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Modeled on Vietnam Vets Against the War, LEAP brings unquestionable credibility and first hand experience to its critique of our drug policies to wide audiences. Find out why Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow said, "Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is a singular organization whose credibility and experience provide ...See More one of the strongest voices against the War on Drugs anywhere in the world." Show Less
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Both at home and abroad, Trauma Recovery, EMDR Humanitarian Assistance Programs (Trauma Recovery/HAP), focuses its efforts on building the capacity of under-served communities to secure effective trauma treatment through proper training and developing our Trauma Recovery Network (TRN) in communities throughout the country.
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Moms in Prayer International is a worldwide ministry devoted to covering every child and every school in prayer. Started in 1984 in Abbotsford, British Columbia, we are now headquartered in beautiful Poway, California and have prayer groups in over 140 countries. Moms in Prayer exists because one mom felt a ...See More burden to pray for her children with another mom… and we have grown into a global movement of prayer. Show Less
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Iceland is party to the Kyoto Protocol and other UN-backed consortiums on climate change and environmental sustainability.1 The country also has a long-term vision for reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.2

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1 http://eng.umhverfisraduneyti.is/media/PDF_skrar/Stefnumorkun_i_loftslagsmalum_enlokagerd.pdf
2 Ibid
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Iceland News

New York Post 
It's a filming location for “Game of Thrones,” it's the home of Björk, it's a great spot to spy the Northern Lights and it has a notoriously convoluted language. Tourism group Inspired by Iceland has played on the latter in a new video it hopes will ... See more..
GlobeNewswire (press release) 
REYKJAVIK, Iceland, Oct. 18, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Analytica Composite Leading Indicator (CLI) for Iceland rose in September for the second month in row - this time by 0.6 per cent. The value for August was revised downwards while earlier ... See more..
The Daily Meal 
There are few countries in the world that boast the magnificence and grandeur of Iceland. Surrounded by the vast North Atlantic and Arctic oceans, its mystifying atmosphere holds the theme of fire and ice at its essence. It is a land that has truly ... See more..
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Iceland Monitor 
The glacial outburst flood at Múlakvísl in South Iceland has reached a peak. Electrical conductivity is now measured around 580 µS/cm and has increased rapidly the last hour, according to an announcement from the Icelandic Met Office. People are warned ... See more..
Iceland Monitor 
Around 600 kilos of Icelandic horse meat are exported to Japan every week from Iceland. The meat, which has been popular in Iceland through the ages, is highly priced in Japan. Hopes are up to increase the export to 2.5 to 3 tonnes each week. See more..
Pinkbike.com 
They say that the Huldufólk are little people who live in the rocks and the waters. Sometimes they are referred to simply as elves, but Huldufólk is the original term, and the Icelandic government will even consider the potential whereabouts of the ... See more..
IcelandReview 
Icelandic Homemakers aren't happy with offal sales, as the amount of blood and quality of tripe included are lacking, Vísir reports. Retired farmer Sigríður Hjálmarsdóttir is used to making slátur (Icelandic sausages made with lamb offal) every autumn ... See more..
Reykjavík Grapevine 
The District Commissioner of Reykjavík issued an injunction yesterday against media outlets Stundin and Reykjavík Media, prohibiting them from doing any ... See more..
Mirror.co.uk 
They've been dubbed 'the best loyalty card for food shoppers' See more..
IcelandReview 
Iceland is renowned as a 'green' country in many ways, yet it certainly does have its dark sides in terms of environmental impact. The nation's highly consumerist ways leave an astoundingly large environmental footprint. The country does extremely well ... See more..
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Geography

Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the United Kingdom
Area

Total 103,000 sq km
Land 100,250 sq km
Water 2,750 sq km

Climate

temperate; moderated by North Atlantic Current; mild, windy winters; damp, cool summers
Natural Resources

