Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Icelandic Stereotypes Dissolved

There are quite a few stereotypes about Iceland that actually are not true. One for example, if that people think that because it is named Iceland, that the country is extremely freezing and covered in ice and snow. This is not true, however. For it's location, Iceland is actually rather warm with mild winters. This is because of the North Atlantic Current. Average temperatures usually do not drop lower than a few degrees Celsius, or around 37.4 degrees Fahrenheit. There is also a lot of land that has almost no snow on it with a lot of green, moss, grass, etc. Another stereotype is wondering if Iceland is clothed in complete darkness in the winter. This is also not true. In December, the sun rises around 11:30 AM and sets around 3:30 PM. In the summer time, it is light almost 24 hours a day, however, it does get a bit  darker in the afternoons. Many people think the all Icelanders look alike with blonde hair and blue eyes and while several may, this is not a constant. Icelanders can all have different physical features just as people in other countries do. People may also stereotype that after the economic crisis in Iceland, people are much more savvy and stingy with spending their money. This may be true in some instances, but overall, there is not a huge difference in socio-economic classes in Iceland in general. This is seen often in Nordic countries. While there are rich and poor, the rich are not living frivolously in giant homes and the poor are not confined to "low-income" areas.

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