Icelanders have no last names.
The telephone directory is listed alphabetically by first names.
All new names given to children must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee
(Note: there is a similar rule in Argentina, for choosing children’s names).
There are no mosquitoes in Iceland.
Iceland is known as the Land of Fire and Ice.
Fire: the island has many lowly or potentially active volcanoes.
The highest ever temperature recorded in Reykjavik is 78*F, on July 30, 2008.
The lowest temperature was recorded on January 30, 1971, it was -3*F.
Iceland converted to Christianity in 1000 AD.
As per the country’s Constitution, the Lutheran Church is the official religion of Iceland.
90% Icelanders are Christian.
The longest Icelandic word is:
It has 64 letters.
Definition: “A keychain ring for the outdoor key of road workers shed in a moor called Vaðlaheiði”.
Despite the impression that Icelandic words are quite long, the average Icelandic word is 5.91 letter long, same as Portuguese (5.92), and less than English (!): 6.08.
English and Danish are compulsory subjects in school.
At least,10% Icelanders will publish a book in their lifetime.
People of more than 100 nationalities live Iceland.
Children of Iceland citizens are citizen-born.
Children born in Iceland, from foreigners, are not citizens.
Foreigners make up of 6% of the resident (non-tourist) population and the bulk of the workforce.
The strength of the Iceland democratic institutions ranks #2 in the world.
Iceland government transparency is ranked #13 in the world.
Iceland ranks #2 on the Quality of Life scale.
Iceland ranks #1 as “Most Peaceful Country in the World”
Iceland has no crime, no military, no terrorism, no political unrest.
Iceland has the strongest journalist protection law in the world.
85% of energy used in Iceland is clean and renewable, mostly hydroelectric and geothermal.
Only cars seem to run on petroleum-based products.
Renewable energy is cheaper.
98.2% Icelanders are connected to the Internet
(O. Robert Jeanlouie, Monday, August 21, 2017)
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