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A Few Facts About Iceland

A Few Facts About Iceland

When most people think of Iceland, they think that it has lots of ice, but that isn’t the case.  Iceland is hardly icy at all.  The size of Iceland is 103.000 sq.km, bigger than Portugal and a little bit smaller than Cuba.  Iceland has a population of 325.000 people. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. Reykjavík is the capital city with a population around 120.000 and over 200.000 in the capital region.  The official language of Iceland is Icelandic but English is widely spoken and understood.  Most Icelanders are members of the Lutheran State Church around 80%.  Almost 5% of people practice ásatrú the traditional Norse religion.  Main industries are fish processing, hydropower, geothermal power, aluminum smelting and tourism.   We have a few glaciers but Vatnajökull glacier is the largest in Europe.  The settlement of Iceland began in 874 when the viking, Ingólfur Arnarson became the first permanent settler on the island.

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