It is said that long before the Scandinavians settled here, Celtic monks known as the Papar used to stay here. It was even abandoned for sometime, this is what the carbon dating reveals. Christianity was adopted here later on and the Icelandic commonwealth lasted here until the 13th century. In the years that passed by Iceland was considered to be as one of the poorest countries in the whole of Europe. Post break-up of the union in 1523 it remained too much dependent on Norway. Due to infertile soil, constant volcanic eruptions and deforestation, the conditions were supposedly said to be worse for the people and for Iceland and everything used to depend just upon agriculture. Iceland was swiped twice by the Black Death. Lutheranism has remained as a dominant religion ever since the mid sixteenth century. Denmark had started imposing harsh trade restrictions on Iceland by the 17th and 18th centuries. The natural disasters were also the root cause for the decrease in population. There was smallpox in the 18th century which in return caused a great havoc while the Mist Hardship led to the death of livestock in the country. Iceland remained as a Danish independency in the Napoleonic wars. During the World War II, Iceland had joined hands with Denmark to neutralize things. Iceland became republic on 17th June 1944 and had also become a member of NATO. Iceland had also joined the Economic European Era in 1944 which led to the diversification and the liberalization of the country.The economic relations also increased after that
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