Interesting facts about Iceland

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  • "Iceland", translated into Russian, means - "land of ice".
  • Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world. The city grew up on the site of a small farm, which was built here in the 9th century by the first settler of the island, Ingolv Arnarson. The name of the Icelandic capital, translated from Celtic means "smoking bay".
  • About 11% of the country's territory is covered with glaciers.
  • Althingi is the parliament of Iceland, has been in operation since 930 and is considered the oldest parliament still in force.
  • Despite the rather harsh climate, the average life expectancy of Icelanders is one of the highest in the world - about 80 years.
  • Fishing is the backbone of Iceland's economy. Fish and seafood make up 3/4 of the country's exports.
  • Iceland has 100% literacy. This country is the world leader in the number of books sold per capita. 93 percent of families have access to the Internet.
  • Icelanders do not have the usual surnames. Their surname is replaced by a patronymic, which consists of the father's name in the genitive case and the word "son" (son) for men, or the word daughter (dottir) for women. For example, the full name of the singer Bjork, sounds like Bjork Gudmundsdottir, that is, "daughter of Gudmund." Icelanders refer to each other by their first names.
  • Chess is one of the most popular sports in the country. In 1931, when the famous Russian grandmaster A. Alekhin came to Reykjavik, the parliament was dissolved for the holidays.
  • The name of the famous Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallayukutl can be pronounced correctly only by 0.05% of the world's inhabitants.
  • Icelandic hakarl is made with rotten shark meat.
  • Iceland is one of the few European countries where striptease is prohibited by law. The law came into force on July 1, 2010.