By Gudmundur Halfdanarson
While Iceland is the second one greatest inhabited island in Europe, with purely 313,000 population in 2007, the Icelanders shape one of many smallest autonomous countries on this planet. round two-thirds of the inhabitants lives within the capital, Reykjavík, and its suburbs, whereas the remainder is unfold round the inhabitable quarter of the rustic. until eventually rather lately the Icelandic state used to be surprisingly homogeneous, either in cultural and spiritual phrases; in 1981, round ninety eight percentage of the state was once born in Iceland and ninety six percentage belonged to the Lutheran country church or different Lutheran non secular sects. In 2007, those numbers have been right down to 89 and 86 percentage respectively, reflecting the speedily growing to be multicultural nature of Icelandic society.
The A to Z of Iceland lines Iceland's heritage and gives a compass for the path the rustic is heading. this is often performed via its chronology, introductory essays, appendixes, map, bibliography, and hundreds and hundreds of cross-referenced dictionary entries...
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