Freshman Seminar - Death, Revenge & Madness in Icelandic literature and culture. Welcome to class #1 !. 2. Freshman Seminar - wk 1 What IS Iceland??. Iceland , officially the Republic of Iceland ( Icelandic : Ís land or Lýðveldið Ís land ) is an island nation , a volcanic island in the
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Freshman Seminar - Death, Revenge & Madness in Icelandic literature and culture
Welcome to class #1 !
Iceland, officially the Republic of Iceland (Icelandic: Ísland
or Lýðveldið Ísland) is an island nation, a volcanic island in the
northern Atlantic Ocean between Greenland,
Norway, Ireland, Scotland (Great Britain), and the Faroe Islands.
▪ Whole country: 39,768.5 sq. m. (103,000km²)
Texas: 261,797sq. m. (678,050 km²)
population of 23.5 million
Kentucky: 39,728 sq mi. (102,896 sq km), pop. 4 mill.
▪ Vegetation: 9,191 square miles (23,805km²)
▪ Lakes: 1,064 square miles (2,757km²)
▪ Glaciers: 4,603 square miles (11,922km²)
▪ Wasteland: 24,918 square miles (64,538km²)
Water 3,718,711mi² 4.87%
Population - 2006 est. 298,290,000
2000 census - 282 mill.
Density30/km² (Ice: 2/km²)
Population: about 300.000
180.000 in Reykjavík
Climate: subartic _ Gulf Stream
Average temp. in July 56ºF
In January: 32ºF
Precipitation: 32 inches
Midnight sun in June
4 hrs a day of daylight in Dec.
Fully independent since 1944
Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
Language: Icelandic, the Norwegian of
1000 years ago. Fundamental part of cultural
Identity - fiercely defended by purists,
Currency: Icelandic krona (about 60 kr - 1 USD)
Religion: Lutheran is the state religion of
Iceland. Icelandic children receive mandatory
religious training in public schools, and priests
are state employees.