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Last update : 13 February 2019

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Capital : Reykjavik
Language :  Icelandic
Currency :  Icelandic króna
Population : 337 610
Area : 103 000 km2

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Iceland facts

1. Independence from Denmark was obtained on June 17, 1944.
2. The population density is 3 persons / km2.
3. The country is similar in size to Poland.
4. The main religion is Lutheranism.
5. The highest peak is Hvannadalshnúkur, 2110 m above sea level.
6. The longest river is Þjórsá – 230 km.
7. The full name of the country – the Republic of Iceland.
8. Political system – democracy.
9. A traditional dish is hangikjöt – smoked or boiled mutton.

11. The first inhabitants of Iceland were Irish monks who treated the island as their hermit until the beginning of the ninth century.

12. In 1413 dried fish was used as money.

13. There are 13 Saint Mykols in Iceland.

14. Only 1% of Iceland is overgrown with forests.

Author: Turyst

15. Until March 1989 beer in this country was forbidden.

16. Iceland is the least populated country in Europe.

17. The Icelandic language has been virtually unchanged for the last 1000 years.

18. In 1980, the Icelanders chose the first woman in the world – Finnbogadóttir Vigdis, to be the head of state.

19. Icelanders have the largest number of books in the world, counting per capita.

Author: MR

20. Saint Nicholas brings naughty children to a potato.

21. The country is famous for many waterfalls. There are about 10,000 of them.

Author: Oleńka

22. In Iceland, over 80% of the population believe in elves.

Author: poznajnieznane

23. To keep snow on the sidewalks and streets in winter, it is heated with warm water.

24. The largest group of foreigners living in this country are Poles.

25. An average of 90 kg of fish per person is eaten annually.

26. The spice is sea algae.

27. There is no railway in this country.

Author: Wyspiarz

28. In this country, tipping is considered offensive.

Author: alfa

29. The cities are called settlements that have only 200 inhabitants.

Author: Renata

30. In this country you can not officially treat dogs as pets.

Author: LiterkaM

31. In Iceland since 2010, strip clubs are illegal.

Author: LiterkaM

32. The Polish Prince Polo wafers are one of the most popular imported goods in Iceland.

Author: Oczko

33. 90% of farms are supplied with hot water obtained from geothermal sources.

Author: Teeen

34. It is a country of writers. Statistically, 10% of Icelanders will publish a minimum of one book in their lives.

35. Over 90% of Icelanders have green or blue eyes.

Author: Katarzyna

36. A traditional Icelandic dish is rotten shark meat.

37. According to Saga about Erik the Red, Icelandic Wiking – Leifur Eriksson discovered America around the year 1000.

38. The Icelandic language is one of the most difficult languages ​​in the world.

39. There are 15 active volcanoes in Iceland.

40. The three largest glaciers in Europe are in Iceland.

41. In phone books first name is given, followed by surname. To facilitate the search for a specific person, a profession is often added.

42. There are no reptiles or amphibians in Iceland. You can meet over 1200 species of insects for this.

43. In summer, four times as many sheep live in Iceland than in people.

Author: Grzegorz

44. Until 1968, this country had left-hand traffic.

45. It is the only country in Europe where bananas are grown in greenhouses.

46. Icelanders do not pay for electricity or hot water.

47. Icelanders drink the most in the world Coca-Cola by converting per capita.

48. It is the only country in the world where patronymic names appear in their original form. They are created on the basis of the father’s name, eg Søren’s son is Sørensen, and the daughter is Sørensdottir.

49. It is the most closed ethnic group in Europe. There is an application that allows Icelanders to check if they are related to a selected person.

50. Iceland is inhabited by 60% of the world’s puffin population – water birds, which in the past were one of the main foods for the local population.

Author: Grzegorz

51. In Iceland there is no minimum wage set by the government.

52. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 615,000 kr.

53. The amount of income tax in Iceland is 20%.

54. Men and women can retire at the age of 67.

55. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 3.7% .

Author: Daria

56. The richest Icelander is Thor Bjorgolfsson with assets worth over $1.3 billion.

Author: $$$NaBogato$$$

57. In Iceland, an average person consumes about 7.1 liters of pure alcohol per year.

Author: AlkoWorld

58. The national alcohol is brennivin aka called “black death”.

59. The most beer is beer – 62%, then wine – 21%, spirit – 16.5%, and other alcoholic beverages – 0.5%.

Author: AlkoWorld

60. In this country, compulsory education lasts 11 years.

Author: EduKacJa

61. The beginning of education begins at the age of 6.

62. The average IQ level is 101.

Author: EduKacJa

63. In this country there is 1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 3,313 people).

Author: Reebeka

64. The national animal is the falconry of the bacus.

Author: Kos

65. The built-up speed limit is 50 km / h.

66. Outside the built-up area, the permitted speed is 90 km / h.

67. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

68. In 2013, 15 people lost their lives as a result of traffic accidents.

69. 20% of fatal accidents caused people under the influence of alcohol.

