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Weird rules and regulations in Iceland
It is no secret that a hundred years ago, Icelanders weren‘t very modern. They were seen a bit uncultivated in the eyes of their contemporaries.
The Irish author Henry De Vere Stacpoole came to Iceland in 1910 and wasn‘t all that impressed by the country, and it‘s people. He said it was impossible to distinguish Icelandic men from other Europeans; they could be Danish, German or Swedish. On the other hand, the Icelandic women were like no other in the world, and they never smiled.
He said Icelanders only owned sheep, butter, salted fish, horses and poets.
He‘s not the only one to find Icelanders a little bit weird. Ida Pfeiffer came in the middle of the 19th century and said Icelanders disappointed her; she thought they would be better than other Europeans due to their poverty. She was amazed by Icelanders poverty but at the same time, didn’t understand why the same people wanted her to pay for accommodation and guidance.