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A nation of contradictions?

The Icelanders: A study in Contradictions? is an essay by Aida Sigmundsdottir where she attempts to analyze the Icelandic nation.


In it she says: "Looking at Icelandic society today it is astonishing to think that at the turn of the present [last] century Iceland was still hopelessly backward. Roads did not exist and a mere handful of houses were not made of turf. Thus in the space of two generations the Icelandic nation has taken a quantum leap forward. Today, thanks to hard work, copious amount of cod in the sea and what Icelanders in jest refer to as "the blessed war", Iceland is a throughly country with one of the highest standards of living in the world."


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Living in Iceland

-What's it like to live in Iceland?

We hope that you will want to experience living in Iceland for yourself.


However, it helps to know what to expect. Icelanders don't like to boast,- as it isn't considered good manners but here goes... We are fiercely proud of our culture, language and history and are convinced that our country is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.


Despite the weather, - which is, well... wet and windy.


Iceland is a progressive modern European society with a high standard of living and high level of technology and education. It is also the most sparsely populated country in Europe with only 310.000 inhabitants, who live mostly in the capital, Reykjavik, and surrounding areas.


But bit on the basics:

Iceland's social security system is an integral part of the Icelandic society. Through them every person is guaranteed a certain minimum coverage.

Social insurance is paid for by the State Treasury. The funds for the social insurance are collected through a premium which all employers pay to the State Treasury on all paid wages. Everyone who has been a legal resident of Iceland for a certain period of time becomes automatically a member of the Icelandic social insurance system, regardless of nationality.

Health insurance

The Icelandic health systems is extensive.  To be entitled to health insurance in Iceland a person must have been a resident in Iceland for at least six months. 


Immigrants from EEA member states who had health insurance in their home countries are regarded as having health insurance coverage in Iceland from the date of their arrival, provided they submit E ? 104 to the State Social Security Institute. 


Therefore, it is very important to bring the E ? 104 document with you to Iceland, which ensures health coverage for the first six months of your stay in Iceland. Your national Social Security Administration will be able to provide you with this document.


The health insurance includes coverage for hospitalisation, medical assistance provided outside an institution, medication, physiotherapy, patient transport, aid equipment, dental care, etc. Patients are required to pay a specified fee for treatment at health clinics (heilsugaeslustod) and out-patient wards of hospitals and a certain part for the cost of medication and other assistance.  No fee is charged for hospitalisation.


For more information on social insurance, pension funds, pension insurance, health insurance, injury insurance, health service, long-term care and so forth.


More links on living in Iceland*

CIA on Iceland

University of Notre Dame's list over websites related to Iceland

Eve Anderson went to Iceland...

The world's largest Scandinavian shop 

A weekend in Reykjavik

*Ninukot does not take any responsibility for information or material on external websites.