A country where no one locks the door with a key, there is no need for private clinics and military personnel
It turns out that there is a country with a way of life that reminds us of Utopia. There is free medicine, education, no army, and locking the door with a key is generally considered offensive. People there often live to be 100 years old. We are talking about Iceland. Yes, the people of this small country consider themselves very happy.
1. Doors in houses are not locked
The population of Iceland is only 325,000 people living in an area of 103,000 square kilometers. Residents of small towns know each other well and are much more involved in the country’s Affairs than residents of large megacities in other countries. Perhaps this is why Iceland’s social model is so interesting. The population of small towns is very peaceful and friendly, houses and cars are not locked, and the use of keys is generally considered offensive.
2. A state without an army
It’s hard to believe, but in Iceland there is no army at all, only border guards. If someone from the country wants to link their future with the armed forces, they can easily join the Norwegian army, with which Iceland has a contract.
It is noteworthy that every year Iceland is visited by a huge number of tourists. For example, in 2017, the tourist flow exceeded the country’s population by 6 times. People come to Iceland primarily because of its stunning original nature, geothermal springs and sports tourism. As for the entertainment sector, it is not very developed in this country. The local population mostly adheres to conservative views, likes peace and lead a quiet measured life. As for the attitude to visitors, it is simply amazing. The descendants of Vikings are always friendly, polite and not averse to chat.
4. A country without a single McDonald’s
There are no McDonalds in Iceland. The latter closed during the crisis in 2009. Nevertheless, Icelanders do not mind eating well. Almost every family has a grill, and young people are just crazy about pizza.
It is hard to believe, but the descendants of the glorious Vikings are very superstitious and still sincerely believe in the existence of elves and trolls. When laying a new highway, designers always consult with experts in folklore, so as not to accidentally destroy the habitat of fantastic creatures. If there is a boulder in the path of the proposed highway that elves can live under, it is likely that the route of the road will be changed.
The majority of Icelanders live a long life. The average life expectancy for men is 76 years, and for women it is 81 years. Many old people in this country are over a hundred years old, and this does not surprise anyone.
7. Water supply in Iceland
Water flows into the homes of Icelanders directly from the geysers. And if in European countries it is customary to heat it, then efforts are needed to cool the water. It is noteworthy that Iceland does not use cleaning filters at all. The only negative is the smell of hydrogen sulfide.
8. Most popular professions
The most popular professions in Iceland today are artist, designer and musician. Every bartender, waiter and worker dreams of getting a higher education in one of the above professions. Fun fact, despite the hype around creative professions, working as a designer in Iceland is not very profitable. The fact is that many Icelanders consider themselves artists and are able to furnish their own apartment or come up with a wedding dress design.
The Icelandic language has not changed much in the last 1000 years. It contains letters that have long disappeared from English and other languages. This is why the Viking language is so difficult to learn. However, do not worry too much about this, because most people are fluent in English.
10. Technical progress
Residents of Iceland practically do not use cash. Even the smallest things they pay with a Bank card. Also, due to its small population, this country is almost devoid of bureaucracy. You can get or send the required certificate/document by email or via the Internet.
It is noteworthy that there are almost no private hospitals in Iceland. The country’s health care system works so well that there is no need for private clinics. According to the quality of medicine, Iceland is ranked 15th in the world ranking.