Living in Iceland means you can always brag about living in the coolest country on Earth. May it be small, Iceland is among the leaders of the badass-list in many aspects.
1. The average Icelander consumes 8.3 kilograms of coffee beans per year, which makes them the world’s fourth largest coffee consumers per capita. Yeah man, I love this country. (I’m having a double espresso right now)
2. According to a seemingly serious academic study reported in the Guardian in 2006, Icelanders are the happiest people on earth.
3. Iceland is the country with the sixth highest GDP per capita in the world.
4. It has the highest birth rate in Europe (Iceland has one of the highest fertility rates in Europe, which means 2.1 children per woman) and the highest percentage of women working outside the home.
5. Icelanders buy the most books and read the most.
6. It’s the only NATO-country with no armed forces (they were banned 700 years ago).
8. The life expectancy both for women and men is above average. (84 and 82 years)
9. It has the highest ratio of mobile telephones to population.
10. Iceland owns the fastest-expanding banking system in the world and rocketing export business as well.
11. Iceland elected the world’s first female president, Vigdis Finnbogadottir, a single mother, 28 years ago.
12. Iceland has Björk, Ásgeir, the Samaris, an amazing national orchestra and so many more cool musicians that it’s impossible to list them all.
13. It had the first female Prime Minister Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir and the world’s first openly lesbian head of government on 1 February 2009.
14. Reykjavík is the world’s northernmost capital of a sovereign state.
15. Iceland has the world’s cleanest electricity.
16. The Icelandic educational system is ranked 5th highest in the world according to IMD (IMD 2012)
17. In the World Economic Forum´s Global Gender Gap Report for 2012, Iceland is ranked number one. Iceland has one the highest rate of women’s participation in the labour market among the OECD countries, or 76,3%. Women are 47,7% of the Icelandic labour force (Statistics Iceland)
18. The use of the Internet in Iceland is among the top countries in the world in terms of Internet deployment and use
19. Iceland has the highest number of Chlamydia cases per capita among women aged 18 to 25 in Europe. (Ok this is not so badass)
20. Iceland has the highest divorce rate in the world. (This neither)
21. Iceland is home to the world’s largest per capita population of weed smokers, according to a new drug report of 2014.
22. It is the highest antidepressant-consuming country in the world. At almost twice the OECD average, its antidepressant consumption is 106 doses a day for every 1,000 people.