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Thingvellir (Iceland)   Quick reference

The Concise Dictionary of World Place-Names (4 ed.)

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...Thingvellir , Iceland Derived from thing ‘assembly’ and vella ‘to spurt’, a reference to where the Althing ‘Parliament’ met in 930–1798 , and the local geysers. This was on the northern end of Lake Thingvallavatn ‘Assembly Plains Lake’ from thing, völlur ‘plains’, and vatn ...


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A Guide to Countries of the World (4 ed.)

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2 The number of tourists has tripled since 2000 , with nearly a million visitors in 2014 , when the industry contributed around 7 per cent of GDP, just ahead of the contribution from fisheries. Contemporary politics Iceland has one of the world’s oldest parliaments, the Althing. Since independence from Denmark in 1944 , the system of proportional representation has never given one party an absolute majority and politics has usually been consensual. In 1980 Vigdis Finnbogadottir was elected the first woman president. In the early 1990s, fishing...