What is Iceland?

  • (noun): An island republic on the island of Iceland; became independent of Denmark in 1944.
    Synonyms: Republic of Iceland
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Iceland i/ˈaɪslənd/ (Icelandic: Ísland, ) is a Nordic European island country situated at the confluence of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The country has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), which makes it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to two-thirds of the country's population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists mainly of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.

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2008 Iceland Earthquake - Characteristics
... Iceland straddles the mid-Atlantic ridge where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates move away from each other ... In Iceland the ridge is somewhat off-set, creating two transform faults where plates move horizontally along each other ... by geologists as typical Suðurlandsskjálftar (literally Southern Iceland quakes) which happen on the southern fault ...
2010 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Division III - Final Round - Qualification Bracket
... The two finalists, Australia and Iceland, are promoted to Division II for the 2011 IIHF World U20 Championship Semifinals Final A1 Australia 4 B2 North Korea 3 ...
Libertarian Society Of Iceland
... The Libertarian Society of Iceland (Icelandic Frjálshyggjufélagið) was founded in Reykjavík, Iceland, on August 10, 2002 ... It is currently the only active propertarian libertarian organization in Iceland ... As a result, many of its members are active in political parties in Iceland, nearly exclusively in the Independence Party ...
Iceland - Culture - Sports
... Main article Sport in Iceland Sport is an important part of Icelandic culture, as the population is generally quite active ... The main traditional sport in Iceland is Glíma, a form of wrestling thought to have originated in medieval times ... Handball is often referred to as the national sport, and Iceland's team is ranked among the top 12 in the world ...

More definitions of "Iceland":

  • (noun): A volcanic island in the North Atlantic near the Arctic Circle.