Interesting facts Iceland: 23 facts about Iceland you must know

Interesting facts Iceland

Interesting facts Iceland: Iceland is the most peaceful country in the world. Maybe it does not catch as much attention as other countries do, but it actually has interesting facts.

This time we bring you a collection of 23 Interesting Facts Iceland.

1. Iceland is a very small country, almost the size of the state of Ohio.

2. There are no forests in Iceland.

3. The beer was legalized until 1989.

4. 60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík.

5. The Icelandic language remains intact since the ancient Norse. That means that texts from 1,000 years ago can be easily read.

6. Your Coca-Cola consumption per person is higher than in any other country.

7. On average there is a volcanic eruption every 4 years.

8. Iceland creates pedestrian optical illusion steps to reduce the speed of cars.

9. Approximately 85% of Iceland’s energy comes from renewable resources, and more than half of that is geothermal.

10. Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.

11. Iceland has no railway system of any kind.

12. To have as a pet a snake, lizard or turtle is against the law.

13. The national sport of the country is Handball (Handball).

14. There are no surnames, Icelanders use the traditional system of Nordic names. The surname is conformed by the name of the father (or mother) and adding “Dóttir” in the case of women or “are” in the case of men.

15. Iceland does not have an army, navy or air force.

16. Iceland established democracy in 930, becoming one of the oldest democracies in the world.

17. The Icelandic police do not carry guns. Crime in Iceland is very low and violent crimes are almost nonexistent.

18. Iceland has the highest number of publications per person of books and journals, meaning that 10% of the country’s population will publish a book in their lifetime.

19. Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland.

20. Telephone directories list Icelanders by alphabetical name.

21. For Icelanders eating raw puffin heart is a delicacy.

22. Most Icelanders believe in elves and other Norse mythological creatures.

23. Names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Names Committee

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