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Carry On Icelandic: Culture [selections] (2004)

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Menning - Culture

Menning

Ķslendingar hafa löngum veriš fastheldnir į gömul veršmęti; tungu sķna, žjóšerni og frelsi. Fastheldnin hefur lżst sér ķ barįttu fyrir žessum veršmętum um aldir. Varšveisla tungu og bókmennta hefur löngum veriš eitt helsta barįttumįl žjóšarinnar og barist var fyrir fullveldi og frelsi undan dönskum yfirrįšum žar til sigur vannst. Ķslendingar uršu frjįls og fullvalda žjóš į nż įriš 1918, eftir nęrri sjö aldir undir erlendri stjórn, fyrst Noršmanna, sķšar Dana. Lżšveldi var sķšan stofnaš įriš 1944. Nś žykir mörgum sem ķslenskri menningu sé nż hętta bśin af svokallašri amerķkaniseringu. Ašrir telja slķkt fjarstęšu, Ķslendingar fylgist einfaldlega vel meš.

Culture

For a long time, Icelanders have held fast to old ways, to their language, nationality, and liberty. Over the centuries, their struggle for such values has attested their sense of tradition. The preservation of Icelandic language and literature has long been one of the Icelanders' greatest concerns, and the struggle for sovereignty and independence from Danish rule persisted until victory was gained. Icelanders won their independence and national sovereignty again in 1918, after nearly seven centuries of foreign rule, first under the Norway, then Denmark. In 1944, the Republic of Iceland was constituted. To many it now seems as though Icelandic culture is under a new threat, so-called "Americanization." Others think such concerns absurd - Icelanders are simply keeping up.

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