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20 Fun & Interesting Facts about Iceland

Updated on October 11, 2011

1. The population of Iceland is very small less than 300,000

2. Iceland is the first place that people classified a fox species more than 10000 years old

3. Main export business in Iceland is Fishing

4. Iceland has a couple of most active volcanos on the planet

5. Icelandic horses are breed for their superior performance

6. There are over 300 species of birds located in Iceland

7. The main religion in Iceland is Evangelical Lutheran where over 90% of the population

8. Icelandic high Schools go to the age of 20 years for most School Kids

9. Iceland is in the Guinness book of world records for drinking the most Coca-Cola with such a small population that is an incredible feat

10. The world’s first Republic government was founded in Iceland in 980

11. Iceland has the highest life expectancy of any other country in the world with Life expectancy, at 81.3 years for women and 76.4 for men

12. Most homes in Iceland are powered by Geo Thermal energy

13. James bond filmed a lot of movies in Iceland

14. Iceland is considered part of Europe and is the western most country of Europe

15. Iceland’s energy independence is almost complete with a current total of 70% of the energy resources already in Iceland

16. The first open air parliament was open in Iceland in 900 A.D

17. Iceland was first settled by exploring Vikings in 800 A.D

18. Iceland use to used dried fish as currency until around 1500 A.D

19. Beer was completely illegal in Iceland until 1989

20. Icelandic volcano Helgafell erupted for the first time in 7,000 yrs in January 1973


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  • juneaukid profile image

    Richard Francis Fleck 5 years ago from Denver, Colorado

    I enjoyed reading these facts especially after our recent visit to Iceland in May.

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    Kadmiels 6 years ago from Florida

    You would not be able to pick up the facts as quickly :) your welcome !

  • akune profile image

    akune 6 years ago from Surrey, England, United Kingdom

    If you were not writing these fact pages how could I pick up facts about countries quickly?