Iceland is beautiful and interesting destination to visit, but you should keep in mind that there are some weird rules and bans. If you don’t know much about the country you’ll be surprised to learn that more than 50% ot the population believe in elves or that owning a turtle is against the law.

If you’re curious to find out more, check out these 10 weird facts about Iceland that you may not know.

#1 More than half of the Icelanders believe in elves, fairies, trolls and other supernatural beings.

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#2 The beer was banned in the country from 1915 to 1989.

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#3 The former Prime-Minister of Iceland, Johanna Sigurdardottir, was the first democratically elected female and openly gay head of government.

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#4 There is not a single McDonald’s in Iceland. The restaurant chained closed all of its locations in 2009, due to the financial crisis.

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#5 Owning a snake, lizard or turtle is against the regulation in Iceland.

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#6 There are no surnames or family names in Iceland.

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#7 There are no mosquitoes in Iceland.

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#8 All strip clubs were banned in Iceland in 2010. It is considered offensive to profit from nudity.

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#9 Iceland does not maintain an army, navy or air force.

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#10 Babies in Iceland are left to nap outside.

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