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8. Iceland is one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world (Image Source: Mafengwo)

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The active volcanoes found on the land mass create more than enough geothermal energy to provide power for the entire country and Iceland also uses hydro energy to cut down costs and pollution further.

Because of such abundant natural resources, less fossil fuel is burned there—nearly 40% of the people who live there don’t use fossil fuels at all.

There are a lot of hot springs in Iceland, due to its volcanic activity.

Most homes in Iceland are heated with geothermal water pumped from underground.

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9. Golfers take advantage of Iceland's midnight sun (Image Source: Arcticopen)

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In Iceland, a natural phenomenon called the midnight sun occurs during the summer months. For a few days every year, the sun is visible throughout the day. This is not something unique to Iceland as the number of days that might have the midnight sun increases as you move closer to the poles. However, in Iceland, the people have found an ingenious way to take advantage of the extra sunlight. During the days of 24 hour sunlight, people from all over the world meet to play golf. It is said to be one of the most refreshing and unique golfing experiences one can have.
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10. The Icelandic language stays tied to its Nordic roots (Image Source: Uagolos)

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The Icelandic language came from Old Norse, and while other Nordic languages have evolved over the years, Icelandic still retains the same grammar and vocabulary as its ancient tongue.

Whereas the languages of other nations borrowed from others, Iceland created a vocabulary based on its Nordic roots with the intent of retaining its rich history and culture and Icelanders had the foresight to do so from the 18th-century.

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11. Iceland has the most bookworms in the world (Image Source: Bookon)

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Icelanders are a book-loving people. There are more books written, published, and bought per capita in Iceland than any other nation in the world. One out of ten residents even publishes a book in their lifetime. Though the land is filled with beautiful landscapes, going out for movies and other recreational activities can get a bit dicey due to the unpredictable weather conditions, but a book is something you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
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12. Iceland has an anti-incest app to help you make sure that you don’t hook up with a relative (Image Source: Ifanr)

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Why would you need an app to tell you not to hook up with your relatives? While this may not make sense to people in other places, it’s different for Iceland. The country has spent a long time isolated, and it’s very sparsely populated—a lot of people in Iceland share common ancestors as a result. So, it’s handy to have an app that will alert you if someone you plan to go out with is actually a member of your family.
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