Iceland is a European island country in the North Atlantic Ocean on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It has a total area of 39,769 sq mi and an estimated population of around 318,006 as of 2010.

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Is Iceland geographically part of North America?

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No. Though it is geographically closer to North America than it is to Europe, Iceland is considered part of Europe. It marks the border between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. No. Not really. Geographically, tectonically, about half of the Icelandic mainland is, indeed on the North American plate, but the idea of a continent developed long before anyone heard of tectonic plates. Culturally, ethnically, lingually, politically and historically, Iceland is a European country, despite some differences. But no, Iceland is generally [always] considered part of Europe. Of the Nordic (~Scandinavian) countries, Iceland has the most American influence, but Icelanders are highly indepentent with their own culture. (Icelandic culture isn't American, and hasn't really been affected by foreign influence.) But no. European. Not American. However, using strict geographical criteria instead of cultural ones, Iceland is indeed part of North America because it is closer to North America than Europe. Culture has no meaning in a geographical context. Is Australia part of Europe because they speak English there? Of course not. Nearby Canada also has a European culture, but this counts for nothing. Using geographical criteria only, YES, Iceland is part of North America. And so is Jan Mayen Island.
Asked in Black Death (Plagues), Iceland

What happened in Iceland during the Black Plague?

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The Black Plague did not affect Iceland until 1402; Fifty years after the original Black Death eruption. This may indicate it was a different strain of disease. It killed around 50% of Iceland's inhabitants. Source:
Asked in Fables and Folklore, Iceland

What are some myths and legends of Iceland?

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Iceland is home to many myths, the best being in my mind, the four corners. It is the story of a magician sent from Denmark to investigate Iceland. Check it out.
Asked in Volcanoes, Iceland

How did Iceland cope with the volcanic eruption?

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The volcanic eruption in 2011 was not large by Icelandic standards and didn't affect most Icelanders seriously. The people who had to go through the biggest struggles were farmers, who had to make sure all their animals would be safe. Icelandic farmers let their sheep, horses and usually cows be free in nature during the summer. The farms in southeast Iceland were most seriously affected. Iceland has learned to cope with volcanic eruptions because it has one of the highest concentrations of active volcanoes on Earth. This is a consequence of its location on the Atlantic ridge that is the boundary of two of Earth's major tectonic plates. Iceland has 13 volcanic systems that have shown activity since it was settled in AD 874. The most recent volcanic eruptions in Iceland were Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 and Grimsvotn in 2011. These were significant eruptions, but not large by the scale of Iceland's past eruptions. The eruption under Eyjafjallajökull ("glacier of Eyjafjöll") in 2010 made international news because the volcanic ash plume disrupted air travel in a large area of across western and northern Europe in April 2010. The eruption in May 2011 at Grímsvötn under the Vatnajökull glacier sent thousands of tones of ash into the sky in a few days. It was accompanied by small earthquakes and melting of the glacier, but the melting did not produce dangerous flooding as it had in past eruptions. The eruption produced a much greater volume of ash than the 2010 eruption but the ash was heavier and did not rise as high or travel as far as and caused much less disruption of air flights. Since late 2011 and into 2012 there were signs of activity at the much larger neighboring Katla caldera in Iceland. In the past, eruptions of this volcano have been preceded by its neighbor Eyjafjallajokull. Katla has produced some of the largest volcanic eruptions on Earth in the last thousand years.
Asked in Iceland, Horse Breeds

How do horses in Iceland survive in cold weather?

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Icelandic horses have adapted to the harsh winters and have learned to dig for food. They are small which means they do not require as much food as a larger or heavier horse. They grow exceptionally thick winter coats which are very oily to help shed moisture and they stay in herds for body heat.This, coupled with people caring for them has allowed them to survive on the island.
Asked in Sports, Olympics, Iceland, Weightlifting

How many medals have Iceland won in any Olympics?

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Iceland has won 4 total Olympic medals with the most being 1 in any Games ... 1) Vilhjálmur Einarsson - silver in men's triple jump at the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne. 2) Bjarni Friðriksson - bronze in men's half-heavyweight class judo at the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles. 3) Vala Flosadóttir - bronze in women's pole vault at the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney. 4) Men's handball team - silver at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing.
Asked in World War 1, Iceland

Who was King of Iceland During World War 1?

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Iceland was ruled by Denmark during World War I under King Christian X.
Asked in Iceland, Demographics

What is the percentage of black people in Iceland?

