There are several strange things about people from all sorts of places and countries, but today, in our category of “Did You Know” we introduce you to interesting facts about the European country, Iceland. First of all, let us be done with all the rumors: Icelanders do not believe in elves and they not believe in having 13 Yule Lads (if that is even a thing). We are not saying the Iceland constitutes some peculiar people because that would be misstating the facts because every country has some peculiar. So go on ahead and read the ten things to know about Iceland.
10. Economic Reliance
Now the first thing that we need to report on our list of ten things to know about Iceland, is their economic reliance. Would you guys believe, that their entire economy depends upon fishing and fishing proceeds? Some countries have their economic dependence on agriculture, some have it on textile industry but Iceland has it on the fishes!
9. Greenery in Iceland : Things To Know About Iceland
The next fact on our list of ten things to know about Iceland is regarding the greenery in the country. Considering it is an ICE land, the fact that 1% of the country is covered in trees is still quite amazing, isn’t it?
8. Barter Trade
So did you guys know that in the old days, gold bricks were used for barter trading because money did not exist in those days? There were other things that were used for trading as well, whatever suited the needs to the people at that time. So what we are getting around to telling you is that in the year 1413, dried fish was used as money in Iceland.
7. Family Names
So the next interesting fact on our ten things to know about Iceland is regarding the names of the people in the country. So you guys know how we all like to call our elders with their proper names, how children have surnames and how families are distinguished by their family names right? Also, you all know how when people get married, the girl usually adds the husband’s own name or the husband’s family name to her own name, as part of her surname! Well this does not happen in Iceland. People in that country do not have surnames or family names, although of course there are a few exceptions.
6. 24 Hours of Sunlight
Now up next is a very interesting fact and those living in the United Kingdom might actually think this is the best piece of information that they have acquired regarding the country in our article, ten things to know about Iceland. It so happens that during the months of June and July, the country enjoys 24 hours of continuous sunlight. The best utilization of this time is perhaps playing golf at midnight, an experience that is surreal yet sublime at the outset but generally described to be mind-blowing.
5. National Sport
Iceland does not really have an officially declared national sport, but handball can pretty much be considered one and especially since the President declared it to be an important sport for the country (might the fact that the country won at the sport have anything to do with the gushing admiration for it?). Handball is popular amongst the Scandinavians as well although they are not as popular in the United States or even in the rest of Europe, so to speak. Some people consider soccer to be a violent sport but it is actually handball that ranks higher in terms of being fast paced and brutal.
4. The Cod Wars – Increasing The Exclusion Area of Their Fishing Territory
Next up on our list of ten things to know about Iceland is quite a story actually. As per a reliable source, “Since the 1950s, Iceland has often clashed with the British over the use of Icelandic waters for fishing. In Iceland, the fishing industry is pretty important and basically serves as the main source of food. So perhaps it is unsurprising that the “cod wars” started back in 1958 when Iceland decided they needed to increase the exclusion zone around their territory—this is the section of water that other countries are not allowed to fish in. Of course, the British government retaliated by sending their own navy to protect fishermen they had in the area, and considering how these things escalate, it wasn’t long before people were firing shots and ramming boats. Eventually, a diplomatic solution was decided upon and the British backed off. This same scenario ended up playing out twice more over the years, with Iceland eventually increasing the range of their exclusion zone from an original 6.5 kilometers (4 mi) to 320 kilometers (200 mi).”
3. The Cute Puffins
So puffins are these gorgeous black and white feathered birds with ginormous beaks that are so cute, you would actually want to eat them. Take a look at the picture above and you will get exactly what we mean. Did you guys know though, that the raw heart of puffin is actually considered a delicacy in Iceland and people actually love eating puffin as well? Personally, we would rather see the bird instead of digesting it!
2. Coca Cola
Saying that Coca Cola is not the national drink of the Icelanders would come as a shock for people who are well aware of their traditions but not that well rooted in the country. The reason it would be a shock is because Iceland consumes that highest amount of Coca Cola per capita, than any other country in the world!
1. Human Inhabitation
Last but not the least, as part of our list on ten things to know about Iceland, we would like to tell you that the place on this earth, that was inhabited by men, was Iceland! Yes you read that right and we don’t know whether it is the temperature, climate or the weather (which are all basically the same things), but when people found no other place to live, they started settling in Iceland!
So there you have it, this was our list of ten awesome things to know about Iceland and do let us know via your comments if you plan to shift to the country anytime soon.