The island was governed as an independent commonwealth under the Althing, one of the world's oldest functioning legislative assemblies. Following a period of civil strife, Iceland acceded to Norwegian rule in the 13th century. The establishment of the Kalmar Union in 1397 united the kingdoms of Norway, Denmark, and Sweden. Iceland thus followed Norway's integration into that union, coming under Danish rule after Sweden's secession from the union in 1523. Although the Danish kingdom introduced Lutheranism forcefully in 1550, Iceland remained a distant semi-colonial territory in which Danish institutions and infrastructures were conspicuous by their absence. (Full article...)
One of the former McDonald's branches which has been converted to Metro fast food restaurant
Metro is an Icelandicfast food restaurant chain. It replaced McDonald's after McDonald's left Iceland in October 30, 2009 due to 2008–2011 Icelandic financial crisis and high import tariff on imported ingredients which requires their prices of their products to increase, which the franchise holder, Lyst Hr., refused to raise prices in order to stay competitive with local restaurants who used ingredients sourced locally, hence the franchise owner decided to close down all McDonald’s operation and replaced with their own franchise, Metro. In contrast with McDonald's, Metro uses the cheaper locally supplied ingredients which can allow the product to sell for lower price. Some original McDonald's menu items are on the Metro menu along with domestic products, with menu items previously used on McDonald's now translated to Icelandic language. (Full article...)
Skaftafell is an national park in South Iceland, which was founded on 15 September 1967. It was merged into Vatnajökull national park, on its creation on 8 June 2008. This picture is of Skaftafellsjökull, one of the glaciers of Vatnajökull.
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