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

Compare with

Japan: 93%

Canada: 88%

USA: 87%

France 83%

Brazil: 57%

Cuba: 31%

Haiti: 12%


(O. Robert Jeanlouie, Monday, August 21, 2017)

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