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.
For almost 1,000 years the country's ancient parliament, the Althing
, met here.
It is historically false--Iceland's Althing
is far older--and badly misrepresents the original quotation.
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).
Thingvellir, a 10th century settlement and venue of the Althing
, Iceland's first parliament, is in easy driving distance, too.
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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