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Althing

(äl`thĭng) [Icel.,=general diet], parliament of Iceland. This assembly, the oldest in Europe, was convened at Thingvellir, SW Iceland, in 930. It was dissolved in 1800, was revived as an advisory body to the Danish monarchy in 1845, and in 1874, when Iceland was granted a constitution, became again a legislative body. The Althing in 1944 voted the independence of Iceland from Denmark, a decision ratified by popular vote. The Althing is now a 63-member unicameral body, but until 1991 it comprised a lower house (two thirds of members) and an upper house (one third). Members are elected by a system of proportional representation.
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Over the centuries, despite successive foreign invaders and occupiers seeking to quash it, the Althing has persisted, showing as much stubbornness as the Icelandic people.
It is called the Althing and the Vikings established it in the year 930.
This amending measure was passed by the Icelandic parliament the Althing in May 2008 and essentially brings into law the recommendations made by FATF.
Iceland has the oldest parliament in the world, the Althing, which first met in the year 930.
Thus, for example, recent ethnographic work on the Akha, by my student Cornelia Kammerer, and by the late Leo Althing von Geusau, carried out in Thailand during the 1980s, made considerable use of the summary of Akha data by Paul Lewis when the latter lived with the Akha (the 2 volume HRAF 1969-70).
From the eighteenth century onwards there was a trickle of visitors from Europe: they were artists, scholars and romantics, come to paint the towering cloud over Vatnajokul, or hunt for manuscripts of the Eddas in farmhouses, or learn about democracy from the records of the Althing, or go into Wordsworthian raptures about Thingvellir, or transcribe runes from standing stones, or speculate about tectonic plates and the age of the earth.
The Government House, the National Gallery, and the Althing (parliament house), which dates from 1798, are the main attractions.
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