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Icelandic Culture: Beer Drinking Culture (LISTEN)

We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.

Written and produced by Delaney Morris and Dan Hibbitts.

Prohibition in Iceland has a long history. This began in the year 1915 and up until 1921 all alcohol was banned in the country. In 1921 Spain, a major export country for Icelandic fish, decided that if Iceland was not going to import their red wine that they would no longer be doing business with one another. So Iceland decided to lift the ban on certain alcohols, and Steini Stéfansson, General Manager of Microbar in Reykjavík gave an explanation for why beer was not included.

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ICELANDIC CULTURE: THE BREAKING BAND SCENE (LISTEN)

We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.

Every year Iceland Airwaves offers a great opportunity for you to discover new music.  Hundreds of foreign journalists visit every year, one being KEXP who help break up-and-coming Icelandic artists by giving them the chance to be heard on their station. In Iceland, If you’re good enough, people will hear you. Listen to the documentary below that visits the importance of breaking bands here at Iceland Airwaves.

Icelandic Culture: Environmental Concern Over Aluminum Smelting (Listen)

We’ve had a great time covering Iceland Airwaves and discovering and reporting on Icelandic culture. Here’s an Icelandic cultural interview culled from our time there. Be sure to stay tuned for our final radio documentary, which will air on WCRX-FM 88.1. Visit our Iceland Airwaves blog to read/hear more from our time in Iceland.

Aluminum production is Iceland’s highest export and counts for one-seventh of their economic output. The industry is a fundamental part of Iceland’s economy, but not everyone can enjoy its benefits without issue. Aluminum smelting facilities give off several different types of pollution, from greenhouse gas to potentially harmful dust residue in surrounding areas.

Several farms located nearby smelting facilities in Iceland have issued complaints against them due to what they say are problems with vegetation and livestock. Ragnheidur Thorgrimsdottir is one farm owner who complained of her issues with fluoride buildup on her horses grazing area, which she says has caused premature death, inability to reproduce and general unhealthiness in her horses. Sigríður Kristjánsdóttir, a team leader at the Environmental Agency of Iceland said that these grounds have been tested, and the results do not match the Agency’s predictions.

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