- a large island in the N Atlantic between Greenland and Scandinavia. 39,698 sq. mi. (102,820 sq. km).
- a republic including this island and several smaller islands: formerly Danish; independent since 1944. Capital: Reykjavik.
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Iceland has more writers and publishes more books per capita than any other country in the world.
“For us in Iceland this is not a very interesting question,” President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson says.
Nowadays Iceland and its Nordic neighbours are more trendy than ever.
The landscape here, like all of Iceland, has a primeval majesty.
From the wild weather to the harsh landscape, Iceland has its fair share of mystifying phenomena.The Elf Whisperer of Iceland
May 7, 2014
Iceland, men call it now, but surely it has as much fire as ice.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
It was on the model of the Constitution just established in Iceland.
It is the old Icelandic ordinance, but it has gone from Iceland.
There is, for example, a Snaefell in Man as well as in Iceland.
The father had come from Iceland, and lived in poor circumstances.
- an island republic in the N Atlantic, regarded as part of Europe: settled by Norsemen, who established a legislative assembly in 930; under Danish rule (1380–1918); gained independence in 1918 and became a republic in 1944; contains large areas of glaciers, snowfields, and lava beds with many volcanoes and hot springs (the chief source of domestic heat); inhabited chiefly along the SW coast. The economy is based largely on fishing and tourism. Official language: Icelandic. Official religion: Evangelical Lutheran. Currency: króna. Capital: Reykjavik. Pop: 315 281 (2013 est). Area: 102 828 sq km (39 702 sq miles)
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Iceland proclaimed its independence from Denmark in 1944.
It is a member of NATO.
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