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Monday, June 16, 2008

Things you didn't know about Iceland

June 17 is the National Day of Iceland.

* According to the internationally respected global peace index, Iceland is the world's most peaceful nation.

*They have no army, navy or air force, however the island nation is naturally guarded by the fact that no-one wants to live there.

*Thanks in large part to the efforts of Greenpeace, Icelanders recently recommenced a lucrative export market of whalemeat to Japan.

*Icelanders don't have surnames.

* Hydro-electricity is so cheap in the nation, that other countries import aluminium ore to Iceland for smelting.

* the national sport of Iceland is glima, and there's nothing wrong with that.

Please stand for the Icelandic national anthem.

7 comments:

stackja1945 said...

Björk was born and raised in Reykjavík.

Björk has complained of being hounded by paparazzi. In 1996, two separate incidents involving them brought media attention. First, after a long flight to Thailand an exhausted Björk emerged from her aircraft at Don Muang Airport with her then 10-year-old son to find a group of journalists and cameramen waiting to greet her. When one reporter greeted her with the words "Welcome to Bangkok", and then laughed, Björk attacked the reporter and landed several blows before the mêlée was broken up. Björk even tried to go back and continue attacking the woman, but was helped onto a bus. Her record label said the reporter had been pestering her for four days.

Margo's Maid said...

Thanks stackja - Bjork is another reason no-one wants to live in Iceland.

Boy on a bike said...

"that other countries import aluminium ore to Iceland for smelting"

import?

RebeccaH said...

Are you sure glima is a sport? Looks more like a... erm... dance.

Margo's Maid said...

import, export...bugger

Margo's Maid said...

import, export...bugger

Margo's Maid said...

Apologies for the echo...