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Iceland is a small country where only 358,780 people live. All the inhabitants know each other, so there is no need to lock your doors when you leave and you can easily leave your child without supervision in a park or outside a store. Besides, Iceland is one of the happiest countries in the world.

We at Bright Side are totally in love with this country and we want to share the facts with you that prove that there is a perfect place to live in this world.

1. Iceland is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.

This country can be proud that it has one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, Dettifoss, the biggest bird colony located on a cliff, and one of the biggest glaciers. People in Iceland have always lived in perfect harmony with the wonderful nature in their country, respecting and protecting it. On the island, there is such an immense diversity of natural beauty that anyone who lives there or visits the country falls in love with it.

2. The Icelandic language almost hasn’t changed since the 12th century.

The people of Iceland are really proud of their language. In the old times, the social connections between the people were very close, which allowed the language to remain very stable. Almost any person from Iceland can read ancient texts without any trouble. Besides, Iceland is the leader in the international book market. It releases more books each year than any other country.

3. Iceland has one of the most advanced law systems in terms of human rights.

This country has some of the best laws in terms of gender equality, freedom of speech, the rights of sexual minorities, and its democracy level. So, in 1980, Iceland became the first country in Europe where a woman was elected president, and in 2010, it banned all strip-clubs in order to support the feminist movement. The guarantees of religious freedom and the laws that prohibit discrimination of any kind made Iceland a world leader in human rights.

4. Free education

Schools and colleges in the country are free and the payment for attending universities is very low, which makes education very easy for anyone to get. Besides, the level of literacy in Iceland is higher than in any other country.

5. There are no private medical facilities.

The Icelandic government pays a lot of attention to the development of its healthcare industry. Iceland has the highest standards of living and the government-controlled medical industry totally satisfies all the needs of the population, so private medical facilities are just unnecessary.

6. Central heating is free.

90% of houses in Iceland are heated thanks to hot water that comes from geothermal sources. The hot water is supplied by wells and the geothermal plants satisfy all the country’s needs for heating, so the inhabitants don’t have to pay for it.

7. Every inhabitant of Iceland has access to a genealogical database.

Íslendingabók is a website with a database that contains information about all the family ties of all the people in Iceland, starting from the 18th century. It was created because the population of the country is not very big (just over 300,000 people). Many people in Iceland use this website in order to check and see if their new love interest is a distant relative.

8. There is no army.

Aside from the fact that Iceland doesn’t have a regular army, the police and the coast guard don’t even have weapons. The crime rate is almost zero, so there are no weapons, because there is no need. If a citizen wants to join the military, they can join the Norwegian army according to the contract between these 2 countries.

9. Almost nobody drinks or smokes in Iceland.

In Iceland, scientists found out which biochemical processes cause addiction, which allowed them to decrease the number of smokers and drinkers to 3-5%. The different chemicals in alcohol and cigarettes trigger certain biochemical processes in the brain which make the body addicted to them. These scientists decided to try and find activities which activate the same processes in the brain, but in a natural way. For example, dancing, music, drawing, and sports.

10. In Iceland, people believe in trolls and elves.

According to local folklore, trolls live in round-shaped stones. If a person from Iceland sees such a stone on their way, they will never touch it and will try to go around it in order to not disturb it. And if it is necessary to transport a “troll’s house” to a different place, a special person is hired who can talk to the troll and ask them to leave. Even when there is a need to build a new highway, the designers always consult the folklore experts in order to avoid disturbing the trolls.

11. The mayor of Reykjavík was a stand-up comedian, a punk-rock musician, and a taxi driver

Before being elected for the post of the mayor, Jón Gnarr used to be a part of a punk-rock band, worked as a taxi driver, as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, at a Volvo plant in Sweden, and was a stand-up comedian. The results of his political work include a full-finance overhaul, the building of dozens of miles of bicycle lanes, the complete reorganization of schools, and an increase in tourism in Reykjavik.

12. It’s where many famous movies and shows were filmed.

The alien landscape of Iceland attracts not only travelers, but also directors. In the country, there is a special company that organizes film shootings in Iceland. The shows and TV series that were filmed there include Game of Thrones, Star Wars, Thor, and Interstellar.

