The New Year Welcomed with a Blast

Today is the last day of the year. Icelanders celebrate with a fancy dinner, often turkey, and with fireworks at midnight. A special sketch comedy show about the year in review is shown on TV and watched by almost the entire Icelandic nation.

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The Day of Relaxation

Today is the Second Day of Christmas. After eating to excess on December 24 and 25, many families just have leftovers for lunch, enjoy their new things and relax on December 26.

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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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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 cards.

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Inflation Measures 7.5 Percent in Iceland

The 12 month inflation in Iceland currently measures 7.5 percent as of December 2009, down from 8.6 percent in November. The inflation peaked at 18.6 percent in January this year and has since dropped rather swiftly apart from a slight increase in June.

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