Culture & Identity of Iceland
In the cold, dark winter months of Iceland, it's best to be in the company of
others and the people know this well as over 90% of the people in Iceland live in
a city. Of course with a short growing season the agriculture in the country is
sparse at best as most jobs are found in the cities.
An overwhelming percentage of jobs in Iceland are in the services sector and many
people have somewhat regular daily schedules. Most people work from about 9:00 am
to about 5:00 pm. Likewise, most children attend school from about 8:00 am to about
Evenings and weekends (Saturday-Sunday) are often times spent with family at home
or with friends. Most evenings people tend to stay in, but during the summer months
and on weekends, especially during the long summer days, people like to get outside
to enjoy the long days. This can be playing sports, enjoying nature, walking around
town, shopping, or heading out to a museum or other activity; the key is getting
out of the house when it's nice enough to.
Many people enjoy going out for a drink, dinner, or dancing as well, especially
in the capital, where the scene is quite active. Of course going out is a personal
preference and how the people spend their free time varies greatly.