70. Over 246,000 motor vehicles are registered in this country (742 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants).

Author: AutoMania

71. The outbreak of Laki volcano on June 8, 1783, killed 9,350 people (25% of the population).

Author: Fiorella

72. In this country there are over 12,890 km of paved roads (0.02% of all roads in the world).

73. In this country there are 96 airports, 7 with paved surface.

Author: Marlène

74. The average internet connection speed is 12.4 Mb / s, and the maximum speed is 52 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

75. In this country over 323 000 (2015) 334 303 (2018) people have access to the internet ( about 100% of the population).

Author: NET

76. The national top-level domain is .is . There are over 41 160 websites with such an extension.

77. The most popular pages with the extension .is are: who.is, good.is and google.is.

Author: http

78. The country has over $4,373,000,000 in foreign exchange reserves (0.037% of foreign currency reserves of all countries in the world).

Author: Vinamra

79. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $17 216 000 000 ,
      – in 2018 the year is $23,910,000,000 .

80. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 86.4% GDP, or around: $14,874,624,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 42.3% GDP, or around: $10,113,930,000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $30,527.

81. The foreign debt at the beginning of 2015 of the year was around: $97 870 000 000 .

Author: Komornik

82. 23% of adults living in this country are overweight.

Author: Łasuch

83. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 40 cigarettes a month.

Author: VViki

84. In this country homosexual marriages are legal since June 27, 2010.

Author: Tęczowy

85. The lowest temperature: -37.9 °C was measured in Grímsstaðir.

86. Iceland is one of the 12 countries in the world that on April 4, 1949, after signing the North Atlantic Treaty, formed a political and military organization called NATO.

Author: Weteran

87. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

Author: Nadia

88. The highest temperature: 30.5 °C was measured in Djúpivogur.

Author: weather

89. The most deadly disease in this country is heart failure.

Author: medi

90. In this country, women having their first child on average 27 years old.

Author: Nadia

91. The average life expectancy in this country is 82.3 years (women – 83.8 years and men – 80.7 years).

Author: Wilga

92. A woman gives birth to 2 children on average

Author: Nadia

93. In 1955, Halldór Laxness received the literary Nobel Prize.

Author: redsun

94. The average age people living in this country is 36 years old.

95. The country is around:
68,000 people (20.43%) in the age range 0-14 years.
219,000 people (65.79%) in the age range 15-64 years.
45 900 people (13.78%) over 65 years old.

96. In this country, about 4,600 children are born each year (1.4% of the population), and about 2,100 people die (0.6% of the population).

Author: Sara19

97. There is no change in winter time for summer in Iceland.

Author: Wroga

98. In this country, the most people in the world are anti-depressants, 118 people in 1000.

Author: Liliana

99. In December 2013, for the first time in Iceland’s history, a policeman shot an armed criminal.

100. In this country, there is so little crime that prisoners serve less than 200 prisoners.

Author: Luiza

101. Left-sided traffic was in force until May 26, 1968.

Author: AutoMania

102. In this country, a person of 15 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

103. There are 15910 km2 of agricultural land in Iceland (16% of the country).

104. 303 people in 1000 possess firearms.

105. Möðrudalur á Fjöllum is the highest city in the country.

106. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 5 days.

107. The country joined the UN on November 19, 1946.

108. The work week is 40 hours.

109. 93% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

110. 492 km2 of the country is covered by forests (0.5%)

Author: Statyk

111. In this country, the amount of income tax for individuals is 46%, and for companies 20% (2018).

112. The tax on goods and services is 24% (2018).

113. The level of inflation in 2018 is 2.7%.

Author: Fan%

114. Around 240,000 (2015) 40,000,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

Author: NET

What is the highest mountain in Iceland?
The highest peak in Iceland is Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in Iceland?
The largest river in Iceland is Þjórsá – 230 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in Iceland?
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What is the national dish?
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Which Iceland has national colors?
National colors: blue, white and red.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
The national alcohol is brennivin aka called “black death”.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
The national animal is the falconry of the bacus.

answer: Marta

What is the national sport?
Handball is a national sport.

answer: Marta

Which countries borders Iceland?
It is an island country, no terrestrial borders.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age people living in this country is 36 years old.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
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What is the population density in Iceland?
The population density is 3 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
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What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 30.5 ° C was measured in Djúpivogur.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -37.9 ° C was measured in Grímsstaðir.

answer: Marta

With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?
In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 20.

answer: Marta