1. Everyone here speaks English and they do it better than immigrants to the USA. One exception. Taxi drivers don’t speak English, just like taxi drivers in DC. But here, they do speak Icelandic, because none of them are immigrants. They are from here.
2. This place must be 99% White and 1% Asian. Thus a near zero crime rate and near zero unemployment. Police are also rare. I only saw one and she was getting lunch.
3. They do have an immigration crisis. Those damned slackers from Greenland trying to come here to take their jobs and depress wages and lay about in the social safety net hammock. Thank God for the Arctic Ocean. No wall needed.
4. Iceland is powered exclusively by geothermal and hydroelectric power. Volcanic vents makes electricity and hot water nearly unlimited and free. They don’t have or need any carbon burning power stations… and they never let you forget it. If only the rest of you neanderthal countries could be like us and use totally renewable and earth friendly energy. Obviously, they support all the wealth transfer schemes for fighting global warming since that would make Carbon credits their largest export.
5. Of course, the USA also has vast geothermal areas suitable to tapping power, but we made them into national parks and made developing them off limits. I’d love to see the Sierra club fight with the green energy crowd over that drumstick, but it will never happen. The environmentalist movement is a creation of the communist party and it’s only purpose is to damage the American economy and standard of living. They care nothing for developing real clean and free energy from the Earth. If we had a functioning geothermal generation station in Yellowstone, environmentalists would be demanding we shut it down to save some microscopic endangered brine shrimp that no one knew was there.
6. It’s cheaper to rent a car here than to take a taxi.
7. There is only one laundromat in the whole country and it’s a theme bar called the Laundromat in Reykjavik. And you can do your laundry there
8. There are no native mammals here except a small hungry arctic fox. There are no mice for them to eat. No vast herds of deer, elk, rabbits or weasels. It is common to see vast snow fields, undisturbed by any footprints, tracks or paws. It takes a while to register that what you are looking at is indeed lifeless. If something does take root through immigration, a volcano will obliterate it about once every hundred years. Even humans. In the past 200 years, volcanos have expunged 25% of the human population…. twice.
9. Epiphany: I once heard that Greenland is covered with ice while Iceland is covered with green. It’s a paradox. But really not at all. Icelanders spell their country “Island”, with the S not silent. Old Norse and Old English converged. This place is called exactly what it is. An island. I probably should have noticed that decades ago. Like in grade school, if my teachers had actually any education themselves instead of taking easy degrees in “teachers colleges”.
10. Horse Mystery solved. How are Islandic pony herds sustainable? They exist in large numbers and are more than any reasonable farmer would feed all winter just to keep a pet. Web sites are cryptic about this saying Icelandic ponies are an important cultural foundation, but don’t say why. Answer: they eat them. When the island converted to christianity, they negotiated an exception to the general prohibition from eating horses that the rest of Europe observed and that has become taboo in most western countries. They still do in Iceland and export them for food also.