mentioned lambs are not fed grain or given any hormones. Lambs are slaughtered at four to five months, weighing between […]