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Gay Guide Iceland
In Iceland the general age of consent is 14. The Icelandic gay community is small but very active and has achieved wide public acceptance, as well as having many rights enforced by laws. As a result same sex couples with legally registered partnerships are allowed to assume care and custody of their partner's children. There are further wide-reaching anti-discrimination laws. Ever since the parliament of Iceland has unanimously granted homosexuals the right to marry in 2010, the country has been one of the few in the world where lesbians and gays enjoy exactly the same rights as heterosexuals. From 2009 to 2013, the country has been governed by the world's first openly lesbian head of government, Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir, after the premier had to resign in the wake of the worldwide financial crisis, which hit Iceland particularly hard. Sigurðardóttir and Jónína Leósdóttir were the very first couple to become married once the new law on gay marriage had come into power. In recent years there have been virtually no acts of homophobic violence. As well as their manifestly democratic position, another reason for the levels of tolerance could be that amongst the limited Icelandic population, almost everyone has a gay relative or friend. A commission set up by the Icelandic Prime Minister has been tasked with further liberalising aspects of discrimination. Under consideration are full adoption rights for lesbian and gay parents equal to those of straight couples, the possibility of church weddings, and access for lesbians to artificial insemination. For homosexuals Iceland already has one of the most advanced systems of jurisdiction in the world. Iceland is the second largest island in Europe, but has only 332,500 inhabitants, 67% of whom live in Reykjavik. The landscape is wild, craggy and vibrantly coloured, with black lava rocks, red sulphur, shimmering blue geysers, waterfalls, rivers, glaciers, fjords, and green valleys.
Cities in Iceland
Name: Island · Islande · Islandia · Islanda
Location: near Arctic Circle in North Atlantic Ocean
International country code: 354 (no area codes)
International access code: 00
Area: 103,000 km² / 39,768 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Icelandic Crown (ISK) = 100 Aurar
Religions: 76% Evangelical Lutheran, 3% Catholic
Climate: Summer is short and winters are cold and windy. Many places close from Aug-Apr.
Important gay cities: Reykjavik
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