Winter well and truly arrived in Iceland this week. Snow, wind and road conditions have very likely become the most written about items in the news so we’ve put together a summary of some of the things you might have missed from all the snow blindness.
Woman Becomes Oldest Icelander Ever
Jensína Andrésdóttir became the oldest Icelander in history last weekend when she reached the age of 109 years and 70 days.
The previous record holder, Sólveig Pálsdóttir was 109 years and 69 days old when she passed away in 2006.
Tattoos Becoming More Popular
In recent years the number of tattooed Icelanders has dramatically increased. A recent study found that 20 percent of adult Icelanders have a tattoo. Of the adult population in Iceland, 24 percent of women, and 17 percent of men have been inked.
These numbers were then further broken down into the number of tattoos, and even political leaning of the tattooed person. Of tattooed Icelanders; 39 percent have one, 22 percent have two, and 13 percent have three, with over 27 percent having four or more.
A staggering 42 percent of tattooed Icelanders tend to vote for the Pirate Party.
More than 20 percent of those who don’t currently have a tattoo are thinking about getting one. It was also noted that people under the age of 30 are more likely to get a tattoo and people over 50 are less likely to.
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Vikingur Heidar Nominated
Classical Icelandic Pianist Víkingur Heiðar Ólafsson has received a nomination in the BBC Music Awards for 2019.
His album ‘Johann Sebastian Bach’ received a nomination in the best instrumental music category.The nominees of the BBC music awards are selected from a list of over 200 albums. The winners are chosen by public vote which will remain open till February 19.
Labrador Iceland’s Most Popular Dog
Iceland’s active dog community have unofficially named the Labrador retriever as the most popular dog in the country.
Isaac Helgi Karvelsson created a poll in the Facebook group ‘Hundasamfélagið’ (Dog Community) to find out which dog was the most popular. The options were Labrador, Border Collie, Chihuahua, Icelandic Sheepdog, and Schnauzer. The Labrador came out on top with 1000 votes, followed very closely by the Border Collie with 600.
Iceland has come a long way from the dog free days of 1924 when pooches were banned in the city of Reykjavík. The ban was to stop the spread of a tapeworm called echinococcosis that can be passed from dogs to humans.
The Icelandic Metropolitan Police department issued a warning to the residents of Reykjavík this week to watch out for falling icicles.
As winter weather has set in, so has a genuine danger some locals and visitors might not be aware of, falling icicles.
With snowfall and continuously fluctuating temperature, icicles form on the edge of buildings. Over time they increase in size and weight, eventually presenting a very real danger to pedestrians. The Police department has reminded people to not walk directly under the edge of roofs to avoid harm.
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Let the Song Competition Begin
With just over four months until Eurovision, Iceland is gearing up to kick off the search for our representative this weekend.
Like many other Nordic countries, Iceland hosts a national competition to decide who is going to represent us on the Eurovision stage. ‘Söngvakeppnin’ (the Icelandic selection show) will begin this Saturday at 7.45pm on National TV station RÚV 1.
Straying from tradition, this year ten songs stand a chance to represent Iceland in Tel Aviv, as opposed to 12 songs in previous years. A press release from RÚV has stated that this year’s hopefuls are the most diverse group of songs ever.
All ten songs will be released on radio and streaming platforms following the television program on Saturday night. The grand final will be held on March 2 at Laugardalshöll concert hall and televised on RÚV.
2019 is the 31st time Iceland has taken part in the Eurovision song contest. The highest Iceland has rated is second place in 1999 with Selma’s ‘All out of Luck’ and again in 2009 with Yohanna’s ‘Is it True.’