Iceland

By Autumn Englehart

Iceland and the European Union

Iceland joined the European Union in July 2009. Iceland was not a founder of the European Union. Iceland was never part of another country.

Location

Iceland is an island. Ice covers 10% of Iceland. Greenland ( another island) is located 753.38 miles northwest from Iceland. The next closest island- the Faroe Island- is located 690 kilometers southeast from Iceland.

Cities

The capital of Iceland is reykjavík. Some important and popular surrounding cities is laugardalur, Hafnarfjördur, and landsmót. Every year, a sports camp kind of like the Olympics is held in laugardalur. In hafnarfjördur, The largest festival in Iceland takes place called the Vikings festival. Viking battles and families dressing up like Vikings are at the Viking festival. In landsmót, people from all over the world go and see the best horse riders and horses in Iceland. People can watch the horses compete and perform.

Flag

I celand's flag is a red and white cross on the left side of a blue flag. Each different color represents a different Feature in natures geography. The blue represents the Atlantic ocean that surrounds the island. The red represents the fire and lava that comes out of the volcanoes on the island and the white represents the snow that blankes most of the island.
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Tourism

When people go to Iceland, they should visit Vatnajökull because it is the largest national park in Iceland and has all of the Vatnajökull glacier. The Vatnajökull glacier is the largest Icelandic glacier and covers more than 8% of Iceland.

Geographical Features

Geographical features in Iceland include the Vatnajökull glacier, Mount Bardhār( which is partially in the vatnajökull glacier), and the Greenland Sea which surrounds the northern part of the country.

Government and currency

The government type is republic. The currency type is Icelandic króna.

Interesting facts

Some interesting facts about Iceland are that Icelanders drink more coca cola per capita than any other nation. Another fact is that three Icelandic women were crowned miss world. The final fact is that the Black Death hit Iceland in the 1400s, sickening more than half the population.