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Iceland’s longest volcanic eruption in half a century

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Sunday marked six months since the start of the volcanic eruption that currently fascinates spectators near Reykjavik, making it the longest eruption Iceland has witnessed in more than 50 years. The first lava began to erupt from a fissure near Mount Fagradalsfjall on the evening of March 19 on the Reykjanes Peninsula southwest of Reykjavik. And the ensuing spectacle – ranging from a mere trickle of lava at times to more spectacular throws of rocks and stones resembling geysers – has become a major tourist attraction, drawing 300,000 visitors so far, according to the ‘Icelandic Tourist Board.

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Iceland is a northern island country in the North Atlantic Ocean, with a population of 356,991 and an area of ​​103,000 km2 (40,000 square miles), making it the least populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterized by fields of sand and lava, mountains and glaciers, and many glacial rivers flow into the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite having a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.

Iceland gained independence in 1918 and founded a republic in 1944. Although its parliament (Althing) was suspended from 1799 to 1845, the island republic has been credited with supporting the oldest and largest parliament. ancient of the world.

Hard hit by the global financial crisis, the country’s entire banking system systematically failed in October 2008, leading to an economic crisis and the collapse of the country’s three largest banks. By 2014, the Icelandic economy had recovered significantly, in large part due to the boom in tourism.

Iceland has the smallest population of any NATO member and is the only one without a standing army, with lightly armed coast guards.

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