Country: Iceland

Population: 301,931

Capital: Reykjavik

Time Zone: UTC+0

Currency Name: Icelandic Kr?na (ISK)

Government Type: parliamentary representative democratic republic

Languages: Icelandic, English, Nordic languages, German widely spoken

Ethnic Breakdown: homogeneous mixture of descendants of Norse and Celts 94%, population of foreign origin 6%

Religion: Lutheran Church of Iceland 85.5%, Reykjavik Free Church 2.1%, Roman Catholic Church 2%, Hafnarfjorour Free Church 1.5%, other Christian 2.7%, other or unspecified 3.8%, unaffiliated 2.4%

Major Cities: Reykjavik

Phone Country Code: 354

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Official Tourism Website: www.icetourist.is/

High Travel Season: June - August

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, f

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 6 (Epiphany), January 19 (Husband's Day), February 18 (Women's Day), Easter, First Day of Summer, May 1 (May Day), May 13 (Mother's Day), Ascension Day, Whit Sunday & Monday, June 3 (The Seamen's Day), June 17 (Icelandic National Day), June 24 (Jon's Mass), Commerce Day, First Day of Winter, November 16 (Icelandic Language Day), December 1 (Self-governance Day), December 24-26 (Christmas), December 31 (New Year's Eve)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Iceland is the only country in the world that has never had an army of its own.