fish, hydropower, geothermal power, diatomite ;
Natural Hazards

earthquakes and volcanic activity

volcanism: Iceland, situated on top of a hotspot, experiences severe volcanic activity; Eyjafjallajokull (elev. 1,666 m) erupted in 2010, sending ash high into the atmosphere and seriously disrupting European air traffic; scientists continue to monitor nearby Katla (elev. 1,512 m), which has a high probability of eruption in the very near future, potentially disrupting air traffic; Grimsvoetn and Hekla are Iceland's most active volcanoes; other historically active volcanoes include Askja, Bardarbunga, Brennisteinsfjoll, Esjufjoll, Hengill, Krafla, Krisuvik, Kverkfjoll, Oraefajokull, Reykjanes, Torfajokull, and Vestmannaeyjar Iceland, situated on top of a hotspot, experiences severe volcanic activity; Eyjafjallajokull (elev. 1,666 m) erupted in 2010, sending ash high into the atmosphere and seriously disrupting European air traffic; scientists continue to monitor nearby Katla (elev. 1,512 m), which has a high probability of eruption in the very near future, potentially disrupting air traffic; Grimsvoetn and Hekla are Iceland's most active volcanoes; other historically active volcanoes include Askja, Bardarbunga, Brennisteinsfjoll, Esjufjoll, Hengill, Krafla, Krisuvik, Kverkfjoll, Oraefajokull, Reykjanes, Torfajokull, and Vestmannaeyjar
Current Environmental Issues

water pollution from fertilizer runoff; inadequate wastewater treatment

Demographics

Nationality
Icelandic
Population
315,281 (July 2013 est.)
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Finances

Iceland's Scandinavian-type social-market economy combines a capitalist structure and free-market principles with an extensive welfare system. Prior to the 2008 crisis, Iceland had achieved high growth, low unemployment, and a remarkably even distribution of income. The economy depends heavily on the fishing industry, which provides 40% of export earnings, more than 12% of GDP, and employs nearly 5% of the work force. It remains sensitive to declining fish stocks as well as to fluctuations in world prices for its main exports: fish and fish products, aluminum, and ferrosilicon. Iceland's economy has been diversifying into manufacturing and service industries in the ...See More last decade, particularly within the fields of software production, biotechnology, and tourism. Abundant geothermal and hydropower sources have attracted substantial foreign investment in the aluminum sector, boosted economic growth, and sparked some interest from high-tech firms looking to establish data centers using cheap green energy, although the financial crisis has put several investment projects on hold. Much of Iceland's economic growth in recent years came as the result of a boom in domestic demand following the rapid expansion of the country's financial sector. Domestic banks expanded aggressively in foreign markets, and consumers and businesses borrowed heavily in foreign currencies, following the privatization of the banking sector in the early 2000s. Worsening global financial conditions throughout 2008 resulted in a sharp depreciation of the krona vis-a-vis other major currencies. The foreign exposure of Icelandic banks, whose loans and other assets totaled more than 10 times the country's GDP, became unsustainable. Iceland's three largest banks collapsed in late 2008. The country secured over $10 billion in loans from the IMF and other countries to stabilize its currency and financial sector, and to back government guarantees for foreign deposits in Icelandic banks. GDP fell 6.8% in 2009, and unemployment peaked at 9.4% in February 2009. GDP rose 2.7% in 2012 and unemployment declined to 5.6%. Since the collapse of Iceland's financial sector, government economic priorities have included: stabilizing the krona, implementing capital controls, reducing Iceland's high budget deficit, containing inflation, addressing high household debt, restructuring the financial sector, and diversifying the economy. Three new banks were established to take over the domestic assets of the collapsed banks. Two of them have foreign majority ownership, while the State holds a majority of the shares of the third. Iceland began making payments to the UK, the Netherlands, and other claimants in late 2011 following Iceland's Supreme Court ruling that upheld 2008 emergency legislation that gives priority to depositors for compensation from failed Icelandic banks. Iceland owes British and Dutch authorities approximately $5.5 billion for compensating British and Dutch citizens who lost deposits in Icesave when parent bank Landsbanki failed in 2008. Iceland began accession negotiations with the EU in July 2010; however, public support has dropped substantially because of concern about losing control over fishing resources and in reaction to worries over the ongoing Eurozone crisis. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$13.04 billion (2012 est.); $12.83 billion (2011 est.); $12.47 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

9.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 8.2% of GDP (2011 est.); 4.4% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

potatoes, green vegetables; mutton, chicken, pork, beef, dairy products; fish
Industries

fish processing; aluminum smelting, ferrosilicon production; geothermal power, hydropower, tourism