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Originally posted by Cywr Cywr wrote:

Hows the Hydro economy coming along?
The Swedes have pledged to be the first post-oil economy, so it looks like you have competition now.
And how will you power your snowmobiles?

ya,ya , the matter with the hydro economy !! this plans haven't  much support of the icelandic people today. for me, it seems to be a good and necessary alternativ to the oil-economy. but i'm not an engineer and so my knowledge of this things is not very big.

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Originally posted by ulrich von hutten ulrich von hutten wrote:

iceland has no armed forces , only a coast guard with about 120 men. but there is a us-base on iceland with 1650 men .  i do belive we are better horsemen then the mongolian cavalry was ,but usally we don't occupy other countries.


Why?... have the americans got a base on Iceland? Are they afraid the Icelanders will go to american again?
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AFAIK, Iceland's 'armed forces' are made up entirely of its coast gaurd, which protects the country from pirates, British fishermen and various other barbarians.
There was a US base on the island, maybe still is, but most US activity in the area is centred on Greenland AFAIK.
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Didn't Iceland fight a 'war' with Britian over fishing a few years ago?
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Yup, the Cod Wars.
The silliest named conflict since the War of Jenkin's Ear.

Basicly, Iceland, in order to better manage its fishing stocks (which were being depleted by foriegn fishingtrawlers), extended its territorial waters and imposed fishing limits on them. British fishing boats, which had previously just fished where-ever they wanted, were thus restricted from fishing around Iceland without the right permission, naturaly some opted to ignore this.
In the two cod wars of the 1970s (second and third cod wars), Icelandic coast guard ships resoted to cutting the ropes connecting the fishingboats to their trawling nets. British government responds by sending Royal Navy ships, which eventualy resort to ramming Icelandic Coast Gaurd ships on multiple occasions, even when the coast gaurd ships weren't patroling fishing boats, but actualy on iceberg watch.

In each 'war' Iceland extended by stages its range for what it regarded as its territorial waters, and in each instance Uk responded with an arrogant and frankly dangerous display of force, only to give in to Iceland each time.
Granted, Iceland threatening to withdraw from NATO and close the base in Keflavik, which probably promted the US and other NATO menbers to put some pressure on the UK. Though i think a volcanic eruption forced the base to downsize wuit a bit eventualy.

To this day Iceland as one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world (contrast that to one of the lowest in Europe half a century ago) with an economy that is like 75% dependant on export of fishing produce. Meanwhile in Canada and the seas around Britain, fishing stocks have either collapsed, or in serious crisis.

Go Iceland.

Incidently, there was also a cod was in the 1890s, though i know next to nothing about that, i think Denmark was involved though.
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We all know that most wars are caused by people who claim they have found Cod.
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Originally posted by gcle2003 gcle2003 wrote:

We all know that most wars are caused by people who claim they have found Cod.

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Originally posted by Cywr Cywr wrote:

Yup, the Cod Wars.
The silliest named conflict since the War of Jenkin's Ear.

Don't forget the Kettle War, the  Pastry War, the Pig War and the Football War.


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Ulrich, there is a question about Iceland (or one of Iceland's most famous persons) that has always bugged me but I don't know whether it is politically incorrect to ask or not. I will ask anyway.

I am very intrigued by the facial features of Bjork (whom I find very beautiful in a mysterious kind of way). She looks almost Asian to me. At first I thought maybe she has some Sami blood in her, but first of all, the Sami people are not "Mongloid", and second, I don't think the Sami people are indigenous to Iceland.

Do you find a lot of people that look like Bjork in Iceland or is her "look" quite unique in Iceland?

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AKAIK, though Icelandic born, her parents were from Greenland, mixed Danish/Innuit.
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björk ,she was born in 1965 in reykjavik ,her parents were  both icelandic. she's only a little bit younger than me ,but she looks like many icelanders do. there are not a few dark hair icelanders. i my self , very blond  when i was a kid ,had a german father ,but here you can find all kinds of skin- and hair-colours. the typical icelander-- he/she doesn't exist really. the danish and norwegian origin can't be ignored , but in deed im not an ethnologist and for i have a german backround i'm not close at that theme ,but flyingzone a friend  of mine works at the university, ethnology department. i will talk to him this weekend. may be i will find something new about this.
but let say something basicly. races ,colours of skins and languages ( except i can't understand it ) are not very important for me ,like i evaluate , for you as well. important is true friendship , trust and sympathy. that is something that bother me here at the forum. it doesn't matter whether someone is from lebanon, togo , pakistan or from the mars. i like to learn something about people from everywhere and therefore i joined among other things this forum. ok ,far away from björk,the looks quiete nice and i saw her sometimes downtown reykjavik and she 's cute.

