Iceland is an island nation located in the North Atlantic Ocean between mainland Europe and Greenland. It is the least populous of the Nordic countries and the second smallest; it has a population of about 340,000 and a total area of 103,000 km². Its capital and largest city is Reykjavík.
Iceland is volcanically and geologically active on a large scale; this defines the landscape in various ways. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterized by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while many big glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a temperate climate and provides a habitable environment and nature.
Until the twentieth century, the Icelandic population relied on fisheries and agriculture, and was from 1262 to 1918 a part of the Norwegian and later the Danish monarchies. In the twentieth century, Iceland's economy and welfare system developed quickly. In recent decades, Iceland has implemented free trade in the European Economic Area and diversified from fishing to new economic fields in services, finance, and various industries.
Today, Iceland has some of the world's highest levels of economic and civil freedoms. As of 2007, Iceland is ranked as the most developed country in the world by the United Nations' Human Development Index. It is also the fourth most productive country per capita, and one of the most egalitarian, as rated by the Gini coefficient. Iceland is a member of the UN, NATO, EFTA, EEA and OECD, but not of the European Union.
Embassy of the Republic Iceland
Ambassador: His Excellency Ms Kristin A. Arnadottir
Consulate of Iceland
Honorary Consul: Ms. Iris Richter - Auckland
Honorary Consul: Mr Geiri Petursson - Nelson
Nordic Council and Nordic Council of Ministers
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