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What soft drinks are popular in Iceland? Are there Icelandic soft drink brands?

You will be able to find most international soft drinks in Iceland, like Coca Cola, Pepsi, Red Bull, Sprite, Mountain Dew, 7 Up, Dr Pepper, Burn, and Fanta. Pepsi is one of the most popular drinks, and Icelanders especially like Pepsi Max. Up until 2017, Coca Cola was produced and bottled in Iceland with Icelandic […]

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If a lot of people have the same first name, like Jón, all their children must have the same surname when using the patronymic system, how does this work?

In Iceland, most people use a patronymic or matronymic name instead of a family name. Surnames are based on the given name of one of their parents, plus the suffix –son for sons and –dóttir for daughters. It’s true that many people can share the same surname because of this system. If a person has […]

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Sævar Helgi Bragason stargazing.
Magazine

Star Stuff

“The more you know about the nature that surrounds you, the more precious it becomes and the more important it becomes to protect it.” That’s the simple reasoning behind Sævar Helgi Bragason’s mission to educate the Icelandic public about astronomy, climate change, and science in general. During a working day that stretches from seven in […]

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Klaustur Bar
In Focus

In Focus: The Klaustur Scandal

The nation reacted in shock when a recording of six MPs revealed them making sexist, ableist, and homophobic remarks about their colleagues at Klaustur Bar in Reykjavík in late November. The case, which has since become known as the Klaustur Scandal, made headlines internationally and led to public protests in Iceland. The individual responsible for […]

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Looking Back

In the Name of Cod

You’ve heard about the world wars, the Six-Day War, the Hundred Years’ War, and the not-really-a-war Cold War, but you’d have to be an expert either in Icelandic history or international fishing regulations to be familiar with the Anglo-Icelandic Cod Wars.

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Culture

Girls Rock!

One day, back in 2011, Icelandic activist Áa Einarsdóttir was in the United States exploring Oakland during her anthropology studies. There, she came upon a flyer advertising a music and activism camp for girls. Intrigued, Áa got in touch and was introduced to the far-reaching world of the Girls Rock Camp Alliance.

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In Focus

In Focus: Third Energy Package

This February, the Icelandic parliament will vote on whether to agree on the European Union’s Third Energy Package. The matter has caused much debate among politicians as the package plays an important role in Iceland’s relationship with the rest of Europe and its membership in the European Economic Area (EEA). Some believe agreeing to the […]

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