The Danish-Icelandic Union Act, an agreement with Denmark signed on 1 December 1918 and valid for 25 years, recognised Iceland as a fully sovereign and independent state in a personal union with Denmark. The Government of Iceland has established an embassy in Copenhagen and has requested Denmark to deal with certain defence and foreign affairs on its behalf, subject to consultations with the Althing. Danish embassies around the world flew two coats of arms and two flags: those of the Kingdom of Denmark and those of the Kingdom of Iceland. Iceland`s legal situation has become comparable to that of countries belonging to the Commonwealth of Nations, such as Canada, whose sovereign is Queen Elizabeth II. Different industries and workplaces have chosen different solutions to reduce the length of their working days. For example, public school staff adopted rotating schedules where teachers gradually left school relative to the student population, and lunch for students was staggered to reduce the number of staff required in supervisory roles. In one police station, officers worked staggered weekly schedules, working less time in a week (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Monday to Thursday and Friday from 8:00 to 12:00) and the following week longer (8:00 to 16:00 over the five days), reducing the total working time by eight hours over a two-week period. (Ratio to 72f.) The documentary unfortunately perpetuates a myth of masculinity that combines the length of a man`s limb with his character and reputation in society. New culinary experiences are an exciting part of traveling. That is, some “exotic” foods marketed to tourists may be rare and endangered species.
Part of being a responsible tourist is to make sure your consumption is sustainable as well. If you are not familiar with a particular food, you can visit a reputable website such as the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the IUCN Red List. Also keep in mind that not all food can be returned to the United States. For example, it is illegal to import whale meat into the United States, even if the whale meat is sold in Iceland. In the decades that followed, the discussion of legalizing beer was the hot topic of the country, with televised debates attracting a lot of attention. Finally, the ban on beer was lifted on 1 March 1989. Now Iceland celebrates Beer Day every year on March 1st. It`s not the noisy bacchanal that tourists imagine (like maybe Oktoberfest), but you don`t have to wait until March 1 to drink beer like a Viking warrior.
Off-road driving is illegal in Iceland. Not only should you expect high fines, but you can also permanently damage surprisingly sensitive land. To answer your questions about where to drive and where not to drive, visit the excellent website of the Icelandic Road Authority, www.road.is. Also keep in mind that even in summer, many roads in Iceland are impassable due to heavy snowfall. Closed roads are marked with “Lokað” or “Ófært”. If you see these signs or receive other instructions from the Icelandic authorities, follow them, even if it requires a change in your plans. You don`t want to be one of the visitors every year who ignore the advice of the Icelandic authorities, only to call to the rescue later. The museum`s curator, a guy named Sigurour “Siggi” Hjartarson, had two requirements for donating a human specimen: a legal document (donation letter) signed by three witnesses, and proof that the penis was of “legal length” — at least 5 inches. Iceland`s iconic alcoholic beverage is brennivín (literally “burnt [i.e.
distilled] wine), whose aroma is similar to the akvavit variant of Scandinavian Brännvin. It is a type of liqueur made from distilled potatoes and flavored with caraway or angelica. His power earned him the nickname svarti dauði (“Black Death”). Modern distilleries in Iceland produce vodka (Reyka), gin (Ísafold), foam brandy (Fjallagrasa) and birch-flavoured liqueur and liqueur (Birkir and Björk from the Foss distillery). Martin Miller mixes the Island`s Icelandic water with his gin distilled in England. Strong beer was banned until 1989, so bjórlíki, a mixture of legal low-alcohol Pilsner beer and vodka, became popular. Several strong beers are now produced by Icelandic breweries. Iceland is liberal when it comes to LGBT legal issues. In 1996, the Icelandic Parliament passed a law to create registered partnerships for same-sex couples, which grants almost all the rights and benefits of marriage. In 2006, Parliament voted unanimously to grant same-sex couples the same rights as heterosexual couples with regard to adoption, parenthood and assisted insemination treatment. In 2010, iceland`s parliament amended the Marriage Act by making it gender-neutral and defining marriage between two people, making Iceland one of the first countries in the world to legalise same-sex marriage.
The law entered into force on 27 June 2010.  The amendment to the law also means that registered partnerships for same-sex couples are no longer possible and that marriage is their only option – identical to the current situation for opposite-sex couples.  In 1924, a complete ban on dogs was applied in Reykjavík. Those who were in the countryside could own working dogs for agriculture, but in the city it was illegal to keep a dog as a pet, as there were more and more cases of deadly tapeworms transmitted by dogs. The rules have since changed and people can own dogs in Reykjavik if they get permission from the municipality and pay a registration fee. But Reykjavik has remained culturally a city of cats, with cats roaming the streets, knocking on doors and squirming around the legs of tourists asking for a flap of fish. It is estimated that there is one cat for every ten inhabitants in Reykjavik. Icelandic governments have always been coalition governments involving two or more parties, as no political party ever won a majority of seats in the Althing throughout the Republican period.
There is no legal consensus on the extent of political power held by the office of president; Several provisions of the Constitution seem to give the president significant powers, but other provisions and traditions suggest otherwise.  In 1980, Icelanders elected Vigdís Finnbogadóttir as president, the world`s first directly elected head of state. She left office in 1996. In 2009, Iceland became the first country with an openly gay head of government when Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir became prime minister.  About 80% of Icelanders legally adhere to a religious denomination, a process that takes place automatically at birth and from which they can choose to withdraw. They also pay a church fee (sóknargjald) which orders the government to support their registered religion or, if there is no religion, to the University of Iceland.  Back in Iceland, elder Arason, a self-proclaimed philander, is annoyed by the shrinkage given his age, and this is also a problem for Hjartarson because he wants to get a penis that meets the minimum standard of what he considers the “legal length,” which is five inches long, as prescribed in some Icelandic folk tales.