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Location: Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the north Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the United Kingdom
Population: 265,998 (1995 estimate)
Capital: Reykjavik
Comparative area: Slightly smaller than Kentucky
Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 96 percent, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3 percent, none 1 percent (1988)
Landscape: Island country just below Arctic Circle; sometimes called Land of Frost and Fire because large glaciers lie next to steaming hot springs, geysers and volcanoes; large plateau covers most of the island, but the land drops sharply to grassy lowlands along the coast
Recognized by International Olympic Committee: 1935

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