To oppose corruption & do something about it using the power of people in numbers. And to succeed because the right to have rights is stronger than the desire to be controlled by cronies.
"I'm sick of the man sticking it to us, let's mobilize the people and start Icelanding!"
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An island in the Atlantic Ocean north of England. Known for it's volcanos, beautiful nature and of course the Blue Lagoon. Low crime rate and a pretty cool country to live in. Sigur Rós is from Iceland.
Ever been to Iceland?
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the real most bad-ass bad-ass they got kicked out of normal scandinavia. they make chuck norris look like a small child.
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Iceland is, as has been well documented, a small island in the North Atlantic. It was settled in the 9th century, mainly by Norwegians and other Scandinavians, but also by a few Celts from Scotland and Ireland. There is a theory that the Norwegians in particular left for Iceland to escape the growing tyranny and expanding power of the Scandinavian Kings, especially King Harald Fair-hair of Norway. The first settler was Ingolfur Arnarson, arriving in 870 AD, and he built a farm on the site of modern day Reykjavik, the capital. Iceland was the first republic and developed a system of proto-democracy with a national Parliament called the Althing established in 930 AD, and a very sophistocated system of law developed. This was surprisingly liberal; women had practically equal rights to men. For instance, they could take part in legal proceedings and declare themselves divorced whenever they wished, whilst retaining all property rights. Considering women only got equal property rights in Britain in the 19th century, this is impressive I feel.
The term 'Viking' as an ethnic term is wrong; to the Scandinavians it meant specifically a raider, so not all, or even most, Icelanders were Vikings. Practically all were simple farmers. No towns existed in medieval Iceland, and farms were self-sufficient units.
An Icelander was the first to land on Greenland, which was settled by Eirik the Red after he had been outlawed from Iceland, who called it this to make it more attractive to other settlers. It was his son, Leifur, nicknamed Leif the Lucky, who was the first European to set foot on the continent of North America (not Christopher Columbus) around 1000 AD, the year in which Iceland became Christian by democratic vote. Leif christened the area Vinland, after the wild grapes he found there. Nobody has been able to prove the exact location of Vinland.
Geographically, Iceland is mostly volcanic, and large areas of it are covered in lava fields. It has geysers, hot springs and sulphorous jets of steam coming from the ground, as well as active Volcanoes. The amount of geothermal energy at her disposal means that Iceland is a very environmentally green country. However, it also means that all the washing water smells slightly of egg. Iceland also has Europe's most powerful waterfall (Dettafoss) and Europe's largest glacier (Vatnajokull), which did feature in the James Bond film 'Die Another Day'.
Iceland is famous for its medieval literature, which ranks as amongst the finest in the world. These are mostly sagas, the most famous being Egil's Saga, Njal's Saga, Laxdaela Saga and Volsunga Saga, the last of which was a major inspiration for Tolkein and Wagner. However, Iceland also produced histories such as The Book of Icelanders and The Book of Settlements by Ari the Learned, and the most important source on Norse mythology, Prose Edda by Snorri Sturluson.
Icelandic has changed relatively little since then, and the system of patrynomics, and sometimes matrymonics is still used. For example if a man called Njal Eiriksson had a son and a daughter, they might be called Ingolfur Njalsson and Gudrun Njalssdottir; they would not have the surname Eiriksson.
In 1262, Iceland came under the control of Norway, and Denmark in 1380, but regained Home Rule in 1874 and became fully independent in 1944. Today, Iceland is most commonly known for musicians Bjork and Sigur Ros, being the most expensive country in Europe, puffins and reindeer, the Northern Lights, and being cold. However, this does not even come close to doing justice to this beautiful, sometimes bleak, truly unique landscape and its rich and fascinating history and mythology.
Iceland is my favourite European country apart from my own. I wish I was Icelandic.
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The language Icelandic people speak.
The Icelandic alphabet:
a á b d ð e é f g h i í j k l m n o ó p r s t u ú v y ý þ æ ö

An example of Icelandic:
Heyrðu, kemur þú í myndbandaleiguna á eftir, en ekki fyrr en klukkan fjögur vegna þess að ég er að fara í afmæli til ömmu minnar.

Hey, are you coming to the video rental store later, but not until 4 o'clock because I'm going to my grandmother's birthday.

Another example:
Hvað gerðir þú um helgina?
Ég heimsótti systur mína og við horfðum á kvikmyndir til klukkan fimm um nótt.

What did you do this weekend?
I visited my sister and we watched movies to five o'clock.
I know it's stupid but it contains words that people often use in Iceland.

Another example:
Ég hata Jónu, hún sagði að ég væri tík og hóra!
Ég vona að hún fari til helvítis.

I hate Joanne, she said that I was a bitch and a whore!
I hope she goes to hell.

Another example:
Sonur sæll, þegar þú ferð til ömmu þá segirðu "Góðan dag amma mín, en hvað þú ert falleg."
Svo verðurðu kurteis við hana vegna þess að hún býr ein heima hjá sér.

Son, when you go to granny's you say "Good day grandma, you look beautiful today."
Then you will be nice to her because she lives alone.

Iceland is the small island east of Greenland and west of Norway in the upper-middle of the Antlantic-Ocean.
It's a part of Europe although it's half in it's still considered as being part of Europe.
I love this country the most, icelandic is the best language of all time.
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John: Hey, did you know Icelanders drink the most Coca-Cola in the world per capita?

Hawley: Ísland, bezt í heimi!
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Iceland is a country where the weather gets very cold and all the people are incredibly attractive and talented.
"Oh my god that guy's so hot!"
"Well, yeah, he's from Iceland."
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