Fake spring is gone, and winter has reared it’s cold head again, but the weather doesn’t stop the news in Iceland.
From a popular name inspired by a sitcom to a unique singer bringing old technology back. Here are the news stories from Iceland you might have missed this week.
Icelandic name inspired by Friends
The female name Emma in Iceland apparently owes its popularity to the popular nineties sitcom Friends. According to recent findings regarding name popularity in Iceland which were presented to the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Iceland by Dr Guðrún Kvaran.
In her research, Dr Guðrún found that her own name and the name Jón have been the most common names in Iceland for more than 300 years.
She also discovered that the name Emma is incredibly popular with girls in Iceland currently in their early twenties.
This can apparently be traced back to the NBC situational comedy Friends, where the character Rachel (played by Jennifer Anniston) named her baby Emma, about 20 years ago.
Icelandic president unhappy with litterbugs.
The president of Iceland, Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, recently took to Facebook to express his concern about litter along the road near his residence, Bessastaðir.
In his post the president writes that mornings at Bessastaðir are beautiful, so it’s a shame how much litter can be seen in the area.
He notes that trash can be found along the roadside and washing up on beaches. The president hopes that people understand that it’s not up to him or anyone else to clean up after those who litter.
Iceland’s president has always expressed and interest in environmental protection and animal welfare and seems to be one of the most approachable and relatable heads of state in the world.
The heated post has been liked thousands of times.
Icelandic Mayors upset with Google Maps.
The Mayor of Bolungarvík in Iceland’s west fjords has expressed his annoyance with town’s representation on Google Maps.
Mayor Jón Páll Hreinsson is upset that the satellite images of Bolungarvík show the town covered in a thick blanket of snow all year round.
The Mayor told Icelandic news outlet Vísir that these images, “get on his nerves.”
His anger stems from fears that images of the town constantly covered in snow might put off tourists to the area. Like most towns in Iceland, Bolungarvík is only covered in snow during winter months, throughout summer an image of it would show greenery and sunshine.
The Mayor’s plan, for now, is to urge as many people as possible to complain via facebook and messages to google every day until the problem is fixed. Good luck Jón.
Iceland eats the most pizza
Pizza company Domino’s have revealed that the sales of pizza in Iceland are breaking records.
Domino’s UK, who own all the Domino’s stores in Iceland, discovered in a recent settlement that the average sales per week in Icelandic Domino’s outlets is upwards of 4.5 million Icelandic Krona (approximately $40,000 USD).
The turnover for Domino’s in Iceland last year is estimated at ISK 6 billion ($51 million USD.)
As of 2019, there are 25 Domino’s stores in Iceland. The chain is clearly a favourite with the Icelandic population and possibly a reason for the next story.
Iceland no longer the healthiest country in the world.
Iceland has lost its place as the healthiest country in the world according to the 2019 Bloomberg Healthiest Country Index.
Perhaps a Domino’s addiction might have contributed to this. Knocking Iceland out of the number one spot was Spain.
The index looks at life expectancy and quality of life; including risk factors like tobacco use and obesity.
Iceland now sits in the number 3 spot but is still further ahead than the US at number 35.
Although if the love for Domino’s doesn’t cool down, it might not take long to catch up.
Björk releases her albums on cassette tape.
Icelandic singer, and possibly one of the original hipsters, Björk announced on twitter that she’s releasing some of her music on cassette tape.
The limited edition tapes are now available for pre-order. If you’re a true Björk fan you will probably jump at the chance to have this piece of nostalgia. Now all you have to do is find a cassette player, and don’t forget a pencil for when the tape gets tangled.