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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Al■jˇ­asamstarf - International Cooperation

Al■jˇ­asamstarf

═sland gekk til li­s vi­ Sameinu­u ■jˇ­irnar 1946 og tˇk ■ßtt Ý stofnun OECD, Evrˇpurß­sins, NATO og fleiri al■jˇ­astofnana. Seinna var­ ═sland a­ili a­ GATT, UNESCO, EFTA og EES.

═sland hefur einnig ß sÝ­ari ßrum teki­ Ý auknum mŠli ■ßtt Ý fri­argŠslu ß vegum Sameinu­u ■jˇ­anna og NATO. Fram a­ ■essu hafa lŠknar, hj˙krunarli­, verkfrŠ­ingar og l÷ggŠslumenn veri­ fulltr˙ar ═slands Ý ■essu starfi.

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═slenska hj˙krunarkonan ١runn Jˇnsdˇttir Ý b˙ningi breska hersins a­ st÷rfum ß vegum NATO Ý SFOR Ý BosnÝu (Icelandic nurse ١runn Jˇnsdˇttir in a British Army uniform working for NATO in SFOR in Bosnia).

═slendingar eiga ekki a­ild a­ Evrˇpusambandinu. Stjˇrnv÷ld hafa fram a­ ■essu veri­ mˇtfallin a­ild, me­al annars af ˇtta vi­ a­ a­ild lÝtillar ■jˇ­ar a­ stˇrri evrˇpskri efnahagsheild geti veikt ■jˇ­erni hennar og menningu. ═slendingar rß­a yfir au­ugum fiskimi­um sem ■eir byggja afkomu sÝna a­ verulegu leyti ß.

Margir ═slendingar eru ■ˇ ■eirrar sko­unar a­ a­ild hafi ˇtvÝrŠ­a kosti Ý f÷r me­ sÚr, auk ■ess sem a­ildarleysi geti leitt af sÚr efnahagslega og pˇlitÝska einangrun og ■ß sÚ hagv÷xturinn Ý hŠttu.

International Cooperation

Iceland joined the United Nations in 1946 and took part in the establishment of the OECD, Council of Europe, NATO, and other international organizations. More recently, Iceland has gained membership of GATT, UNESCO, EFTA, and EES.

Recently Iceland has increased its participation in UN and NATO peace-keeping operations. For this purpose Iceland has contributed doctors, medics, engineers and law enforcement officials.

Iceland is not a member of the European Union. The Icelandic government has been against membership due in large part to the fear that the membership of such a small nation as Iceland to a large European economic grouping would weaken its sense of nationality and culture. Iceland controls rich fishing grounds which form the main basis of Iceland's economic survival.

Many Icelanders think however that membership would come with clear advantages and that non-membership may lead to an economic and political isolation which could endanger the nation's rate of economic development.

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