Interesting facts about Iceland

Interesting facts about Iceland

Beside already known facts about this island-country, there are many more. If you know only one, that has to be related to the volcanoes. Everybody knows that Iceland has many volcanic mountains, but do you know:

  • That mothers leave their babies outside of the coffee houses while they are inside, drinking coffee? They can observe their baby through the window and a baby will continue sleeping. If a mother brings a baby inside, she will wake up.
  • There are no family or surnames in Iceland. Actually, there are some, but they are usually Danish.
  • Most of the people who live in Iceland use big 4WD cars with massive tires. They are needed, so they can move through harsh terrain.
  • There are 130 volcanic mountains in Iceland. In the last 1100 years, 18 of them erupted.
  • Glaciers and lakes cover 14% of the surface. The world largest glacier, outside the poles, is Vatnajökull. It covers 8% of the country’s land area.
  • Icelanders watch movies: 5 times more than Japanese, 3 times more than Germans and 2 times more than Western European average.
  • Apparently, Iceland has the second best life quality in the world.
  • Almost every person in Iceland creates art or write. This country has the highest number of artists and writers per capita.
  • Since 1989, beer has been banned. It can be only bought inexpensive, special shops (state-owned) or in restaurants and bars with special permission. The legal drinking age is the highest in Europe. Only people older than 20 years can drink alcohol.
  • The government banned strip clubs in 2010 and prostitution in 2009. Now, they are planning to ban online pornography.

 

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