interesting facts about Iceland
November 6, 2009 | In: Countries facts
Iceland is a volcanic island.
Iceland is the world’s oldest democracy. Its parliament (Althingi) was founded about 1,000 years ago.
Iceland has no army, navy, or air force. It does have a Coast Guard.
Iceland is one of the youngest islands to form geologically and was one of the last places on earth to be inhabited by humans.
Iceland boasts of an impressive healthcare system and the life expectancy in this place is one of the highest in the world; 81.3 years for women and 76.4 for men.
Its highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, rises to 2.119 m and over 11 per cent of the country is covered by glacier.
60% of Iceland’s population lives in the capital, Reykjavík .
In Iceland there is daylight 24/7 during the summer. At the darkest time of the winter there is barely any daylight at all during the day.
There are about 270 species of birds in Iceland.