Not all colorful anecdotes about the island are totally, you know, true:

5. “Icelanders are among the most inbred human beings on earth geneticists often use them for research.”

Now this is insulting. Icelanders’ DNA shows their roots to be a healthy mix between Nordic Y chromosomes and X chromosomes from the British Isles. The reason genetic-research company deCODE uses Icelandic genes for its research is not because the codes are so homogeneous, but because the population has kept excellent genealogical records dating back thousands of years.

6. “There are only about 9 surnames in Iceland.”

There are closer to 1,700 recognized surnames in the national registry.

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