Iceland Quirky Facts

We know a lot about Iceland as we have researched it rigorously to understand what makes it so peaceful. Iceland is the world’s most peaceful country and has been every year since we created the Global Peace Index. The Index, which is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, gauges levels of peace according to 22 qualitative and quantitative indicators.

In order to understand what makes societies peaceful, the Global Peace Index is analysed along with around 4,700 other data sets to determine the 8 key factors that lead to peace. This research is called the Pillars of Peace and it explores the attitudes, structures and institutions that underpin peaceful societies.

While our researchers were busy analysing datasets, we thought it would be fun to find some random facts about the world’s most peaceful country.

Police selfies

The Metropolitan Police Department in Reykjavík has an Instagram account full of selfies, cute animals and food.

Mad for fizzy drink

Icelanders drink more Coca Cola per capita than any other country in the world.

Pretty and Peaceful

Iceland has 1 Nobel Peace Prize winner and 3 Miss World winners. To date, no one from Iceland has won Eurovision.


Iceland is home of the most active volcano area in the world.

Santa who?

Yule Lads, descended from trolls, are Iceland’s version of Santa Clause. There are thirteen of them who visit children in the 13 nights leading up till Christmas Eve. Each night a Yule Lad leaves either a gift or a rotting potato depending on if you have been naughty or nice.


So there you have it... five quirky facts about the world’s most peaceful country. If you know an interesting fact about the world’s most peaceful country, or would like to add to one of the quirky ones already mentioned, comment on this article or Tweet it to us @GlobPeaceIndex 

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