Reykjavík

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Iceland

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Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland.
The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the southwest of the country being home to over two-thirds of the population.

List of northernmost items

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Its latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state. The city's latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state (Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is slightly further north at 64°10', but Greenland is a constituent country, not an independent state).

Culture of Iceland

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With a population of around 128,793 (and 228,231 in the Capital Region), it is the center of Iceland's cultural, economic and governmental activity, and is a popular tourist destination.
The Reykjavík area has several professional theatres, a symphony orchestra, an opera and many art galleries, bookstores, cinemas and museums.

Althing

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In 1845 Alþingi, the general assembly formed in 930 AD, was re-established in Reykjavík; it had been suspended a few decades earlier when it was located at Þingvellir.
The Althing was founded in 930 at Þingvellir ("thing fields" or "assembly fields"), situated approximately 45 km east of what later became the country's capital, Reykjavík.

Ingólfr Arnarson

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Reykjavík is believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland, which, according to Landnámabók, was established by Ingólfr Arnarson in AD 874.
According to tradition, they founded Reykjavík in 874.

Bobby Fischer

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In 1972, Reykjavík hosted the world chess championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.
Fischer won the World Chess Championship in 1972, defeating Boris Spassky of the USSR, in a match held in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Keflavík International Airport

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The Americans, meanwhile, built Keflavík Airport, situated 50 km west of Reykjavík, which became Iceland's primary international airport.
The airport is 1.7 NM west of Keflavík and 50 km southwest of Reykjavík.

Björk

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The city has fostered some world-famous talents in recent decades, such as Björk, Ólafur Arnalds and bands Múm, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men, poet Sjón and visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson.
Born and raised in Reykjavík, Björk began her music career at the age of 11 and first gained international recognition as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Sugarcubes, whose 1987 single "Birthday" was a hit on UK and US indie stations and a favourite among music critics.

Capital Region (Iceland)

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With a population of around 128,793 (and 228,231 in the Capital Region), it is the center of Iceland's cultural, economic and governmental activity, and is a popular tourist destination.
Greater Reykjavík (Höfuðborgarsvæðið, meaning "The Capital Region") is a region in southwestern Iceland that comprises the national capital Reykjavík and six municipalities around it.

Reykjavík Airport

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The British built Reykjavík Airport, which is still in service today, mostly for short haul flights (to domestic destinations and Greenland).
Reykjavík Airport (Icelandic: Reykjavíkurflugvöllur) is the main domestic airport serving Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, located about 2 km from the city centre.

World Chess Championship 1972

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In 1972, Reykjavík hosted the world chess championship between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky.
The match took place in the Laugardalshöll arena in Reykjavík, Iceland, and has been dubbed the Match of the Century.

Invasion of Iceland

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In a few hours, the allied occupation of Reykjavík was complete.
The UK offered assistance to Iceland, seeking co-operation "as a belligerent and an ally", but Reykjavík refused and reaffirmed its neutrality.

Sigur Rós

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The city has fostered some world-famous talents in recent decades, such as Björk, Ólafur Arnalds and bands Múm, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men, poet Sjón and visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson.
Sigur Rós are an Icelandic avant-rock band from Reykjavík, active since 1994.

Kingdom of Iceland

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The biggest step towards an independent Iceland was taken on 1 December 1918 when Iceland became a sovereign country under the Crown of Denmark, the Kingdom of Iceland.
The Parliament of Iceland asked that Denmark represent Iceland internationally, and day-to-day matters were delegated to a Danish plenipotentiary for Icelandic affairs based in Reykjavík, and – after the German invasion of Denmark in 1940 – a regent was appointed.

President of Iceland

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In 1944, the Republic of Iceland was founded and a president, elected by the people, replaced the king; the office of the president was placed in Reykjavík.
The presidential residence is situated in Bessastaðir in Garðabær, near the capital city Reykjavík.

Elliðaár

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The largest river to run through Reykjavík is the Elliðaá River, which is non-navigable.
The river Elliðaár is situated in the Reykjavík area in the south-west of Iceland.

Nuuk

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The city's latitude is 64°08' N, making it the world's northernmost capital of a sovereign state (Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, is slightly further north at 64°10', but Greenland is a constituent country, not an independent state).
The major cities closest to the capital are Iqaluit and St. John's in Canada and Reykjavík in Iceland.

Esjan

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Mount Esja, at 914 m, is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavík.
The mountain Esja (914 m), often called Esjan ("the Esja"), is situated in the south-west of Iceland, about 10 km to the north of Iceland's capital city Reykjavík.

Reykjavík City Council

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The Reykjavík City Council governs the city of Reykjavík and is directly elected by those aged over 18 domiciled in the city.
The City Council is the governing body of the City of Reykjavík, composed of representatives elected by the inhabitants of the city.

Sjón

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The city has fostered some world-famous talents in recent decades, such as Björk, Ólafur Arnalds and bands Múm, Sigur Rós and Of Monsters and Men, poet Sjón and visual artist Ragnar Kjartansson.
Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, Sjón began his writing career early and published his first book of poetry, Sýnir (Visions), in 1978.

Reykjavík Summit

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The 1986 Reykjavík Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev underlined Reykjavík's international status.
The Reykjavík Summit was a summit meeting between U.S. President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, held in Reykjavík, Iceland, on 11–12 October 1986.

Faxaflói

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It is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxaflói bay.
The capital of the island, Reykjavík, is situated on its southern shore.

Hafnarfjörður

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Two applications were received, from Páll Einarsson, sheriff and town mayor of Hafnarfjörður and from Knud Zimsen, town councillor in Reykjavík.
Hafnarfjörður is a port town and municipality located on the southwest coast of Iceland, about 10 km south of Reykjavík.

Jón Gnarr

The City Council election in May 2010 saw a new political party, The Best Party, win six of 15 seats, and they formed a coalition with the Social Democratic Alliance; comedian Jón Gnarr became mayor.
Jón Gnarr (born 2 January 1967) is an Icelandic actor, comedian, and politician who served as the Mayor of Reykjavík from 2010 to 2014.

Independence Party (Iceland)

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The Independence Party was historically the city's ruling party; it had an overall majority from its establishment in 1929 until 1978, when it narrowly lost.
Economically liberal and opposed to interventionism, the party is supported most strongly by fishermen and high-earners, particularly in Reykjavík.