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Keflavik - Nazareth - Reykjavik
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Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Limited home rule from Denmark was granted in 1874 and complete independence attained in 1944. Literacy, longevity, income, and social cohesion are first-rate by world standards.. LOCATION: Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the UK CLIMATE: Temperate; moderated by North Atlantic Current; mild, windy winters; damp, cool summers BORDERS: None Located in the Atlantic Ocean northwest of Scotland and southeast of Greenland, Iceland is the second largest island in Europe. Occupying an area of 103,000 square kilometres, it is home to 272,000 people. Iceland’s first permanent settlers came from Norway and the population has pretty much survived on fishing and sheep herding for a living since then. The country came under Danish rule in the 14th century and only got full independence in 1944. The country has the oldest surviving parliament in the world - the Althing - which was established in 930. Iceland’s rugged terrain has fashioned a resilient and independent people. They have a rich literary tradition dominated by sagas – fact-based accounts of struggles, battles, heroics and occupations – which are considered the best of all Western medieval works.