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Since Iceland is made up mainly from Nordic heritage, you will find very few black people in the country and I doubt the total even equals 1%. Now that that the NATO base has been disestablished - I'm sure there are even less.
Asked in Iceland

Where is Amway HQ in Iceland?

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Amway HQ is sponsored by Iceland
Asked in Chicago, Iceland, Flight Times

How long is the flight from JFK to Reykjavik Iceland?

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New York, NY (NYC) to Reykjavik (REK) Flight Duration 5 hours 45 mins
Asked in Tractors and Farm Equipment, Iceland, Japan

Which country has more tractors per capita Canada Iceland or Japan?

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Iceland has almost 3 times as many as the second highest per capita, which is Japan.
Asked in Genealogy, Iceland

What do you call Great Grandmother in Icelandic?

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In Icelandic your grandmother would be "amma" and your great-grandmother "langamma". One on-line translator renders it as "frábært amma" and "mikill-amma".
Asked in Countries, States, and Cities, Iceland

What is the capital of Iceland?

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The capital of Iceland is Reykjavik. Reykjavík has officially been the capital of Iceland since 1845.
Asked in Iceland, Latitude and Longitude

Is Iceland near the prime meridian?

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That kind-of depends on what you call 'near', doesn't it. The point on the east coast of Iceland that's nearest the Prime Meridian is at about 13.5° west longitude, roughly 390 miles from the nearest point on the meridian itself. For comparison . . . -- The point in the USA nearest the Prime Meridian (Barrow, Alaska) is about 1,290 miles from it. -- The point in South America nearest the Prime Meridian is about 2,350 miles from it.
Asked in Languages and Cultures, Iceland

What languages are spoken in Iceland?

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Iceland's only "de facto" official language is Icelandic. Danish and English are both required subjects in school, so they are also widely spoken. German is also a widely spoken foreign language. They have one language in Iceland, and its called Icelandic. They teach English and Danish in school though. English from 5th grade and up, and Danish from 7th grade and up. Icelandic is the language of Iceland. icelandic. in ice land they speak icelandic but nothing else Icelandic is the language spoken in Iceland. For second languages English is widespread, most can manage some Danish; German, French and Spanish are uncommon. The language of Iceland is Icelandic. It is a member of the Germanic family of languages and most similar to the ancestoral Scandinavian language Old Norse. It's also similar to Faroese, Norwegian, Danish and Swedish. People from Iceland speak Icelandic, Which is a Nordic language, much like Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. In Iceland they speak Icelandic. This is from wikipedia: Icelandic, a North Germanic language, is closely related to Faroese and some West Norwegian dialects icelandic Icelandic and English Icelandic, which is related to Faroese. Icelandic. They only have one language, its called Icelandic. Though they do teach English and Danish in school there. But they only use Icelandic Icelandic. They speak Icelandic, which is quite similar to old Norwegian and Swedish. yes....! icelandic -_- icelandic The official language of Iceland is Icelandic Icelandic. Icelandic. Or Íslenska like they say in Iceland :) Íslenska = pronounced eeslenskaa) its icelandic. But, you learn basic English and danish in school though. Icelandic, English, the Nordic languages, and German are widely spoken in Iceland. There are no other official languages in Iceland, but like all the Scandinavian countries, they speak English and usually at a very good level. Some Icelandic people may speak Norwegian, Danish or Swedish, but it all depends. -- The only languages spoken in Iceland, *besides Icelandic* are only languages you might expect from immigrants, about 7% of the population, in 2008. A large portion of these immigrants were non-permanent workers of some sort mainly from Poland, Lithuania or Thailand. Oh, and Icelanders are required by law to go to school ^^, and are therefore learn Danish, English and have the option of choosing German, French or recently Spanish. Iceland is a rare example of a monolingual society. The only two languages in Iceland are: Icelandic Icelandic sign language (only used by about 60,000 people). If you think of it a long time ago ( about year 1500) the vikings set sail on a light ship called the Drakor to explore the sea. They are the one to discover Iceland and Groenland. The vikings lived in Norway,Sweden and Finland which i think they have a language of there own so the Icelanders could speak these 3 languages and if you actually want to find out how about you go there yourself WIKIANSWERS ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!! spongebob too!!!!!!!!!:)
Asked in Iceland, Communication

What is the Icelandic greeting?

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Well they are few. Hi-Hæ, The Æ you can write as ae. You say it like well if you have hit your head on something. Hello-Halló, the ó as in o. How are you-Hvernig hefur þú það. the þ as in T and ð in d. Bye-Bæ. Good day-Góðan daginn. There are some videos on YouTube that can help a bit.

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