December 1, 2020
The Beacon

Under The US Influence

Iceland and the USA have strong ties that were created at the end of the second world war.

There is a reason why the presidential elections were closely watched in Iceland. What happens in the USA affects us in one way or the other.

I grew up listening to military radio station in Keflavik. It was the only way to listen to the latest in pop music.

The first television station broadcasted in Iceland was also a US military station.

For decades you had to pass through the US military gate before entering the international airport in Keflavik to leave the country.

For decades Icelandic culture and everyday life has been under strong influence from the USA. And still is.

There is a reason why we closely watch the US presidential elections.