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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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safjrur

safjrur

Strsti br Vestfjara er safjrur me um a bil 3.000 ba (2000) safjrur stendur vi Skutulsfjr sem er vestasti fjrurinn er gengur til suurs r safjarardjpi. Hann er girtur hum og brttum fjllum bar hliar.

Verslun sr alllanga sgu safiri. ri 1569 hfu kaupmenn teki sr fasta bsetu eyrinni, sem brinn stendur enn , og heimildir eru um verslunarhs r timbri fr fyrri hluta 17. aldar. Enn standa nokkur hs fr 18. ld, sem n hafa veri frilst, og setja au srstakan svip binn. Lti er um svo gmul hs slandi.

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Nestakaupsta safiri er varveitt elsta og heillegasta hsayrpingin slandi fr 18. ld (At Nestikaupstaur in safjrur mostly intact, the oldest cluster of houses from the 18th century is preserved,).

Enn er safjrur helsti verslunarstaur Vestfiringa en jnar eim einnig hva varar sklagngu unglinga og msa jnustu ara. hefur brinn lengi veri tgerarbr.

Vestfjrum er meiri fjldi nba en annars staar landinu, ea um 7% ba fjrungsins. landinu llu er hlutfall nba hins vegar 4%. Nbar fr 44 mismunandi jum eru n Vestfjrum. Fr rinu 1997 hafa Vestfiringar haldi srstaka jaht sem hefur noti mikilla vinslda og ori til a vekja athygli eirri menningarfjlbreytni sem n er a vera Vestfjrum og landinu llu.

safjrur

With approximately 3,000 residents (2000), safjrur is the largest town in the West Fjords. The town lies in Skutulsfjrur, the most westerly of the fjords that run in a southerly direction from safjarardjp. High, steep mountains enclose the fjord from both sides.

safjrur has a very long history of trade. In 1569, merchants established a permanent habitation on the spit of land on which the town is now placed, and we have documents from the early seventeenth-century about a trading house made out of timber. Some eighteenth-century houses are still standing: these have now been protected by law. There are not many old houses like these in Iceland and they add something special to the appearance of the town

safjrur is still the main trading centre for the people of the West Fjords; it is a place where children can attend school and provides various other services. safjrur has long been an important fishing town.

There is a higher proportion of immigrants in the West Fjords than in other parts of the country, or 7% of residents. The proportion for the country as a whole is 4%. Immigrants from 44 nations now live in the West Fjords, and since 1997 the people of the region have held a special cultural festival (enjoying much popularity) that highlights the cultural variety which now exists in both the West Fjords and Iceland as a whole.

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