13. There is a committee that decides how to name a baby.

The Icelandic Naming Committee consists of 6 people: 3 of them are assigned by the Minister of Justice and the other 3 are assigned by the educational institutions of the country. This is done because the country is fighting the loan words from other languages. New and approved names are added to the list quite often. For example, the names Geymar and Brimtour for boys, and Goodna, Iselin, and Lounei for girls have been accepted. But the name Andrei hasn’t, because the spelling is not in line with the rules of spelling in the Icelandic language.

Does this article make you want to pack your bags and go to Iceland right now? Or maybe, you’ve already been there or even live in this awesome country?

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Digital Trends Live – 7.10.19 – Nintendo Switch Lite Confirmed + India May Ban Cryptocurrencies




On today’s episode: Nintendo officially announced the much rumored Switch Lite; WarnerMedia makes HBO Max official, launching with Friends in 2020; India to ban cryptocurrencies – could impact Facebook’s Libra; team sets out to topple the land speed record; President joins to talk about their new A.R. feature; The best CPUs and GPUs on the market; Passwords vulnerability discussion with Keeper Security CEO; If you make a ton of PPT decks, you likely need a CMS – Shufflrr has you covered; Gaming Editor Felicia Miranda takes the cover off the Switch Lite and the best Prime Day deals to watch out for.

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25 Users Showed How Different Instagram Is From Reality, and It Can Make You Way More Confident




According to the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), Instagram is the most harmful social media for psychological health. Every day, we are disappointed when we start comparing our lives to the photos online without even thinking about how these perfect pictures were created. Fortunately, there are users who are ready to reveal what their lives look like without photoshop and filters.

Bright Side is happy to show the photos that will not only give you confidence, but will also improve your mood.

Before and after taken about 30 seconds apart

Nobody looks good in the morning.

Everything depends on the angle.

Trash looks bad no matter where it is.

“I love taking photos on the beach.”

It’s not just bodies and faces that get tune-ups on Instagram. The locals would be amazed to see the photo on the left.

Each successful photo actually means there were hundreds of failed attempts.

The photos I share vs The photos I’m tagged in

A black eye given by a unicorn

It appears that the rainbow is fake.

This is what’s behind a perfect life.

It’s always like this.

If people posted their real photos from the gym

10 minutes after cleaning and 10 hours later

Mud baths are attractive.

Behind the stage of perfect photo

Just imagine what the process looked like.

On hot days, you really need water-resistant makeup.

Before the party / after the party

When you are too hungry to arrange the food in a beautiful way:

This is the same girl.

There is something wrong with this photo.

Some people look like aliens in their photos.

It should be prohibited to tag people in photos.

Instagram vs Real-life motherhood

Do you prefer to post real or idealized photos?

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10 Powerful Sculptures That Tell a Story Better Than Any Novel Could




We often take sculptures that surround us for granted, thinking that their only message is the one in plain sight. But it turns out that many of them have a deeper meaning like an angel that is made of weapons given up by those who never want to commit crimes again or a group of ginormous figures that tell us how a new life is born. Sculptures have a whole lot of good stories to share if you’re willing to listen.

Come with Bright Side on a little journey around the globe to see 10 eloquent monuments and sculptures and learn the stories behind them.

1. Knife Angel by Alfie Bradley has persuaded hundreds of people to give up violence.

Alfie Bradley created this breathtaking 27-foot-high angel made of more than 100,000 knives. These weapons were surrendered to knife bins around the UK and were collected by the UK police, knife crime charities, action groups and other people who were affected by knife crimes in one way or another. The Knife Angel travels around the UK to educate people on how important the problem of knife crime is and how dangerous these weapons are. You can learn more about The Knife Angel, the process of its creation, and its current locations here.

2. The Passer-Through-Walls by Jean Marais illustrates the final scene from a famous French novel.

Le Passe-Muraille is a French novel by Marcel Aymé that tells the story of a modest office worker who one day discovers that he has a superpower — he can walk through walls! The hero uses his gift to the fullest to solve problems and becomes a burglar, gets into prison, and escapes until one day he loses his power right on his way through a wall and gets stuck in it. This monument is also quite interactive — the man’s hands are polished by thousands of people who try to help him get out of the wall.

