31 odd facts about Iceland... but how many did you know?

They're England's next opponents at Euro 2016 but how much do you know about Iceland?

Monday, 27th June 2016, 9:49 am
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:45 pm
Iceland has beautiful mountains... but beer was illegal until 1989

1: ​A majority of Icelanders believe in elves.

2: At about 39,000 square miles, Iceland is small - about five times the size on Wales.

3: There is a volcanic eruption ev​​ery ​four​ years on average.

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4: There are no forests in Iceland.

5: Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.

6: At 43.5 hours per week, they have the longest work week in Europe.

7: The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read.

8: Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.

9:There are no surnames or family names in Iceland – Icelanders use the traditional Nordic naming system, which includes a last name that is comprised from their father’s (or mother’s) first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son.

10: 60​ per cent​ of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík​

11: Iceland’s revenue from whale watching exceeds any income from whaling.

12: Usually a temperate country, not too hot or cold, the highest temperature recorded was 30.5 °C (86.9 °F) at the Eastern fjords in 1939.

13: Iceland had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers.

14: Consumption of Coca–Cola per capita is higher than in any other country.

15: But there aren’t any McDonald’s ​r​estaurants anywhere in Iceland.

16:In 2010 Iceland banned strip clubs.

17: Roughly 85 percent of Iceland’s energy is from renewable resources, and well over half of that is geothermal alone.

18: Icelandic horses display two additional gaits as compared to all other breeds.

19: First names not previously used in Iceland must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.

20: Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.

21: ​Icelanders watch more movies than any other nation.

22: Iceland is home to one of the world’s oldest democracies; established in 930.

23: In Iceland owning a pet snake, lizard or turtle is against the law.

24: The country’s national sport is handball.

25: Iceland does not have an army, navy or air force.

26: Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland.

27:The Icelandic police don’t carry guns. Crime in Iceland is very low and violent crime is practically non-existent.

28: Per capita Iceland has the highest number of book and magazine publications and 10​ per cent​ of the country’s population will publish a book in their lifetimes.

29: Icelandic telephone directories list Icelanders by first name alphabetically.

30: In 2010, 97.6​ per cent​ of Icelandic population had Internet connection.

31: Raw puffin heart is considered a delicacy

​Source: landlopers.com