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July 2017 - Iceland: the Icelandic Pledge.

Having suffered a severe financial crisis between 2008 and 2010 and then the dramatic consequences of the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010, Iceland has been facing with a continuous growth of foreign visitors since several years. During the first 4 months of 2017, foreign visitors to Iceland increased by 33% compared to the corresponding period of the previous year. For the whole year 2017, they should be about 1.8 million (compared to 489,000 in 2010), which is 5 times the local population (340,000 inhabitants).

In order to reduce the disadvantages of such an increase for local people, Iceland proposes tourists to adhere to an "Icelandic Pledge", whereby they online commit themselves to behave in an ethical and responsible manner during their stay in Iceland. This Pledge states, for example, that "when I explore new places, I will leave them as I found them".

March 2017: Iceland - A boom in tourism.

During the first two months of this year, the amount of foreign visitors to Iceland has increased by 59% compared to the same period in 2016. For the whole year, it is expected to reach 2.4 million. This is 7 times the local population. This increase is certainly ver favorable to the economic development of the country. Thus, in Reykjavik, unemployment, which had jumped to 10 percent in the wake of the recent financial crisis, fell to 3%.

However, such a concentration of foreign tourists is not without inconvenience to the local population. Thus, available accommodations are offered through AirBnb to tourists rather than to young local households, which repels them outside of the cities. The large number of rental cars makes up traffic jams. Even the tourists are starting to complain of being too many in Iceland.


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