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ISBN-13: 9780761420743
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2007
Series: Cavendish Cultures of the World Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 8.39(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 10 - 13 Years

Table of Contents


Introduction     5
Geography     7
Regions
Volcanic activity
Climate
Length of days
Flora
Fauna
Cities
History     19
The age of settlement
Establishment of the Althing
The saga age
The Sturlunga age
Colonial status
Independence
Controversy over NATO and the U.S. base
The cod wars
Diplomatic initiatives
Government     31
Electoral system
Party politics
The Women's Alliance
A welfare state
Economy     37
Cost of living
Fishing
Whaling
Farming
Thermal energy
Tourism
Environment     47
Marine crisis
Global warming
The importance of renewable energy
Waste
Conservation of nature
Icelanders     57
A homogenous society
Class
A small but active population
Nationalism
Tradition and dress
Lifestyle     65
Happiness
Birth
Education
Work for youths
Iceland's teenagers
The role of women
Marriage
Family life
The work week
Entertainment
Travel
Life span
Religion     81
The conversion
Lutheranism
Days of the week
Folk beliefs
Language     91
The Icelandic alphabet
The naming system
Arts     97
Medieval literature
Modern literature
Visual arts
Music
Movies
Crafts
Leisure     109
Sports
Outdoor activities
Mind games
Friday night
Festivals     115
New Year'sEve
The Christmas season
Sun Coffee
Thorrablot
Beginning of Lent
Easter
Other festivals
Food     123
Regular dishes
Traditional foods
Fast foods
Coffee
Alcoholic drinks
Kitchens and markets
Eating out
Map of Iceland     132
About the Economy     135
About the Culture     137
Time Line     138
Glossary     140
Further Information     141
Bibliography     142
Index     142

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