The Book of Icelanders Prevents Kissing Cousins

by | Feb 7, 2017 | Interesting Travel Facts | 0 comments

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Íslendingabók (The Book of Icelanders) is the only genealogy database in the world that covers a whole nation. It includes 95% all Icelanders born since 1703. Iceland's population is only roughly 320,000 people, so it's not uncommon to be distantly related to the people you meet in the dating world. Kissing cousins is a real risk over there! There's actually an app called The Islendiga-App or “App of Icelanders” that allows any two Icelanders to see how closely related they are simply by bumping phones. If the two people are related, a noise goes off, joking referred to as the “Incest Prevention Alarm”. Better to bump phones with your cousin than bump… uh…


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