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VIDEO: Icelanders Who Were There for the First Independence Day

Today, on June 17 2024, Iceland celebrates its 80th anniversary as an independent republic. On this day in 1944, Icelanders celebrated their total independence after some 682 years of foreign rule; from Norway in 1262 and later from Denmark, from 1380 up until that fateful day.

Many of the Icelanders who were alive for this momentous occasion are still with us today, and so we visited Hrafnista nursing home in Reykjav铆k to speak with some of these folks about what this day was like, and what June 17th means to them.

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