Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders [NOOK Book]


A guide to understanding the Icelanders which takes an insightful, humorous look at their character and values.
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Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders

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A guide to understanding the Icelanders which takes an insightful, humorous look at their character and values.
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From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908120519
  • Publisher: Oval Books
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Series: Xenophobe's Guide, #18
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 92
  • Sales rank: 865,079
  • File size: 513 KB

Meet the Author

Richard Sale is the author of AAA Essential Switzerland and Climbing the World's 14 Highest Mountains.
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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Icelanders

By Sale, Richard

Oval Books

Copyright © 2000 Sale, Richard
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1902825322

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.


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Table of Contents

Nationalism and Identity 5
Character 11
Beliefs and Values 15
Obsessions 20
Behaviour 23
Conversation and Gestures 27
Manners 28
Sense of Humour 30
Culture 32
Eating and Drinking 35
Health 39
Leisure and Pleasure 42
Custom and Tradition 48
Government and Bureaucracy 51
Systems 54
Law and Order 58
Business 59
Language and Ideas 61
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