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Iceland: the land of ice and fire' Holds Prominent Role in World Geopolitical Order.

Scottish and Irish hermits first inhabited Iceland but left after the coming of Pagan Nose people in the 9 th century. The Pagan Nose people framed the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing in 930 A.D. The Norway and the Denmark subsequently ruled over the Iceland. In 1875 the eruption of Askja volcano devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. The people in search of a better life emigrated mostly to Canada and the US. The Denmark granted limited home rule to Iceland in 1874 and finally in 1944 Iceland became an independent nation. Iceland is a country that has representative democracy and a parliamentary republic. The strategic alliance with world's dominating organisations always benefited Iceland economically, socially and politically.

Iceland Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures:

  • National Name:epublic of Iceland R
  • Capital: Reykjavik
  • Total area : 103,000 sq km (39,769 sq miles)
  • Population: 301,000 (UN, 2007)
  • Currency : Krona
  • Languages: Icelandic, English, Nordic languages, German widely spoken
  • Ethnicity/ Races:
  • Religion: Lutheran Church of Iceland 82.1%, Roman Catholic Church 2.4%, Reykjavik Free Church 2.3%, Hafnarfjorour Free Church 1.6%, other Christian 2.8%, other religions 0.9%, unaffiliated 2.6%, other or unspecified 5.5% (2006 est.)
  • GDP (Per Capita): homogeneous mixture of descendants of Norse and Celts 94%, population of foreign origin 6%
  • Life Expectancy: Male: 78.43 Years, Female: 82.76 Years (2008 est.)
  • Literacy: Male: 99%, Female: 99% (2003 est.)

Geography and Climate of Iceland:

Iceland is an island country with capital at Reykjavik is located in the North Atlantic Ocean between mainland Europe and Greenland. Iceland is the world's 18 th largest island and Europe's second largest island following Britain.

The Iceland enjoys sub polar oceanic climate. The North Atlantic Ocean Currents keeps the climate warm in lower attitude. The winters are mild and windy while the summers are damp and cool.

Culture and Cuisine of Iceland:

Iceland's culture is influenced both by its geography as well by its history. In the 9 th century Vikings settled in Iceland and provided a social structure that is based on love of freedom and self-respect. Icelanders are of Scandinavian origin having mixed Celtic descent. Freedom and respect for the individual are still at the heart of twentieth-century Iceland. Iceland has a plethora of culture and it's quite visible during its annual events when they present their literature, manuscript illuminations, woodcarvings and folk music.

Icelanders harvest their food directly from the surrounding nature. This includes seafood, mushrooms, berries, reindeer and lamb. Modern Icelandic cuisine is based on local ingredients, specifically lamb and seafood but often with some exotic additions and influences. In many homes the hearty food of the past like the heavy steaks with cream sauce and caramelized potatoes, is being pushed out in favor of pasta and fresh vegetables

Tourism and Attractions in Iceland:

Iceland offers every attraction that a tourist dreams of seeing. Whether they are active volcanoes, biggest glaciers or hot springs, Iceland has something for everyone. The combination of flora & fauna, ice & water, icecaps & glaciers and spouting geysers & steaming solfataras makes it a mystic place.

Lake Mývatn Conservation Area is one of the top tourist attractions due to its ecological activities. It is known for its bubbling mud flats, volcanic craters, newborn lava fields, teeming bird life, and crystal blue lake. The Westmann Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) is referred as a paradise at the end of the world. Teeming with wildlife and laden with natural beauty it remains a preferred tourist spot of Iceland.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Iceland include:

  • Lake Mývatn Conservation Area
  • The Westmann Islands (Vestmannaeyjar)
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Snaefellsjokull glacier
  • Thingvellir
  • The Blue Lagoon
  • The Árnesinga Folk Museum

Soon, Iceland tourists can venture inside dormant volcano

May 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

London, May 2 (ANI): Tourists to Iceland, who have a penchant for adventure, will be able to sign up for a tour that takes them inside the crater of a colossal volcano, from next month.

