Iceland

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Culture

Culture

  • The culture of Iceland is rich and varied as well as being known for its literary heritage which stems from authors from the 12th to 14th centuries. Other Icelandic traditional arts include weaving, silversmithing, and wood carving.
  • Iceland's best-known classical works of literature are the Icelanders' sagas, prose epics set in Iceland's age of settlement. The most famous of these include Njáls saga.
  • Iceland is the home of the reasonably successful 80s and 90s band The Sugarcubes from which very successful singer Björk hailed from. Also another popular musical group from Iceland is Sigur Rós.
  • Important parts of Icelandic cuisine are lamb, dairy, and fish, due to Iceland's proximity to the ocean. Fish is usually dried, smoked, salted or baked and commonly prepared with garlic. One of the most eaten meats is lamb. Lamb dishes are usually served with mustard sauce or cut in fillets. The others are horse and beef. Dairy products are very important to Icelanders. There are over 80 types of cheese made, some of which have won international awards. Available vegetables are cabbage, potatoes, rutabaga, salad, turnips, tomatoes and cucumbers.
  • Popular sports include handball, football, athletics, basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, swimming, and chess; horseback riding on Icelandic horses is also popular. Team handball is often referred to as a national sport. Iceland's team is one of the top ranked teams in the world, recently winning the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China, and a bronze medal in the 2010 European Championship.
  • Icelanders are famous for their immense strength. Strength athletics and powerlifting have been Iceland's greatest success in sports on an international level.
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    Source: www.wikipedia.org