Iceland

Flag_of_Iceland

Location: Northern Europe

Bordering Countries: None

Capital City: Reykjavik

Other Main Cities:  Akureyri, Mývatn, Þingvelir, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlon

Language(s): Icelandic

Population: 313, 000+

Religion: Church of Iceland (71.5%), Other and unspecified (9.16%), Catholic Church (3.7%), Lutheranism (1.9%),

Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK)

National Airlines: Air Iceland

Known for: puffins, whale watching, geyser, blue lagoon, small population, geothermal energy, nature, volcanos, Of Monster and Men, fishing industry, advanced gay rights, vikings, elves, myths, hot stews, sagas, Björk

Celebrations and Festivals: Westman Islands Camping Festival, Iceland Airways Music Festival, Gay Pride (Reykjavik), Culture Night (Reykjavik), Art Festival (Reykjavik), Rock Music Festival, Food and Fun Festival, Reykjavik International Film Festival, LungA Art Festival

Fun Facts…

  • The majority of Icelanders believe in elves
  • Iceland is almost the size of Ohio
  • On average, a volcanic eruption occurs every 4 years in Iceland
  • 60% of the Icelandic population live in the capital Reykjavik
  • There are no surnames in Iceland
  • Iceland has no forests
  • The consumption of Coca-Cola per capita is higher in Iceland than in any other country
  • New names must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee
  • Iceland banned strip clubs in 2010
  • Icelanders watch movies more than any other people in the world
  • Iceland does not have an army, navy or airforce
  • The Icelandic police do not carry guns as crime rates are extremely low
  • Mosquitoes don’t exist in Iceland