Vigdís Finnbogadóttir (b. 1930) was the
first and only female president of Iceland, and the first democratically
elected female President in the world. With sixteen years as president, from
1980 to 1996, she is also the longest-serving elected female head of state.
Her presidency was
the culmination of significant efforts to improve women’s rights in the
country, and was influenced by the 1975 general strike, when 90% of Iceland’s
women refused to work. She was so popular she was re-elected three times. She
is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and the founder of the Council of Women World
Good afternoon, folks, and welcome to today’s statistical map, which in some ways is a follow up to yesterday’s. Yesterday, we looked at the most searched ESC ‘17 artist in each country according to Google trends, whilst today, we’re going to have a look at search interest in the Eurovision in general over the course of the last week. Which countries have been most abuzz with online curiosity regarding the contest?
As explained in this post about US searches for Eurovision, the way that Google analyses how popular a keyword is across nations is by giving a score of “100″ to the country in which the keyword has the biggest proportion of all searches, then measuring other countries’ interest in proportion to that nation.
When it comes to Eurovision, by far the most electronically engaged nation is Iceland, whose proportion of Google searches that include Eurovision dwarfs nearly every other nation. The two countries that come closest to Iceland’s ESC search proportion are two other island nations with small populations: Malta and Cyprus, but even these search for ESC little more than a third as much as Iceland.
The roll call of countries who search ESC at least one tenth to one fifth as much as Iceland include Greece, Ireland, some of this year’s favourites like Portugal and Armenia, a few nations in S.E. Europe, all the Baltics, Sweden and Denmark. Every other country in Europe’s proportional number of ESC searches was less than 10% of that of Iceland, with Google interest being particularly low in Russia (not even 0.5% of that of Iceland) and, more bewilderingly, the hosts Ukraine.
This is part of why my heart really goes out to the Icelanders on having not qualified for three years straight. My friends from Iceland are amongst the most passionate followers of ESC; their country has a great national final and puts a lot of effort into their songs. It’s a shame that indifference meets a country who have anything but indifference for the competition.
YOU ALL HAVE PROBABLY SEEN THIS BEFORE! LIKE TATTOOED ON MY BICEP IN THE SECOND BEFORE I SPLIT YOUR HEAD OPEN! YOU PROBABLY THOUGHT “OH COOL! BUT IT HAS ABSOLUTELY NO SYMBOLIC SIGNIFICANCE WHATSOEVER OBVIOUSLY!”
WELL YOU WERE WRONG! IT’S CALLED THE VEGVISIR! THAT’S ICELANDIC FOR “SIGN POST”! THOUGH MY BICEP IS NOT A SIGN POST I HOPE, THAT WOULD MAKE IT HARD TO SWING AN AXE!
THE SYMBOL IS INTENDED TO HELP THE WEARER FIND THEIR WAY THROUGH STORMS, EVEN WHEN THEY HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA WHERE THEY ARE GOING! IT’S LIKE VIKING GPS! BET YOU DIDN’T KNOW THE VIKINGS INVENTED GPS!!!!! AND YOU CAN TELL THAT I DIDN’T JUST TOTALLY MAKE UP THAT IT WAS FOR NAVIGATION, BECAUSE IN CASE YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN A COMPASS IN YOUR LIFE, THERE IS ONE LINE FOR EACH CARDINAL DIRECTION!
IF YOU WANT TO NITPICK, HISTORIANS HAVE ONLY FOUND THE VEGVISIR IN LIKE ONE MANUSCRIPT, AND THAT BOOK IS FROM 1880 (AND THE PICTURE ABOVE IS A SCAN OF IT!!!! RAIDER POSTS REAL SOURCES!!!!!) SO WE’RE NOT SURE IF VEGVISIR WAS SOMETHING REAL VIKINGS ACTUALLY USED OR IF IT WAS SOMETHING SOME GUY JUST MADE UP.
BUT SINCE I AM A REAL VIKING AND I USE IT, OBVIOUSLY IT IS LEGITIMATE!!! GET VEGVISIR TATTOOED ON UR BICEP TODAY AND YOU’LL NEVER HAVE TO USE GOOGLE MAPS EVER AGAIN AND THAT’S A RAIDER GUARANTEE. SINCE I GOT THIS THING I NEVER GET LOST! ONLY TEMPORARILY REROUTED TO PLACES I DON’T WANT TO BE, WHERE I HAVE TO ASK FOR DIRECTIONS!!!!!!!! IT REALLY WORKS!!!
Here’s the little clip from 1994’s Icelandic comedy television show (Áramótaskaup) featuring the one and only Stefán Karl back when he was 19. I will post the full YouTube link below if you’d like to appreciate Icelandic comedy I personally think it’s brilliant ♥
Hongice idea where together Iceland and Hong Kong go it the beach and they decide to challenge each other by having to find something on the beach that matches the other’s eyes.
Iceland finds many bits of wood, smooth rocks, sea glass, etc that fits his search but understandably HK has a harder time. But they meet back up, and Ice gives all his things and HK thinks it’s cool and then HK just hands him a partly crushed grape soda can.
Bonus: Ice keeps it and next time HK sees it he’s like “Awh, fuckin’ sentimental punk.”
In the spirit of the World Penguin day here are images of the so called “original penguin”. The great auk was the first bird to be called a penguin, even though it does not belong to the same group of birds that we today refer to as penguins. Historical records of colonies consisting of thousands of great auks are known, but the bird went extinct around 1840s when the last individuals were killed by bird collectors. A stuffed specimen of a great auk was bought by the Iceland’s Natural History Museum for $18,000- the most expensive stuffed bird ever sold.