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Iceland - Culture



Iceland - Culture
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.09

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     challenging words:    socialism, socialist, philosophy, forbidden, spokesman, literature, trilogy, founded, spiritual, writing, teen, religion, meaning, reading, country, death
     content words:    Atlantic Ocean, Halldor Laxness, World War, United States, Salka Valka, World War II, Independent People, Soviet Union, Nobel Prize


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Iceland - Culture
By Ekaterina Zhdanova-Redman
  

1     Iceland is a wonderful country with a great natural geography. It is an island nation in the north Atlantic Ocean with many beautiful features. Inland you'll find many geysers, hot springs, glaciers, and rural areas. Along the coasts are scores of fishing villages. Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, is on the southwestern coast. Although more than half of the country lives in Reykjavik, many Icelanders live and work in small towns or rural areas. These rural areas produced one of Iceland's most famous writers.
 
2     Halldor Laxness was born in Reykjavik in 1902. At the age of three, his parents moved into the country. This would affect Halldor for the rest of his life. Many of his writings were centered on the idea of the rural worker. In fact, many of his political and religious beliefs came from this, too.
 
3     In the country, Halldor learned how to farm, and helped his dad. He also learned to play the violin. He was going to be a professional musician. But he found out how much he liked to write, and decided not to be a musician.

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