Everyone's always focused on the big picture when comparing countries. America spends half of the world's total military spending, Iceland has no military. American has the death penalty, Icelandic don't even let police carry pepper spray. "Liberal" is used as an insult in America, while you're apt to hear Alþjóðasöngur Verkjalýðsins ("The International Song of the Proletariat") sung at a party meeting of the governing centrist Icelandic political party on International World Workers Day. Things like that. But what's often glanced over are the structural differences, how people do everyday activities in a different manner than you might expect. In some regards, Iceland is the unusual one. In some regards, it's America, and most of you don't even realize it.
And that is what this diary is about. Well, that and some of the random fun quirks. :)
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