Category Archives: People of Iceland

Magnus & Julianna Interview w/ English Subs (Iceland Today)

Version 1, this is a rough version of the subs. Thanks to wizard55 for getting the translation and thanks to Siggah for making the translation. I did some editing to the translation script and added in some stuff. I don’t know Icelandic, so I used the numbers said to figure out which line went where. There is an [Unknown translation] at some point, but it sounds like Magnus say “Yes…,but…”. The video is from the interview uploaded by mizzglamour and the little dancing bit uploaded by marcelin2. Thanks. As you can see, I merged the 2 videos together, and got rid of some the commercial along with the commercial audio. A bigger version will be available at the forums I go to. Version 2 is available: www.youtube.com
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Search and resque in Reykjavik last night – read info:

I was taking photos last night of the sunset and the Octupus,Paul Allens boat( co founder of Microsoft ) Then suddenly the Coast guard Super Puma helicopter,came flying low over the seaside. The flew low,with search lights on and finally stopped near land,over a little boat. On the boat where 2 children and 3 adults sailing in and around Reykjavik. Then the motor stopped,and they where near land,and the boat got to close to land. Helicopter crew used the downwash from the helicopter,to push the boat away from the land. You can see that ,where i used lots of zoom. One man was lowered to the boat,and a rescue boat came from Reykjavik harbour. Many came to watch,and see what was happening. The time was about 23:00 hours local time. THe helicopter,landed nearby ,and shut off its engines. Two boats came to assist,and as you can see ,the weather was good . The search and rescue was succesful,and in the end , the boat,with the children was pulled to safety in Reykjavik harbour. And the children will not forget this adventure they had last night. Why and how the children got to be on the boat,is not known .
Video Rating: 5 / 5

Protest in Iceland november 8 2008

Today, a few thousand people protested downtown in Reykjavik, Iceland. People nearly surrounded the Parlament building. Motorcycles where the in force – and when they where asked to leave the area, they showed the power of the motorbikes, and filled the area with smoke.  Aggressive protesters put a flag on the building marked – BONUS – that is the flag of cheap food stores in Iceland owned by Jon Asgeir Johannesson,the owner of the other media in Iceland, Channel 2 ( www.stod2.is ) People are getting very angry at the government and the Icelandic central bank . Eggs and tomatoes where used to hit the parlament building.  According to local news, no arrests where made. In the end of the video, people are shouting- Where is Geir – who is the Icelandic Prime Minister. Protests will be on still next saturday.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

Bobby Fischer granted icelandic citizenship

When Reciprocity Becomes Persuasive

Article by Janice Jenkins

bobby fisher

It is a universal fact: reciprocity is a norm that obligates people to repay one’s kindness with another act of kindness. This is a very important factor to consider when creating your marketing campaign such as your poster printing. In order for you to be persuasive, you need to apply reciprocity in the message in your color posters.

People normally are compelled to return a favor that was given them. A very strong example of this is when Iceland grant citizenship to former world chess champion, Bobby Fischer. He was considered as an outlaw in the U.S. because of his high profile speeches on the 9-11 incidents where he spoke highly of the hijackers. Nevertheless, despite that, Iceland, a loyal ally of the U.S., welcomed Fischer with open arms and granted him citizenship.

Why is that? One reporter in Iceland said it all- Fischer put Iceland on the map when he beat another chess master, Boris Spassky during the 1972 World Chess Championship match. The match was considered as a high profile one considering that it was played during the height of the Cold War. Hence, it was dubbed as the Chess Match of the Century.

For more than 30 years, the Icelanders cannot forget the significance of what Fischer gave to the once unknown nation. Because of the match, people in Iceland remembered it and were keen on repaying the favor by providing Fischer with refuge when he needed it. This is despite the fact that many people were not too keen on his rather eccentric personality.

The event just proved that reciprocity is indeed an important and potent tool to have when you need to persuade people to do what we asked of them.

Reciprocity drives each individual to apply fairness and equality in our everyday interactions and dealings with other people. When we receive an act of kindness or unsolicited gifts especially from a stranger, we are obligated to return the favor. This allows us to build relationships founded on trust.

And that trust encompasses even those whom we do not like. It is like an indiscriminate norm that allows people to pass on the benefits of reciprocity even to those people who are unlikable.

The norm of reciprocity then is a powerful and useful insight to have when mounting your poster printing campaign. It transcends likeability and has the influence to make your marketing campaign such as your color posters noticed and remembered. Instead of asking yourself who can help you get more profits; it is far more productive to ask whom can you help. Whom can I do a favor? Who can benefit from my business? Our target clients will have more positive response to our offers when we first provide for their needs and concerns.

The bottom line is that reciprocity goes a long way in making your poster printing more persuasive and convincing. A little favor on your end can do many wonders to your customers, and eventually, a lot of good to your color posters when your message conveys even the toughest requests.

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About the Author

Janice Jenkins is a writer for a marketing company in Chicago, IL. Mostly into marketing research, Janice started writing articles early 2007 to impart her knowledge to individuals new to the marketing industry.

Search Engine Marketing in Iceland

Search Engine Marketing in Iceland

Article by David Brooks

Iceland is most likely not on your radar screen when it comes to search engine marketing, but don’t overlook this growing, prosperous country when it comes to client development.

