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2022-02-12 14:24:12

TOP strange customs of the inhabitants of Iceland

TOP strange customs of the inhabitants of Iceland

In this tiny island country there are no armed forces, a man and a woman after an official divorce do not stop communicating, and here they believe that blowing your nose is harmful to health. About some other differences in life in Russia and Iceland - in our material.

Relationships between people

The population density in this country is one of the smallest on earth, and the total number of residents of the state who have a passport is approximately equal to the number of citizens in small Sochi or Nizhny Tagil. Almost everyone is each other's friends, colleagues or family.

Therefore, there is no habit of locking the doors when you go to work or shopping, the keys to the car are left in the ignition without fear, as well as the baby stroller along with the offspring. Parting, it is customary to maintain friendly relations so as not to diverge, in addition to the former spouse, and with mutual friends-buddies. This is a very correct idea in all senses, whose attractiveness grows in the event of a couple's appearance of children: with parents who maintain decent relationships, it is easier for children to grow up to be healthy members of society.

They are also prone to social, political and social experiments. Iceland was the first country to indulge in an unconditional basic income, one of the first (along with Denmark and Norway) to partially transfer workers in some industries to a four-day working week, which had a positive effect on labor productivity: working less time, employees systematically produce more finished products.

Relationship with nature

As we have already mentioned, there are very modest indicators of population density - no more than three people per square kilometer. Therefore, is it any wonder that most of the inhabitants of the country prefer the suburbs to crowded urban conditions, and even life in nature, in a private house among the magnificent landscape?

Often you can find cozy small farms in the middle of meadow flowers, cottages on the slopes of mountains and hills, buildings on the shore (it is easy to guess that most often sailors or fishermen live here). The country is northern, but the climate is relatively favorable: the fall of the thermometer in winter below five degrees below zero is considered something of a natural disaster.

True, in the summer, the weather does not really indulge in diversity: exceeding the fifteen-degree mark is a kind of holiday. Such moderate weather conditions are due to a combination of a pair of ocean currents - warmer in the West and the cooler Gulf Stream in the eastern part.

So warm jackets and cotton pants are not in honor here, but no one will be surprised by a sweater with a Scandinavian pattern or a funny deer. They are made from the wool of the local breed of sheep. In the domestic market, sales are subsidized, so every Icelander from young to old can afford to buy a new one. But for export "driven" already at full cost, so products made of Icelandic wool are sold in expensive boutiques for crazy money.

However, the inhabitants of this country have other ways to keep warm. For example, immersion in one of the thousands of geothermal sources, the water in which comes from a depth of 300 meters to several kilometers. Hundreds of thousands, or even millions of years ago, geological activity sealed these waters in the thickness of the earth's crust, but time and fluidity did their job.

Geothermal waters here serve not only for bathing or ingestion, but also for heating housing, and even obtaining electricity. And even from the taps flows the same water saturated with sulfur or rare and valuable minerals. Probably, that is why there are so many centenarians who have moved beyond the century mark, and the average life expectancy of women has exceeded 81 years (men live a little less, as elsewhere, but their indicators can also be envied: in Russia they very rarely live up to 76 years).

Relationships on the Internet

Of course, this small island has not lost its connection with the continent. Local youth and older people, like their peers in Europe and the United States, are happy and enthusiastic to study the World Wide Web, communicating through social networks. The FB penetration rate here is close to 100%. In addition, there is a national portal Íslendingabók, through which anyone can thoroughly study their genealogy and find out the degree of kinship with any other registered user.

This, however, is not easy: the islanders do not use surnames, only the name and semblance of a patronymic formed by the name of the father or mother, with the addition of the suffix "-dottir" (for daughters)" or "-son" (for the son).

Iceland is also the only democratic country of its kind, where, choosing a child's name, you can face legislative restrictions. There is an official register of national names. If you want to use otherwise, you should file a formal petition: it will be considered, and – if the decision is affirmative – your name will be entered in the register.

Relations with other countries

Iceland is a peaceful and anti-militarist country. They don't have their own army and navy, air force and coast guard. People fully trust each other without fear of deception, lies and meanness. And, of course, they try not to cause problems to others.

It's hard to believe that these peaceful people were once Vikings. The last time a foreign soldier's foot stepped ashore was during World War II, when the Americans and British occupied the country for fear of a German invasion.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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