Freshman Seminar - Death, Revenge & Madness in Icelandic literature and culture Welcome to class #1 !
2 Freshman Seminar - wk 1What IS Iceland?? 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.
3 Freshman Seminar - wk 1Facts about the country Area ▪ 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)
4 Freshman Seminar - wk 1Facts about the country - Comparison Area Total 9,631,418km² Water 3,718,711mi² 4.87% Population - 2006 est. 298,290,000 2000 census - 282 mill. Density30/km² (Ice: 2/km²)
5 Freshman Seminar - wk 1Facts about the country - Cont. • Second largest island in Europe • By plane: 3 hrs to mainland Europe, 6 to US 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.
6 Freshman Seminar - wk 1Facts about the country - Cont. • Government: parliamentary democracy Fully independent since 1944 Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson Language: Icelandic, the Norwegian of 1000 years ago. Fundamental part of cultural Identity - fiercely defended by purists, Conservative tongue… 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.
7 Freshman Seminar - wk 1Facts about the country - Geology