Iceland is an island nation which is located between Europe and North America in the north Atlantic Ocean. It is known for its geothermal activity.
Iceland, a mountainous island nation in the north Atlantic, is well-known for its dramatic landscapes. A country of stark contrasts, it has glaciers as well as volcanoes, hot spring and lava fields. The capital city is Reykjavik, where most of the population lives. The city runs on geothermal power. Under Danish rule for many years, the country achieved independence in 1918, becoming a republic in 1944. The Icelandic language is decended from Old Norse. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content on Iceland.
Midsummer is the period of time around the summer solstice. In Iceland, this festival is observed at a time when the sun barely sets in the sky. Now there's a growing Neo-Pagan movement in Iceland, called Asatru. Their high-priest is Hilmar Örn Hilmarsson, a musician and composer. This year in Iceland they are celebrating the summer solstice on 22nd June, and he explained why.
Effective immediately, all Ukrainians with a biometric passport can enter and travel throughout the EU without a visa for up to 90 days. This includes Schengen countries outside the EU, such as Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The UK and Ireland are excluded.
2008 was a bad year for Iceland. Its three largest banks collapsed - with assets 20 times bigger than the state budgets, the stock market was all but wiped out, and the country's currency, the Krona, fell in value. Since then the Nordic nation has staged a remarkably fast recovery. This week it is saying goodbye to capital controls put in place to stabilise the currency after the crisis.
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A thousand years after they banned the worship of Norse gods like Odin and Thor, Icelanders are returning to the paganism of their ancestors. 3600 of them so far and rising fast. And this year they'll complete the construction of the first new heathen temple for a thousand years. John Laurenson has the details from Reykjavik.
On today's programme: The EU's new Libya deal to curb immigration – Drama in the French presidential campaign - Angela Merkel seeks a fourth term in office - How a murder has impacted Iceland- New ways of tackling female genital mutilation - Is it a hopeful or hateful future for Europe 25 years after Maastricht?- A Spanish town banks its future on hops.
Iceland has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. But that statistic didn't prevent the murder of a young woman called Birna Brjánsdottir last month. After her body was found swept up on a beach more than 8000 people took part in a march in her memory. Páll Stefánsson is the editor in chief of the Iceland Review and told Emma Wallis about how this crime has affected the country.