The Corner


Via The Spectator

“Iceland’s most famous novelist, Halldór Laxness, won the Nobel Prize with a book called Independent People. That phrase — Sjalfstætt Folk — has a resonance on the island that is difficult for foreigners to grasp. Icelanders believe that self-government is the natural condition for a sturdy, free-standing citizenry. They understand that there is a connection between living in an independent state and living independently from the state. They have no more desire to submit to international than to national regulation. That attitude has made them the happiest, freest and wealthiest people on earth. Long may they remain so.”

Time to visit, I reckon.