Party with the Extended Family

Christmas Day in Iceland is usually celebrated with a luncheon with the extended family. The traditional meal is hangikjöt (“smoked lamb”) with buttered laufabraud (“leaf bread”) and a sweet béchamel sauce.

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Pope Prays for Iceland

Pope Benedict XVI told Elín Flygenring, Iceland’s new permanent representative on the European Council in Strasbourg, that Iceland is in his prayers when she handed in her letter of credence as Iceland’s ambassador to the Vatican on Thursday.

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Smoked Pork and Christmas Presents

Today is Christmas Eve. Christmas in Iceland officially begins when the bells of the Reykjavík Cathedral chime at 6 pm. By then families have gathered around the dinner table and afterwards they open presents and Christmas card.

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Iceland to Become Global Oil Player

Iceland will take its first step into the international oil world on January 15, 2009, when the Icelandic state will invite tenders for the rights to search for and harness fossil fuels in the so-called Dragon Zone off Iceland’s northeastern shore.

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