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 […]
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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 […]
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, 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 […]
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). […]
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 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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
The Icelander Leif Eriksson (Leif the lucky) was the first European to set foot on the North American continent in the year 1000, almost 500 years before Columbus!
The Icelandic currency, króna (ISK) is the smallest independent currency in the world. The Icelandic Krona has lost 99,7% of it´s value since the foundation of the Icelandic Central Bank in 1961!
There are between 35 and 50 active volcanoes in Iceland. There is generally an eruption every 3-4 years. There have been 40 volcanic eruptions in Iceland in the last 100 years!
The Icelandic horse has a unique gait, tölt, and is the only horse in the world that can do 5 gaits. There is a horse for every four Icelanders and there are twice as many sheep as people!