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17 Bizarre Facts About Iceland

Babies are left outside to nap in freezing temperatures.

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2. According to a 1998 survey, a majority of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves.

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According to one resident quoted in The Atlantic, "elves can range wildly in size, from a few centimeters to three meters in height. They may live in houses, sometimes with multiple floors, and, if you leave them alone, they’ll generally mind their own business."

12. For the most part, Icelanders do not have surnames (last names), in the traditional sense.

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Most Icelanders have a last name that consists of their father’s first name with the addition of -dóttir (-daughter) or -son.

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