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Iceland, History

Althing, Scandinavian countries, Reykjavik, settlers, Iceland

Some Irish monks may have reached Iceland before ad 800, but it remained largely unsettled until about 870. Norwegian Viking Ingolfur Arnarson is traditionally considered the first permanent settler; he established his farm at Reykjavik, now the capital. During the next 60 years, other settlers flocked to the island from the Scandinavian countries and the British Isles. In 930 a central organization for the whole island was superimposed on the already existent regional polities in the form of a general legislature called the Althing.

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