In our research for our Icelandic honeymoon, we have come across so many interesting things about this wonderful country.
Most of this info came from a link at WhyGoIceland.com of 25 fun facts about Iceland, and I was so fascinated by all the facts that I just had to share some of them with yall!
Did you know that . . .
The Icelandic police don’t carry guns.
Crime in Iceland is very low, and guns are illegal (except for hunting) so they only carry extendable batons and pepper spray.
Iceland has one of the highest per capita rates of car ownership in the world. There is one car for every 1.5 people.
Renewable sources such as geothermal and hydro power provide about 80% of the nation’s total energy, and Iceland expects to be energy-independent by 2050.
Iceland has never produced oil or gas, and it is one of the few countries to offer filling stations dispensing hydrogen fuel for cars powered by fuel cells.
Because of this, the Icelandic telephone directory is listed alphabetically by first name.
In June of 2010, Parliament unanimously voted to approve same-sex marriages.
Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, who became Iceland’s first female Prime Minister in 2009, is also the world’s first openly gay head of government.
Strip clubs, however, have been banned since 2010.
Though Iceland is home to 130 volcanoes, only about 40 have erupted in the last 1000 years.
On average, a volcano erupts every 5 years.