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Icelanders Shunned by Danish Companies

Although most Icelanders abroad are not treated any differently because of the financial crisis, some Icelanders in Denmark have been faced with prejudice because of their nationality; a phone company recently refused to serve an Icelandic woman.

“The clerk asked me where I was from and I showed him my Icelandic driving license. He made a phone call and then he told me that he was unable to prepare an invoice for me because they couldn’t be certain that I would pay,” the woman in question, Adalheidur Lilja Úlfarsdóttir, explained to Morgunbladid.

Úlfarsdóttir, who has lived in Denmark for more than six years, had wanted to buy WiFi for her laptop. As it turned out, the phone company she had wanted to purchase the WiFi from had established a special rule on not serving Icelanders.

“I asked if I should show him my Danish pay checks,” Úlfarsdóttir said. “Then I just said goodbye and that I would go to some other company.”

At the next phone company Úlfarsdóttir had no problems with getting the service she needed. “When I asked if they had a special rule for Icelanders the clerk just looked at me as though I was plain silly.”

Úlfarsdóttir did not want to name the company which refused to serve her but she said that she is certainly going to change phone companies. She has a full-time job in Copenhagen, she said, and her ability to pay her bills should not be questioned.

Úlfarsdóttir said she had recently read a similar story in Morgunbladid, about two Icelandic women who were shown out of a purse store on Stroeget, Copenhagen’s main shopping street, only because they were Icelandic.

“I thought it was unbelievable that such a thing could happen. And then the same thing happens to me. This is ridiculous,” Úlfarsdóttir concluded.

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