Our Prime Minister, Geir H. Haarde, has now come out and said that it would be much more logical for Niceland to adopt the US dollar than the euro.
Just picture it: paying for our dried fish and brennivín with greenbacks featuring Abe Lincoln, as opposed to Nicelandic krona notes featuring a picture of YT’s dad.* I’m just sayin’.
Still, hearing old Geir talk, it doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea. We already do much of our business in US dollars, so if we were to join a monetary union it’s a more logical choice then the euro, despite our being in Europe. Also – and I know that this is the really clincher – old Geir doesn’t actually want to take up the euro because it would mean that we’d have to join the European Union. I also know he has the backing of a large share of the nation on that front. Our independence was too hard-fought for us to succumb to another controlling body – at least that’s the sentiment among a great number of Icelanders.
At any rate, it seems like it’s becoming crucial to do something [anything!] – the rate of the krona has fallen by 40 percent [!!!] since the beginning of the year [HINT: if you’ve been meaning to visit Niceland, this is the time to do it] and who knows where it will all end. Trouble is, the greenback isn’t doing so well, either. Pound Sterling, anyone?
ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL DAY
This weather reporting is getting kind of dull – we have the same weather all the time, day after day. Brilliant sunshine, cool breeze, yadayadayada. The grass is starting to look parched – not something we experience very often up around this latitude. Right now 55°F [13°C – hell, why don’t we take up imperial measurements, too?] and the sun came up bright and early at 2.59 here in the capital, will set at 12.02 tomorrow.
* Trivia alert: my father actually served as a model for the drawing of Jón Sigurðsson, our independence hero, who is on the ISK 500 krona note, i.e. it’s a picture of my father’s body with the head of Jón Sigurðsson on top. So anytime anyone asks to see a picture of my father I can just pull out my wallet and show them the ISK 500 note, very convenient. Not that anyone ever asks, though.