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Republic of Iceland

Iceland


National anthem of Iceland

Lofsöngur

"Lofsöngur" (English: "Hymn"), also known as "Ó Guð vors lands" (English: "Oh, our country's God "), is the national anthem of Iceland. The lyrics are by Matthías Jochumsson and the music by Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson. The anthem contains three verses, but only the first one is commonly sung. The song is rather difficult to sing and many Icelandic people claim to be unable to sing it. The anthem is essentially a hymn, consistent with the fact that Iceland has a state church and Christianity is the established religion and one of the bases of the culture.
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Map of Iceland

Map of Iceland

Basic information on Iceland

Settled by Norwegian and Celtic (Scottish and Irish) immigrants during the late 9th and 10th centuries A.D., Iceland boasts the world's oldest functioning legislative assembly, the Althing, established in 930. Independent for over 300 years, Iceland was subsequently ruled by Norway and Denmark. Fallout from the Askja volcano of 1875 devastated the Icelandic economy and caused widespread famine. Over the next quarter century, 20% of the island's population emigrated, mostly to Canada and the US. Limited home rule from Denmark was granted in 1874 and complete independence attained in 1944. Literacy, longevity, income, and social cohesion are first-rate by world standards.
Location Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the UK
Population 301,931 (July 2007 est.)
Nationality noun: Icelander(s) adjective: Icelandic
Flag description blue with a red cross outlined in white extending to the edges of the flag; the vertical part of the cross is shifted to the hoist side in the style of the Dannebrog (Danish flag)