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INTRODUCING ICELAND
Local Name: Ísland
Iceland was settled in the 9th century by Norse vikings. The first settlement to last was that of Ingolfur Arnarson in Reykjavik. This is where most of the people of Iceland live. Reykjavik has a bustling nightlive, an exciting arts scene, and offers visitors the opportunity to explore the countryside in short trips to areas such as Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir.

Word has it that Leif Ericsson, the Norse explorer named Iceland and Greenland like he did to get explorers to go to Greenland (only to find millions of square miles of ice). Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, directly east of Greenland, Iceland is Europe's westernmost country, the second largest island in the North-Atlantic ocean, and a little over 3 hours flight from London, Paris or Copenhagen.

For many modern decades it has a strong economy, low unemployment, low inflation, and a per capita income among the highest in the world. Due to the 2009 worldwide economic collapse, Iceland now suffers through a severe financial crisis.