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Language & Culture in Iceland

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Language & Culture of Iceland

The language & culture of Iceland has been largely influenced through the country’s geographical location and volatile environment. Icelanders are firm advocates of their Viking heritage, as they place a huge emphasis on the preservation of the country’s customs.

Culture in Iceland

As an isolated island in the middle of the North Atlantic, majority of Iceland’s traditions have been spared from the influences of the outside world and are still intact up to this day.

The country's unconventional weather and geographical conditions have molded Icelanders into people who have a deep sense of family and community, as well as into a nation with a deep bond with nature.

Icelandic culture is best known for its Icelander sagas in classic literature, as well as in the Arts such as weaving, silversmithing and wood carving.

The Icelandic Language

The Icelandic language has also been relatively untouched throughout its history, and is considered as the most carefully preserved out of all its Nordic counterparts. In fact, modern Icelandic is almost entirely similar to Old Norse which was spoken during the Viking Age.

Instead of integrating foreign words into the language’s vocabulary, the Icelandic government has instead opted to construct unique Icelandic terminologies for new, international words. This kind of linguistic purism can trace its roots back to the 18th century, when a preservation movement was launched as Icelandic traditions were under threat from the influence of the Danish.

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Sources:

  • https://www.inspiredbyiceland.com/about-iceland/people-and-language
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_of_Iceland
  • https://www.icelandtravel.is/about-iceland/destination-guide/borgarnes/
Last update: 13 Mar 2018

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