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Democracy, food, environment: lessons we can learn from Iceland


Molly Pollock comments on our Nordic connections and the extraordinary experience of Iceland, when one of Europe’s poorest countries voted for independence from Denmark in 1944 and is now one of the richest countries in Europe as Icelanders share their wealth. He believed in the country and himself. Scotland is the richest part of Britain after London and the South East, so what are so many people afraid of? Also everyone should see the film.

I developed a passion for Scandi and Nordic noir during the past year and more of lockdown and isolation. Grizzly, not a chilling psychological drama, but a more interesting crime drama with their well-developed characters, details of their lives and families, their backgrounds, dazzling details of the Stockholm region, with its archipelago of islands dotted with summers, harsh, The remote regions and dramatic Icelandic landscape of greater Sweden.

The Scandinavian countries were visited many years ago on several occasions when the DFDS traveled from Newcastle to Esbjerg and Gothenburg and there was always a sense of kinship with our northern European neighbours. But Iceland never went. Despite this, the books I’ve read recently by Icelandic authors, and surprisingly many of them, given the country’s population of just over 360,000, gave me a strong feeling for that remote country. left with. Iceland can clearly claim the highest per capita publication of books and magazines. Not bad for a country with a population equal to that of Aberdeen and Dundee.

Many similarities between Iceland and Scotland can be identified in these crime novels, the way people lived in the past, made their living, their outlook on life. Perhaps not entirely surprising as some of Iceland’s first settlers were of Celtic origin from Ireland and Scotland. However, Icelanders tend to be more confident than Scots with a more positive and can-do attitude. While 300 and more years of being told that we are too wee, too poor, too stupid has taken its toll, sticking to the coat-tails of Westminster is a less risky stance for some Scots.

The Phantom Power film, presented by broadcaster and writer Leslie Ridoch Iceland: Extreme Nation Appeared about two years ago and is still very relevant today. While Iceland has revamped its democracy in the wake of the 2008 financial crash, jailing many of its bankers in the process, Scotland is still waiting to decide its future.

Denmark granted Iceland a constitution and limited home rule in 1874, and it was expanded in 1904. Under the Danish-Icelandic Act of Union Iceland was recognized as a sovereign, independent state in a personal union with Denmark. It was signed on 1 December 1918 and had a validity of 25 years.

Iceland then declared its independence from Denmark in 1944 when Denmark was dealing with a Nazi invasion, a 25-year union that ended the previous year. The Icelandic Declaration of Independence followed a referendum on ending personal union with Denmark, abolishing the monarchy, and establishing a republic. 97% of Icelanders voted to end the union, with 95% voting in favor of the republic. This compares with about 50% of Scots who are in favor of independence. As far as the monarchy is concerned, it still enjoys significant support in Scotland.

The Icelandic climate is not conducive to growing vegetables, but using its natural geothermal resources and modern technology, Icelanders manage to produce enough tomatoes and other vegetables to meet demand. It is considered necessary to be self-sufficient in terms of food, food security. Far from a proposed UK/Australian trade deal that threatens to destroy Scottish farmers, Brexit has already dealt a serious blow to fishermen.

Then there is the environment. Icelanders were informed of the need to build several aluminum smelters in areas of natural beauty if they wanted to retain their state pensions and other benefits. Calls to destroy large parts of the natural environment were resisted because Icelanders thought there was a better way forward, and believed they benefited from that decision.

And the lesson for Scotland? We need to be confident, stand up for what we believe in and work for the kind of society we Scotland want for ourselves and our children and grandchildren. We need to be innovative, develop a can-do attitude, let technology work for us, and make sure everyone benefits, not just the rich.

But we need freedom to get there. We don’t need 97% of Scots to support independence (though that would be fantastic) but we do need a substantial majority to clearly show the direction the Scots want to travel and to ensure that we have There is as wide a consensus as possible for such a framework. The country we want is Scotland.

To reach that point we need to convince our relatives, friends and neighbors more about the benefits of freedom.

see mighty Iceland: Extreme Nation And give the link to those still waiting to be persuaded to vote yes.

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