History UsefulNotes / Iceland

16th Apr '16 12:36:46 AM Scoutstr295
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Suffered a large scale banking collapse and a drop in the value of its currency in 2008. This led to an odd situation where money and VendorTrash earned in ''EveOnline'' was worth more than their real currency (CCP Games is based in Iceland and the game's currency has the same code, ISK, as Iceland's krónur). The collapse was sufficiently bad that Iceland applied to the IMF for currency stabilization (something that rich countries haven't done on a large scale in quite some time) and applied to the EU for membership (before, Icelanders hadn't decided they needed it). The banking collapse affected the UK, where a lot of councils had banked with Icelandic banks.

However, the EU membership bid seems doomed since only one party supports it (and not whole-heartedly at that) and also because the question will have to be decided in a referendum, and polls show that as of now, about 70% of the population is against it. It doesn't help that Icelanders were left pretty [[StealthPun cold]] by what happened to some countries that received the EU's "help", like Greece…

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Suffered a large scale banking collapse and a drop in the value of its currency in 2008. This led to an odd situation where money and VendorTrash earned in ''EveOnline'' was worth more than their real currency (CCP Games is based in Iceland and the game's currency has the same code, ISK, as Iceland's krónur). The collapse was sufficiently bad that Iceland applied to the IMF for currency stabilization (something that rich countries haven't done on a large scale in quite some time) and applied to the EU for membership (before, Icelanders hadn't decided they needed it). However, the EU membership bid seems doomed since only one party supports it (and not whole-heartedly at that) and also because the question will have to be decided in a referendum, and polls show that as of now, about 70% of the population is against it. It doesn't help that Icelanders were left pretty [[StealthPun cold]] by what happened to some countries that received the EU's "help", like Greece. The banking collapse affected the UK, where a lot of councils had banked with Icelandic banks.

However, In 2013, Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson was elected prime minister on the EU membership bid seems doomed since only one party supports it (and not whole-heartedly at that) and also because the question will have to be decided in a referendum, and polls show promise that as of now, about 70% he would crack down on Iceland's foreign creditors. Three years later, the leaked "Panama Papers" revealed that Gunnlaugsson's wife possessed millions in an offshore bank account, money which was housed by the same shell corporation which was a creditor for the collapsed Icelandic banks. In other words, Gunnlaugsson's wife was one of the population is against it. It doesn't help that Icelanders were left pretty [[StealthPun cold]] by what happened very creditors he promised to some countries that received go after. Gunnlaugsson resigned soon after the EU's "help", like Greece…
leaks, raising the possibility of a snap election.
19th Mar '16 9:56:02 PM Dimas28
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Also notable is the language. North Germanic languages are already known for their conservative tendencies among the Germanic languages, but Icelandic takes it UpToEleven by practically being a carbon-copy of Old Norse, the language of the Vikings when they first settled the island in the 9th century, making it a real-life example of an EternalEnglish (or should we say, Eternal Norse?). Icelanders can simply read the works of Creator/SnorriSturluson (helps that he's also an Icelandic Viking) without any prior learning of Old Norse at all; though the works might feel a bit archaic at times, it's still perfectly understandable for them than it is to, say, the Danes. Icelandic orthography also preserves many archaic letters that have been long lost in other modern Germanic languages, like the Þ (basically what would happen if ''th'' is a single letter). Faroese, the language of Iceland's closest neighbor, the Faroese Islands, is closely related to Icelandic and also famously conservative.
24th Nov '15 12:13:55 AM jormis29
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* The first level of ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Double Agent'' takes place in Iceland.

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* The first level of ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Double Agent'' ''VideoGame/SplinterCellDoubleAgent'' takes place in Iceland.
6th Oct '15 4:39:16 PM GoryDetails
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* The webcomic ''Webcomic/StandStillStaySilent'' is set in a post-apocalyptic world where Iceland is the largest "safe area". Of the main characters, stowaway Reynir Arnason is Icelandic, and Icelandic lore and language sneaks in among the other Nordic-country elements.

12th Sep '15 11:46:13 PM nombretomado
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* Halldór Laxness, novelist, poet, playwright and the winner of the 1955 NobelPrizeInLiterature.

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* Halldór Laxness, novelist, poet, playwright and the winner of the 1955 NobelPrizeInLiterature.UsefulNotes/NobelPrizeInLiterature.
5th Sep '15 7:17:39 PM nombretomado
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It and Norway were the most developed nations in the world in 2007. Iceland is a member of {{NATO}}, but not of UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion (it has EFTA membership, the next closest thing).

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It and Norway were the most developed nations in the world in 2007. Iceland is a member of {{NATO}}, UsefulNotes/{{NATO}}, but not of UsefulNotes/TheEuropeanUnion (it has EFTA membership, the next closest thing).
16th Aug '15 10:18:57 PM qazwsx
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* Riley Blue (née Gunnarsdóttir) from ''Series/{{Sense8}}'' is an Icelandic DJ who living in London. She returns home to Reykjavik in the later part of season 1.

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* Riley Blue (née Gunnarsdóttir) from ''Series/{{Sense8}}'' Gunnarsdóttir), one of the main characters of ''Series/{{Sense8}}'', is an Icelandic DJ who and sensate living in London. She London, though she later returns home to Reykjavik in the later part of season 1.
Reykjavik. Yrsa is another Icelandic sensate, and she serves as a protector to Riley.
16th Aug '15 10:12:23 PM qazwsx
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* Riley Blue (née Gunnarsdóttir) from ''Series/{{Sense8}}'' is an Icelandic DJ who living in London. She returns home to Reykjavik in the later part of season 1.
11th Jul '15 4:44:20 PM Bat178
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* The first level of ''VideoGame/SplinterCell: Double Agent'' takes place in Iceland.
8th Jul '15 9:29:17 AM TheWanderer
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* Magnús Ver Magnússon, a famous strongman who won the WorldsStrongestMan competition 4 times during the 90s.
* Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, another strongman, (inspired to become one by the aforementioned Magnús Ver Magnússon, after [[CareerEndingInjury a knee injury ended his budding basketball career]]) best known for playing [[TheBrute The Mountain]] in ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
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