Iceland

The flag of Iceland

Iceland's flag was originally a blue flag with a white cross, and a red cross was added later to incorporate the colors of Denmark. The reason they incorporated the colors of Denmark was because at one point, Iceland was ruled by Norway and Denmark.
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Geography and Location

Iceland is located in Northern Europe; an island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, and northwest of the UK. It has more land covered by glaciers than all of Europe.

Government

Iceland has a Constitutional Republic, and for currency, uses the Icelandic kronur. It became a candidate to join the European Union in June 2010.

Tourism

A popular place to visit in Iceland is The Vatna Glacier, Europe's largest glacier, which lies across multiple beautiful mountain ranges. Other great places to visit are the capital, Reykajivik, and other major cities such as Keflavik, Selfoss, Grundartangi, and Höfn.

Interesting Facts

• Iceland experiences severe volcanic activity


• The last major eruption was in 2010


• They use native terms for new objects (ex. Computer = tölva, which is made of number and seer)

Citations

"Flag of Iceland." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2014. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/1355308/flag-of-Iceland>.


"Stay Connected." EU. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2014. <http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/countries/detailed-country-information/iceland/index_en.htm>.


Central Intelligence Agency. Central Intelligence Agency, n.d. Web. 17 Dec. 2014. <https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ic.html>.


"Iceland | History - Geography." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 18 Dec. 2014. <http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/281235/Iceland>.