Icelandic Republic Day
This date also marks the end of the country’s ties with Denmark—ties that existed for hundreds of years. It’s a holiday observed on a national scale, with parades at the local and national levels, speeches given by the personification of Iceland, and poetry recitals.
It’s also a time when people participate in celebrations that include musical performances and plenty of food; food that includes Kleinur, Hákarl, Pylsa, and Skyr.
The History of Icelandic Republic Day
Thanks to a clause in the 1918 Act of Union with Denmark, a revision was allowed in the republic in 1943. It couldn’t officially happen that year in the country because of the Nazi occupation of Denmark, but the referendum on abolishing the monarchy continued anyway and was approved by a vast majority. On June 17th, 1944, Denmark’s King Christian X sent a letter to Iceland congratulating them on the establishment of their republic.
Cool Facts About Iceland
We’ve assembled quite a collection of cool facts about Iceland that we think everyone will appreciate. The following facts are not only informative but also entertaining. So, let’s all take a moment to check them out.
- Iceland has the most northerly capital city in the world. Reykjavík is located just south of the Arctic Circle.
- Beer was banned in Iceland until 1989.
- In Reykjavík, a complete ban on dogs was enforced in 1924.
- In Iceland, many people still believe in Icelandic elves known as huldufólk.
- About 375,000 people currently call Iceland home.
- Iceland receives almost 2 million visitors a year.
- Iceland hasn’t had a McDonald’s since 2009.
Observing Icelandic Republic Day
Parades in Iceland are sights to be seen. They usually start with a parade at the local level that includes brass bands, mounted riders, flag bearers, members of the military, and Icelandic Scouts.
When these formal celebrations end, people can then partake in some of the less formal celebrations. These celebrations include music, food, and drink. On social media, the hashtag #IcelandicRepublicDay is used to spread the word about these events.