Icelanders Bid Farewell to Christmas

fireworks_nye2012_ps_(2)January 6 is known as Þrettándinn or ‘The Thirteenth’ in Iceland. According to the Icelandic calendar, it marks the 13th and last day of Christmas—the first being Christmas Day—and also the day when the last of the 13 Yule Lad brothers, who come down from the mountains 13 days before Christmas, returns to his cave.

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Iceland World’s 19th Biggest Fishing Nation

fishingboats-hofn_psIceland is ranked 19th on the list of the world’s largest fishing nations in 2010, according to new figures just out from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Iceland maintained its second place ranking among European countries with 1,063,467 tons, down by 0.8 percent from the previous year.

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