The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment) will be out on Blu-ray and DVD next week. To help promote the new title, I’m giving away the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack on my movie blog. I have not seen it yet, but according to the press material, it’s about a timid magazine photo manager who lives life vicariously through daydreams and when a negative goes missing must embark on an incredible true-life adventure. The film stars Ben Stiller.
In the movie, one of the places that Walter Mitty goes to is the beautiful Nordic country of Iceland. To help you get to know Iceland better, 20th Century Fox put together a list of nine facts about the country that you may have never heard of.
9 Things About Iceland
Icelandic language has been relatively unchanged for the last 1000 years
Modern inhabitants of Iceland speak a language almost identical to that spoken by the country’s original Viking settlers in the 9th and 10th centuries.
There are 130 volcanic mountains in the roughly 40,000 square miles that make up Iceland
18 of them have erupted in the last 1000 years, and the largest one covers nearly 8% of the country’s surface.
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city
Iceland is so far north of the equator that the country experiences nearly continuous daylight during the summer months of June and July.
Surveys have shown that nearly 80% of Icelanders believe in the existence of elves
The elves are thought to have magical powers, and special “elf negotiators” are sometimes brought in when construction is to take place in an area believed to be inhabited by the creatures.
Icelanders love movies
They watch more films, per capita, than the people of any other country in the world.
Iceland is one of the most energy-efficient countries in the world
70% of the energy used by Icelanders is produced by the country’s natural geothermal and hydroelectric resources.
Iceland’s main industry is fishing
In fact, the usually peaceful nation entered into a series of confrontations with the United Kingdom in the 1950’s and 1970’s when the British refused to acknowledge an “exclusive fishery zone” that Iceland had instituted in the waters off its coast.
Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe
Roughly 322,000 people call the island nation home.
One of Iceland’s traditional foods is called hakarl
It’s a dish of rotting and fermented shark meat.
Walter Mitty Sweepstake
Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, a reader of my movie blog will win The Secret Life of Walter Mitty Blu-ray Combo Pack. The winner will be randomly selected. The deadline to enter the contest is Friday, April 18th (Eastern time). The giveaway is limited to readers in the United States or Canada. To enter the sweepstake, leave a comment about your favorite Iceland fact.
[Disclosure: I did not receive anything for hosting this contest. The giveaway prize will be provided by Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, but they are not the administrators of the sweepstake on my movie blog. I am not liable for the prize. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]