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PM Concerned about Iceland’s Youth Leaving

Iceland’s Prime Minister Geir H. Haarde admits in an interview with British magazine Monocle, published in the February issue, that he is concerned about the young generation of Icelanders leaving the country because of the crisis.

Haarde told Monocle that he considers it is necessary to persuade young educated people to stay in Iceland, who are understandably tempted to look for better opportunities outside this small island community, Fréttabladid reports.

The February issue of Monocle dedicates the cover and five spreads to Iceland. The coverage includes interviews with a number of Icelanders who discuss the influence of the collapse of the economy from their point of view.

Many of the interviewees are pessimistic and are even planning to leave the country, others, including handball player Markús Máni Michaelsson, look at the crisis as an opportunity.

Monocle concludes that with an attitude like that, Icelanders might just claw themselves out of this situation, pointing out that they have suffered setbacks like this before.

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