Iceland became a republic in 1944, using the opportunity provided by the WWII occupation of Denmark which saw the king on the run and thus no one in power to protest our independence. The announcement was made at the Thingvellir national park, the home of the original Icelandic parliament established soon after settlement in 930 which ran uninterrupted until we signed off our independence in 1798. People from all over the country attended the event which was very festive and celebratory and the whole affair was a huge success. In 1994 a celebration was planned to mark the 50 year anniversary of this event and the organizers decided what better to do than repeat the original festivities and hold the commemoration at Thingvellir.
Yrsa - Wedneday
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