Congratulations Iceland!


Jæja góðan daginn! =) Congratulations Iceland on your National Holiday (17 Juni)!! In 1944 – on the very same date of course – Iceland became independent from Denmark and formed a republic. During World War II, German occupation of Denmark on April 9, 1940 severed communications between Iceland and Denmark. A month later, British military forces sailed into Reykjavik harbor, violating Icelandic neutrality. This marked the beginning of the invasion and occupation of Iceland by Allied forces which would last throughout the war. In the summer of 1941, the British left and the occupation was taken over by the United States army. With American assistance, following a plebiscite, Iceland formally became an independent republic on June 17, 1944.

I’ve been celebrating the whole weekend now and I’m totally exhausted! Icelanders sure knows how to rock and roll! The best thing is that it never gets really dark around here either when it is summer so people are partying till 7-8 in the morning (or even more) and that’s when the pubs are generally closing as well (a phenomenon that is totally unlikely to happen in Sweden, which is very Nazi with everything that is concerning alcohol, partying and celebrating *sadly*). So it was beer, music and women all over the place this weekend!

Another great thing is that Iceland made it to the European Championship in Handball that will take place next year in Norway. It was a close thing, but Iceland won over Serbia with 2 goals (42-40 if I remember correctly) and therefore qualified to the finals.

(Strákarnir okkar) =)


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This blog belongs to Carl-Mikael A. Teglund - tegis. Swedish emigrant with a heart for languages, philosophy, history, and politics (classical liberalism in the European tradition). Go ahead and look, read, or listen. I'm sure you will find it interesting.
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