Iceland

The Land of Fire, Ice, and Vegetation

Top 10 Facts

1. Despite the country's name, Iceland has a mild climate due to the Gulf Stream.

2. Iceland is one of the most volcanic regions on the planet.

3. Iceland has the highest life expectancy ever.

4. Iceland is a very appealing location for travelers, politics, and authors.

5. Iceland is famous for electing the first female country leader: Vigdis Finnbogadottir.

6. The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull was more devastating than the Mount St. Helens.

7. The Icelandic language originated in Germany and is similar to the Norwegian language.

8. Iceland is the fourth happiest nation of all (the happiest of all is Colombia).

9. The government of Iceland differs from the U.S. government because the latter is a democracy while the Icelandic government is a parliament.

10. Icelanders do not believe the origins of the Old Norse language.

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Fact #4

Iceland is a very appealing location for travelers, politics, and authors.

Fact #5

Iceland is famous for electing the first female country leader: Vigdis Finnbogadottir.

Fact #6

The 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull was more devastating than the Mount St. Helens.

Fact #7

The Icelandic language originated in Germany and is similar to the Norwegian language.

Fact #8

Iceland is the fourth happiest nation of all (the happiest of all is Colombia).

Fact #9

The government of Iceland differs from the U.S. government because the latter is a democracy while the Icelandic government is a parliament.

Fact #10

Icelanders do not believe the origins of the Old Norse language.