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The atlantic puffin is a seabird. 60% of the worldwide atlantic puffin population is found in Iceland, the rest can be found in Norway, Greenland, Newfoundland and North Atlantic islands.



  • 15 June 2020: Iceland starts testing passenger arrivals as an alternative to an 14 day quarantine. (RTE)
  • 13 March 2020: Mass gathering ban of 100 people takes effect in Iceland due the Covid-19 pandemic. (reuters)
  • 9 February 2020: Hildur Guðnadóttir (pictured) becomes the first Icelandic composer to win an Oscar. (billboard)
  • 19 December 2019: Red weather alert as a storm hits Iceland. (the guardian)

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Icelanders (Icelandic: Íslendingar) are a North Germanic ethnic group and nation who are native to the island country of Iceland and speak Icelandic.

Icelanders established the country of Iceland in mid 930 A.D. when the Althing (Parliament) met for the first time. Iceland came under the reign of Norwegian, Swedish and Danish kings but regained full sovereignty and independence from the Danish monarchy on 1 December 1918, when the Kingdom of Iceland was established. On 17 June 1944, the monarchy was abolished and the Icelandic republic was founded. The language spoken is Icelandic, a North Germanic language, and Lutheranism is the predominant religion. Historical and DNA records indicate that around 60 to 80 percent of the male settlers were of Norse origin (primarily from Western Norway) and a similar percentage of the women were of Gaelic stock from Ireland and peripheral Scotland. (Full article...) edit:

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  • ...that the Vatnajökull glacier covers more than 8% of Iceland?
  • ...that after missing four Summer Olympics, Iceland has sent athletes to compete in every Summer Olympics since 1936?
  • ...that the oldest swimming pools in Iceland was built in 1923?

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The following are images from various Iceland-related articles on Wikipedia.
  • Image 1Jón Sigurðsson. (from History of Iceland)

  • Image 2Nineteenth-century depiction of a session of the Alþingi. (from History of Iceland)

  • Image 3Iceland on the carta marina by Olaus Magnus. (from History of Iceland)

  • Image 4Erik the Red was the first European to explore Greenland. (from Culture of Iceland)

  • Image 5A typical Þorramatur assortment. (from Culture of Iceland)

  • Image 6United States F-15 fighter jets at Keflavík Air Base. (from History of Iceland)

  • Image 7Christian III of Denmark. (from History of Iceland)

  • Image 8Hannes Hafstein, first Prime Minister of Iceland and... ...read more

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