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20. December, 2006 - 21:45:00

As promised here is the english version of my essay wich I did for history here in Italy. I guess the teacher is really interested in me and Iceland because every time we have an essay I’m supposed to do something about Iceland. This time the topic was “what do I like about Iceland”. Yeah. As simple as that. I mean, what are you supposed to say?? She gave me an example “I like Iceland because it’s cold”, I don’t know about you but I don’t particularly like that part.

Anyways, I sat down and wrote the pros and cons about life and this is what came out. Read on:
Living in a land just below the arctic circle isn’t always easy. Long, dark winters are depressing and the harsh weather can be frustrating. Of course life isn’t all bad, on the contrary, the fantastic nature, the 24-hour daylight summer and the over all quality of living make it all well worth while.

One of the first things that come to mind when I think of Iceland is the incredible nature. About two hours’ drive form Reykjavík, the capital, you find Gullfoss one of Europe’s most impressive waterfalls, and Geysir, one of the most famous geysers and the one the word derives from. Nature is also very diverse; from the northern fjords, surrounded by mountains to the treeless fields in the south where you can see well over, with distant mountains filling the horizon, and from moon-like deserts to a lagoon where Europe’s largest glacier braeks into the water creating an impressive spectacle of water and ice.

Our use of nature doesn’t end with admiring it’s beauty. We use geothermal energy to heat our houses and hydro and geothermal energy to produce over 99% of the electricity we use, saving us billions and not to mention sparing the environment from greenhouse gases. In fact, Iceland owes most of it’s wealth to the nature, with this use and with fishing providing 40% of exchange revenue.

And Iceland’s wealth is considerable. It is one of the richest countries in the world, reaching fifth on purchasing power (per capita). This helps to make Iceland very technologically advanced with almost every home at least one computer and a good Internet connection, in fact Iceland has the highest number of broadband connections per capita. High-schools have computers and projectors in every classroom with more computers in the corridors for students to use, although many of them already have laptops, one school even requires students to have them. Much of the homework is done in computers and “handed in” over the Internet.

Being positioned in the middle of the North-Atlantic Ocean, just below the arctic circle and where the Gulf-stream meets cold arctic water, makes a pretty interesting cocktail. The weather is very unstable and unpredictable. We say that if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes and often that is true. Another downside of the position is the fact that we have to import most things we use and eat, making Iceland the most expensive country in Europe, 50% above the average price of products and services.

Because Iceland is so northerly the winters are long and dark. In December we can have as little four hours of very weak sunshine a day, making winter very depressing. It is also windy with many storms a year. The quiet nights with countless stars and the northern lights are incredibly beautiful. The dark winters make the bright summers all the more enjoyable. The summers are not too hot and it rains a lot, but I really love them.

Only about 300.000 people can say they are Icelandic and yet we have our own language which no one else understands. America doesn’t have a unique language and Italy doesn’t have the crazy weather or the beautiful northern lights. Not many people know much about Iceland except for having beautiful women, Geysir and some other stereotypes, which give it a mythical element. This is what I love about being Icelandic, it’s special.

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  1. Don´t forget the booze man.

    Icelandic womens are the most sluts you can find anywhere in the world, everybody is always drunk and Reykjavík is the party capital of the world!

  2. Yeah well, you’ve got to think about the audience when writing essays. My teacher probably wouldn’t care too much for that information, he’s more into the “oh what a beautiful nature” stereotype

  3. yeah iceland is filled with sluts but still Ingvar just cant find one that will do him!

    So sad…..

  4. Hehehehe, good shot Anna, allthough not true ;)

  5. i just think its time to face the truth honey

  6. Dem, you must be so bored, the only thing you can do is sit at home at saturday nights and viewing this blog.

  7. Hæ Gunnar minn,
    Þetta er virkilega góð ritgerð hjá þér – ég vissi að þú þyrftir ekki aðstoðar við :-) Raunar barst mér sú saga til eyrna að þú hefðir skrifað ritgerðina á ítölsku og þótti mér það mikið afrek. Gaman væri nú að frétta hvort sú saga sé sönn. Nú, svo gætirðu e.t.v. snarað henni yfir á dönsku svona bara til að missa ekki þá færni niður meðan þú ert í útlöndum ;-) Vonandi hafðirðu það annars gott á jóladag.

  8. Ég átti að gera hana á ítölsku, en beilaði þegar ég var kominn nokkra daga fram yfir skilafrest (eins og mér einum er lagið) Ég ætlaði hins vegar að þýða hana á ítölsku en það hefur gengið brösulega :-( Ætla samt að reyna að klára það áður en að skólinn byrjar aftur.

  9. WHAT!!!!! an essey about Iceland and you don´t talk about the magnificent puffins?? ashame..ASHAME…..


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