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Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders

Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders

by Richard Sale
     
 

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"Not only has an Icelander held the title of World's Strongest Man, but there have been several Icelandic Miss Worlds. There have also been a surprising number of Icelandic chess grandmasters, and Iceland has more writers and artists per capita than any other country on earth. These facts reinforce the Icelanders' belief that they are a nation of strong,

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"Not only has an Icelander held the title of World's Strongest Man, but there have been several Icelandic Miss Worlds. There have also been a surprising number of Icelandic chess grandmasters, and Iceland has more writers and artists per capita than any other country on earth. These facts reinforce the Icelanders' belief that they are a nation of strong, beautiful and intelligent people."
"The essence of Icelandic conversation is the insult. Icelanders are born with a talent for it and use it with ease from an early age. Because of their farming and fishing ancestry the most telling jibes involve sheep and fish. It is a very serious matter to refer to someone as a sheep or a codhead."

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"The Xenophobe's Guides raise a smile and give you an understanding of the beliefs and foibles of nationalities.  —Glasgow Evening Times

"Xenophobe's Guides aim to help us understand our differences."  —Daily Express

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781906042363
Publisher:
Oval Books
Publication date:
09/01/2009
Series:
Xenophobe's Guide Series
Pages:
92
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.30(d)

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Do as you always did
Being new to the concept of town-dwelling, the Icelanders still find its rules difficult. If you have been used to riding into the nearest village and hitching your horse to a rail outside the shop you want to visit, you expect to do the same with your car.

Bold and beautiful
Not only has an Icelander held the title of World's Strongest Man, but there have been several Icelandic Miss Worlds. There have also been a surprising number of Icelandic chess grandmasters, and Iceland has more writers and artists per capita than any other country on earth. These facts reinforce the Icelanders' belief that they are a nation of strong, beautiful and intelligent people.

The joy of the jibe
The essence of Icelandic conversation is the insult. Icelanders are born with a talent for it and use it with ease from an early age. Because of their farming and fishing ancestry the most telling jibes involve sheep and fish. It is a very serious matter to refer to someone as a sheep or a codhead.

Give credit where credit's due
Next to their cars and electronic gadgetry, their credit rating is the closest thing to the Icelanders' heart. Credit cards are accepted in all hotels and shops, down to the smallest kiosk. Indeed, if you just want a tube of toothpaste and offer a shop assistant cash, it will be assumed that you have no credit rating at all.

Meet the Author

Richard Sale is the author of AAA Essential Switzerland and Climbing the World's 14 Highest Mountains.

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