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I am getting different information from Cywr and Ulrich

Are her parents Greenlanders or Icelanders????

Of course, Ulrich, race, skin colour, etc don't matter to me at all either. But when you notice something "unusual" (at least to me anyway - I have never been to Iceland and have only "seen" two Icelanders in my life, one is Bjork and the other was a professor of mine who has a very complicated name that no one can pronounce, and she looks totally Nordic), you are just naturally curious ....

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Hmm i could have sworn i was told she had some Greenlanic ancestry.
Anyways, she really isn't that 'Asian' looking, otherwise quite alot of Europeans are.

Hmm googling around i see that someone other than her seems to have made that claim up (as well as one where she is supposed to be half chinese)  and that she herself has refuted it. So she is just plain Icelandic afterall.


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iceland in turkish izlanda

very beatiful country.my sisters have iceland friend named eric

 

its amazing country

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I think I'll put Iceland on my 'to-visit' list
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872 new citizens last year

Last year, 872 individuals were granted Icelandic citizenship. Most of the new citizens, 187, are from Poland; 66 are from Serbia and Montenegro and 63 individuals from the United States. Of the 872 new citizens, 694 were adults and 178 children. 560 individuals were granted citizenship by decree of the Minister of Justice.

so i have to be carefull, may be mosquito is one of the new iclanders. today i was seeking the yellow pages if there is lawyer with a polish name in our town.


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US-Iceland defense talks planned next week
Official talks between the Icelandic and US governments on the future of the defense cooperation are scheduled to begin in Reykjavík next week when a group of representatives from the US State and Defense Departments visits the country, reports the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, RÚV.
 
US Deputy Secretary for State, Nicholas Burns, told RÚV yesterday that he had spoken to Iceland's Minister for Foreign Affairs a few times over the last few days and reconfirmed the US government's obligations regarding the defense cooperation.
 
Burns was asked why the future of the defense cooperation had not been discussed before the US made an announcement  last week that it would remove its jets from Keflavík Airport.
 
Burns rejected the view that the US's unilateral decision to remove its forces from Iceland last week amounted to a cancellation of the Defense Agreement. He said he had received clear instructions from President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to communicate the message that the US government would continue to honor  the agreement.

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PM "not optimistic" on US - Iceland defense talks
Prime Minister Halldór Ásgrímsson told news station NFS that he was not very optimistic on the future of US - Iceland defense talks after receiving a reply to a letter he sent President George W.Bush earlier this month. In his letter, Ásgrímsson had asked Bush how the US intended to secure the defenses of Iceland. Bush replied that even though the US planned to substantially reduce the military presence in Iceland, it nevertheless planned to honor the Defense Agreement from 1951.
 
Ásgrímsson told NFS that not much was new in the President's reply - he said a defense agreement without defenses was worth little.
 
Ásgrímsson said that the letter made it clear that the US would honor its defense obligations to Iceland according to the 1951 Defense Agreement. Representatives from the US State and Defense Department's will arrive in Iceland on Thursday with proposals on how the US plans to defend Iceland in the future.
 
NFS pointed out that the US delegation will not meet with the Icelandic delegation for long and will depart from Iceland on Friday.
 
"I have to be honest, in light of what has happened, I am not particularly optimistic about the developments, but of course I respect this letter from the President of the United States," said Prime Minister Ásgrímsson.
 
Ásgrímsson continued to say: "There is nothing new in the letter. But the President nevertheless recognizes certain obligations, and we must believe he is meaning what he says, but we will see what there is to it, and you could say that at this point there is little that will surprise us concerning this matter."
 
The Prime Minister emphasized that the defense agreement  was at stake: "A defense agreement without defenses in the country is worth little." 

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two disastrous news of the last week....

one is horrible for the iclandic society and one for the icelandic economy...

now it's up to you to evaluate which is more far-ranging....

The first one....

Three Pirate Ships Spotted off Icelandic Coast

According to RUV the Icelandic Coast Guard spotted three ships from Georgia on the North-Atlantic ridge last night. One of the three ships was shipping. The three ships were in the area of the North Atlantic fishing commission but outside the Icelandic fishing limits. Icelander are obligated to monitor the area according to international agreements according to Dagmar Sigurdardóttir, the information officer of the Icelandic Coast Guard.

and onother one...

Marijuana confiscated in Mýrar

On Saturday night the police in Borgarnes confiscated 228 marijuana plants on a farm in the western part of Mýrar, reports Morgunbladid.

One man was arrested and brought in for questioning.

In addition to the marijuana plants, dried marijuana leaves, plant stems and tools for growing marijuana such as lamps, heating lamps and ventilation equipment were confiscated.

According to Morgunbladid, the crops were in various stages of growth, and it was evident that the operation had been ongoing for some time

 


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