3. Building Bridges by Lorenzo Quinn shares a recipe for a better world.

How do we make our world a better place to live in? Friendship, wisdom, help, faith, hope, and love — these are the ingredients to a better world and happier people according to Lorenzo Quinn, a famous Italian artist. These 6 virtues are embodied in the 6 pairs of hands that build a bridge together. This is one of the latest works by Quinn that was built for 2019’s Venice Art Biennale.

4. Corporate Head by Terry Allen tells us about the danger of being focused on profit at all costs.

The impressive life-sized bronze sculpture of a man who has buried his head in the building resides in Los Angeles, California in the US. The sculpture embodies a businessman who has devoted all his life to gaining profit for himself and the company he works for. He is separated from the office building only from his neck down, which means his thoughts have been completely absorbed by the establishment he works for.

The sculpture illustrates the modern pace of life where people have to carry an economic burden and spend their whole lives working in businesses, often missing out on things that are way more important than material wealth.

5. Sphere Within a Sphere by Arnaldo Pomodoro reminds us of how fragile our planet is.

This wonderful statue mesmerizes viewers with a complex structure of fractured spheres — the outer one and the inner one — and numerous intricate gears inside. The artist, Arnaldo Pomodoro, liked to study simple geometrical forms in his work and managed to hide deep meaning behind those simple forms. The Sphere Within a Sphere once again reminds us how everything in the universe is interconnected, how fragile our world is, and how easily it can be broken into pieces.

6. The Man Who Measures the Clouds by Jan Fabre speaks about the struggles of measuring the immeasurable.

This unique artwork with the gold leaf finishing touch is part of 2019’s Venice Art Biennale and it shows viewers a man rising to a height of 29.5 feet (9 meters) and trying to measure the clouds with a ruler. This sculpture can be interpreted as a person’s desperate attempt to make the impossible possible, as our never-ending striving to surpass ourselves as mankind, or as a nod to ancient philosophy that thought that human beings were the measure of all things.

7. Inertia and The Bankers by Jason Decaires Taylor tackle social issues and call for our responsibility.

The Bankers, Inertia and other marvelous underwater sculptures by Jason Decaires Taylor reveal the most acute problems of modern society, like being obsessed with material wealth and being exposed to mass media’s influence. But apart from that, these unbelievable works serve as homes for coral that are on the verge of extinction in many regions of our planet. By placing his masterpieces underwater in Mexico, the Bahamas, and other places, the artist tries to attract more attention to global climate changes and the things we can do to protect the earth.

8. Absorbed by Light by Gali Lucas and Karoline Hinz honestly tell us how obsessed we’ve become with gadgets and technology.

3 people sitting on a bench, absorbed by their smartphones so much so that they don’t even notice each other. What could illustrate our era better? The installation that was part of the Amsterdam Light Festival symbolizes how modern technology connects and disconnects us at the same time. When you walk at night next time, look around and you’ll see the same picture — dozens of people all around with their faces lit up by their mobile phones. We actually are absorbed by these lights, aren’t we?

9. Trains to Life — Trains to Death by Frank Meisler commemorates children whose lives were saved and taken during the Holocaust.

The impressive work by Frank Meisler is located in Berlin, Germany, and it has 2 parts — 5 figures of boys and girls in dark bronze on one side, and a boy and a girl made of light bronze on the other side. The kids in these 2 parts of the monument gaze into different directions and symbolize 2 different outcomes that awaited children during the Holocaust. The group of 5 figures commemorates the 1.6 million Jewish kids that were sent to concentration camps and were killed, while 2 other kids pay tribute to those 10,000 children that were saved and transported to England.

10. The Miraculous Journey by Damien Hirst shows the stages of a baby’s growth in the womb.

This amazing monument located outside the Sidra Medical and Research Centre in Doha, Qatar, consists of 14 large-scale bronze sculptures, each of them showing a stage of an embryo’s growth in the womb from conception to birth. Being extremely explicit and bold, The Miraculous Journey evoked controversial feelings in the eastern audience and was even covered from public view for some time.

Here’s what Damien Hirst, the creator of the monument said about the ideas he addressed in his work: “Ultimately, the journey a baby goes through before birth is bigger than anything it will experience in its human life. I hope the sculpture will instill in the viewer a sense of awe and wonder at this extraordinary human process, which will soon be occurring in the Sidra Medical Center, as well as every second all across the globe.”

Which of these monuments would you like to see with your own eyes? Can you share with us a picture of a sculpture or a monument that impressed you?

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