1. Apollo astronauts trained in Iceland because it was felt that the terrain would most resemble the surface of the moon.
  2. The parliament of Iceland, established in 930, is the oldest active parliament in the world.
  3. Beer was illegal in Iceland until March 1, 1989. Now, the date is celebrated every year in Reykjavik as Bjordagur, or Beer Day.
  4. In Iceland, you can hand-draw a map on a piece of mail without an address, and it will still make it to its destination.
  5. Some historians believe that Columbus visited Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula in 1477 and there learned of Viking explorations of the New World.
  6. Iceland's population is smaller than that of Anaheim, California.
  7. About 300,000 pedestrians, the population of Iceland, pass through Times Square every day.
  8. It's illegal in Iceland for parents to threaten children with fictional characters.
  9. Iceland was the most peaceful place on Earth for six years straight since 2010, according to the Institute for Economics and Peace.
  10. Iceland severed ties to Denmark and became an independent republic only in 1944.
  11. Iceland has more books published and read per person than anywhere else in the world.
  12. Germany, Denmark, Iceland and other countries have official rules about what a baby can be named.
  13. Iceland and the Faroe Islands are the only countries in the world where there are no mosquitoes.
  14. Icelandic has changed so little in the last 1,000 years that Icelanders today can easily read 12th-Century texts.
  15. Strip clubs and lap dances are banned in Iceland.
  16. In Iceland, up until 1987 there was no television at all on Thursdays.
  17. Iceland is very depressed: it has the world's highest rate of antidepressant use.
  18. In 2011, Iceland used Facebook to rewrite its constitution, as 2/3 of its population is on it.
  19. Iceland has Europe's largest banana plantation.
  20. Iceland is the only NATO member with no standing army. Its lightly armed coast guard is in charge of defense.
  21. The Icelandic for 'sleep' is sofa.
  22. Iceland imports ice cubes.
  23. 18.3% of Iceland's population uses cannabis, placing them as the top marijuana consuming nation in the world.
  24. Iceland's last McDonald's burger was sold in 2009. You can watch it decompose online.
  25. The only native land mammal when humans arrived to Iceland was the Arctic fox.
  26. Iceland has one of the largest gun ownership rates in the world and one of the lowest crime rates as well.
  27. Iceland has more volcanoes than professional soccer players.
  28. When Iceland's soccer team reached the quarter-final of the 2016 Euro Cup, 10% of Iceland's population traveled to France for the game.
  29. Iceland lost most of its trees more than a thousand years ago,
    in the hands of Viking settlers who razed the forests.
  30. The UK invaded and occupied Iceland in WW2 after the country claimed neutrality.
  31. 90% of Iceland's female population went on strike on October 24, 1975, demanding equal rights. They did not work, do housework, or look after their kids for an entire day.
  32. Iceland and Finland have the lowest infant mortality rate in the world.
  33. Every year, Iceland gets wider by two centimetres.
  34. Iceland has an official book-buying season - Jólabókaflóð. It runs from September to December, and over half of all books sold in Iceland are sold in the month before Christmas.
  35. If you're in Iceland beware of the phrase 'I will find you on a beach': this idiom (or threat) means, ' I'll get my revenge,' or 'don't make me hurt you.'
  36. Iceland is so safe that parents routinely leave their babies alone to nap outside in their strollers while they run errands.
  37. For many Icelanders, WW2 is actually known a “the blessed war" because the country has the war to thank for its independence.
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