30 Strange & Intriguing Facts About Iceland & Its Culture

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In the 1880s, 20% percent of autopsies performed in Iceland revealed echinococcosis, a type of tapeworm that can be passed from dogs to humans, causing blindness and severe complications. As a result, the city of Reykjavik had a ban on keeping dogs as pets for decades.

27. In Iceland, there's a traditional bread (Rúgbrauð) that you can bake in a pot by burying it in the ground near a hot spring.

28. According to Icelandic folklore, the monstrous Yule Cat will eat you if you don't receive any clothing for Christmas.

29. The Icelandic band Sigur Ros felt so strongly that music was more than words that they made up their own language for one of their albums.

30. Iceland's SWAT unit (the closest thing they have to an army), is called the Viking Squad.

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