6 Facts About Iceland

1. In recent times, Iceland has produced many great writers, the best-known of whom is arguably Halldor Laxness, who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1955.

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2. As of 2009, Iceland had 3.7 doctors per 1,000 people and 15.3 nurses per 1,000 people (compared with an OECD average of 8.4).

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3. Until the 20th century, Iceland was among the poorest countries in Europe.

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4. In 2007, Iceland was the seventh most productive country in the world per capita, and the fifth most productive by GDP at purchasing power parity ($40,112).

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5. In 2009, Iceland became the first country with an openly gay head of government when Johanna Sigurðardottir became prime minister.

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6. In the ensuing centuries, Iceland became one of the poorest countries in Europe.

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