I lived in Iceland for 2 years from 2004-2006 and during my time there I was quite surprised by the Icelandic economy. I was employed by a large engineering firm that was involved with large, multinational construction projects in the development and expansion of aluminum smelting plants as well as hydroelectric and geothermal power plants. I was hired to do business communications and marketing for this firm and along the way, once word got out that I specialized in Internet Marketing, I was approached by several companies interested in promoting their respective goods and services to the larger world.

Iceland is a very small country with a population of roughly 300,000 people. It is so small that it makes you wonder how they have such a strong economy. But what few people know is that Iceland has a very educated workforce, unique natural resources, deep involvement in high tech and genetic research and a growing tourism trade. What I discovered, in short, was that Iceland has a lot going for it.

One of the items that I was closely aligned with is the knowledge transfer of Iceland’s years developing geothermal power schemes. These power plants are a major part of what is fueling the economy. This source of cheap electricity has brought extensive development of power intensive industries like aluminum smelting. And, in a world of rising global energy costs, many countries are looking to exploit their geothermal power potential and they are tapping Icelandic engineering and power companies for their experience.

Software development is also strong in Iceland and I had the pleasure of working for a well-known game developer. They were hungry to market their online game to the larger world and I helped them develop an Internet Marketing strategy using natural and paid search. I worked with this company until they were large enough to contract with a large advertising agency. Now this company has combined with a large US game publisher and their collective futures are bright.

I also had, and continue to have, the pleasure of working for several companies in the tourism industry. Iceland, with its unique and beautiful nature, is fast becoming a popular tourist destination. These companies offer everything from hiking and trekking tours to jeep tours and overnight tours into the beautiful outback.

One of the great pleasures of working with companies in this far-off land is the personal nature in which business is conducted. Business is done face-to-face and personal networking is everything. And, Icelanders are so willing to help you make business connections. I have been in many meetings where, the person would say, “I know someone who could really use this service, let’s call him right now.” Meetings were very informal and top executives were available, responsive and approachable. And, due to the small size of this country, your reputation and name can spread fast. An additional bonus for is that pay rates in Iceland are quite high. I have even been told that I needed to raise my rates because Icelanders are used to paying top dollar for professional consulting, low hourly rates are almost seen as a sign of inexperience. That is not to say that I am advocating overcharging people or companies. But this was, at least to me, a valuable lesson in knowing the value of your experience. All-in-all, my time in Iceland was some of the most professionally rewarding years of my life.

The demand for Iceland search engine marketing is growing and DSB Internet Marketing is dedicated to offering professional SEO Consulting to this unique nation. – David Brooks

About the Author

David Brooks is a San Diego-based SEO consultant.

Beyond the Guidebooks: Five Tips for Visiting Iceland

Beyond the Guidebooks: Five Tips for Visiting Iceland

Article by David Davies

With its strange, barren lunar landscape and extraordinarily civilised and cosmopolitan city culture, Iceland is one of the most fascinating and alluring countries in Europe.

Most people who visit here find themselves drawn back by the people, the culture and even the changeable weather.

Five Tips For an Enjoyable Visit

Before you take the plunge and book your holiday here are five tips that should make your time more enjoyable:

Icebreakers

Iceland’s very own low-cost airline ‘Iceland Express’ offers flights from both London Stansted and Gatwick, and from many other European cities.

If you’re flying from the UK and you’re planning on parking at Gatwick it pays to book in advance through a company such as Essential Travel – they offer up to 60% discount on the list price of Gatwick Airport Parking.

Danger: Hot Water!

Iceland is situated on a geothermal hotspot and the islanders use this very much to their advantage with Geothermal power plants supplying much of the island’s electricity and hot water pumped straight into the home already pre-heated.

This disadvantage of this to the uninitiated is that the water is very nearly boiling when it comes out of the tap – a scalding 80 degrees in fact. Exercise caution when turning on the shower – and don’t mind the faint whiff of rotten eggs, it’s just the natural sulphur in the water.

When Dining Out, Ignore the Guidebooks

Most of the guidebooks that cover eating out on the island list the famous “old school” restaurants like Tvier Fiskar or Einar Ben. These are good for experiencing Icelandic specialities like puffin or whale; however eating there midweek or off-season you can easily find yourself the only table in the restaurant.

If you want something a bit more lively, take to the streets and see where the locals go – the restaurants in downtown Reykjavik are funky and cosmopolitan with modern European bistro food taking center stage rather than rotten shark.

Don’t Faint When You Get the Bill!

Eating, drinking, shopping and pretty much everything in Iceland is more expensive – hardly surprising when you realise that most fresh produce has to be imported.

However, unless you choose to dine at the most expensive restaurants in the capital, you can expect to pay slightly more than New York prices – around meal for a three course with wine would be typical.

Pubs too are slightly more expensive with beer coming in at around a pint – not far off the typical -7 we’re getting used to paying in the US.

Nightclubs are a different story – you could easily pay around for a beer but it’s common for Icelanders to do their drinking at home before heading out.

They Grow Bananas in Iceland

Oh yes, despite being on the Arctic Circle, Icelanders have rather cleverly used geothermal springs to heat large greenhouses – and grow bananas!

Finally, one last tip that stands for pretty much any destination is: make sure you have adequate travel insurance. Specialists such as AA Travel Insurance can provide appropriate cover whether you’re planning on going bananas in Iceland or you’re just there to admire the scenery.

About the Author

David Davies is a travel advisor and recommends that you take out travel insurance or annual travel insurance policy depending on the nature of your travels.