Re-unification of Iceland and Norway


A group of Icelanders have started a campaign to have the country brought under the administration of the Norwegian government as “Norway’s 20th county”, writes

The group, Fylkisflokkurin (“The County Party”), already has just over one thousand members. In their mission statement, the group administrator writes that they aim for “the re-uninfication of Iceland and Norway”, wherein “the Norwegian government would constitutionally protect and promote Icelandic culture while Icelanders would enjoy all the same rights as Norwegians.” – Iceland is just too small to raise up talented politicians. It is also too small to raise and nurture properly talented people, says the group founder and director of the National Center of Addiction Medicine (SÁÁ), Gunnar Smári Egilsson, reports Nettavisen.

Iceland was colonized in medieval times, mainly by Norwegian people. The first wave probably started in 860, and saw its heyday from about 870 to 930, according to historian Per Norseng. Iceland and Norway formed a common Norse cultural area in the North Sea, and much of Norway’s history was chronicled by Icelandic writer Snorri Sturluson.

Iceland was brought under Norwegian rule around 1262. This lasted until the Kalmar Union in 1380, which united the three kingdoms of Denmark, Norway (with Iceland, Greenland, Faroe Islands, Shetland and Orkney), and Sweden (including some of Finland) under a single monarch. In the union, Denmark was the stronger country, and eventually gained rule over both Norway and Iceland (as well as Greenland and the Faroe Islands). Norway left this relationship in 1814, and Iceland in 1944.

Source: The Nordic Page
Feature image (on top): Allen Watkin | Reykjavik skyline