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April 24, 2012 at 2:36 PM

Hannover (Germany), April 23 (Xinhua-ANI): Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said here Monday China will adhere to the opening-up and reform policy, and welcome foreign investment.

Russell Crowe to play Noah in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic

April 23, 2012 at 3:08 PM

Melbourne, Apr 23 (ANI): Oscar winner Russell Crowe is to play Noah in the film 'Noah's Ark', Paramount Pictures and New Regency announced on Sunday.

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Chinese firm eyes Iceland resort

April 18, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Beijing, April 18 (IANS) A Chinese company is planning to develop an eco-tourism resort in Iceland.

Greenhouse gases may have loaded early atmosphere

March 29, 2012 at 1:36 PM

London, Mar 29 (ANI): Ancient Earth may have been warmed by the presence of green house gases, which made life possible on our planet, a new study including Indian origin scientist has suggested.

Apple has sold 3 million iPads since Friday

March 20, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Washington, Mar 20 (ANI): Tech giant Apple has announced that it has sold a whopping three million new iPad units since its sale began Friday.

Neanderthals were nearly extinct in Europe when modern humans arrived

February 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM

Washington, Feb 28 (ANI): An international team of researchers, studying ancient DNA, have suggested that most Neanderthals in Europe already were largely extinct 50,000 years ago - long before modern humans first arrived in the continent.

We can learn lessons from Vikings to adapt to global change

February 20, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Washington, Feb 20 (ANI): History can teach us how best to respond to climate change, conomic turmoil and cultural upheaval, which seems to be pressing concerns of today, cientists have suggested.

Brit couple wins 45 million pounds in lottery

February 10, 2012 at 8:29 PM

London, Feb 10 (ANI): A British man, who works as a painter and decorator, won more than 45 million-pound in Euromillions draw, along with his fiancee.

Brit couple wins 45 million in lottery

February 10, 2012 at 7:57 PM

London, Feb 10 (ANI): A British man, who works as a painter and decorator, won more than 45 million-pound in Euromillions draw, along with his fiancee.

Next supercontinent Amasia 'to form at north pole'

February 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM

London, Feb 9 (ANI): America and Eurasia will crash into each other over the North Pole in 50-200 million years time, scientists have claimed.

'Icelandic worm monster' caught on tape

February 9, 2012 at 8:14 PM

Melbourne, Feb 9 (ANI): A cameraman has shot footage of what appears to be a giant serpentine creature weaving its way through the icy waters of lake Lagarfljot in east Iceland.

Next supercontinent Amasia 'to form at north pole'

February 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

London, Feb 9 (ANI): America and Eurasia will crash into each other over the North Pole in 50-200 million years time, scientists have claimed.

'Icelandic worm monster' caught on tape

February 9, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Melbourne, Feb 9 (ANI): A cameraman has shot footage of what appears to be a giant serpentine creature weaving its way through the icy waters of lake Lagarfljot in east Iceland.

Massive volcanic eruptions may have triggered Little Ice Age

January 31, 2012 at 8:53 PM

Washington, Jan 31 (ANI): Researchers have shed new light on the onset and cause of Earth's Little Ice Age, a period of cooling temperatures that began after the Middle Ages and lasted into the late 19th century.

Massive volcanic eruptions may have triggered Little Ice Age

January 31, 2012 at 3:55 PM

Washington, Jan 31 (ANI): Researchers have shed new light on the onset and cause of Earth's Little Ice Age, a period of cooling temperatures that began after the Middle Ages and lasted into the late 19th century.

What will be the effect of global warming across the world

January 20, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): The impact of global warming could be similar across ecosystems, regardless of local environmental conditions and species, a new study suggests.

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January 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

Washington, Jan 20 (ANI): The impact of global warming could be similar across ecosystems, regardless of local environmental conditions and species, a new study suggests.

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