This one has been sitting in my "future post ideas" box forever, back from the early days of the Iceland Report. And I guess its time has come. So the gist is, what if America's and Iceland's positions in the world were reversed? What would be some of the implications of that?
- Tourists from Iceland expecting Americans to speak fluent Icelandic, Americans having been raised on a steady diet of sitcoms and movies from Iceland. Verðbréfaspilið: The Movie.
- Americans have no idea why President Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson so popular in Iceland, thinking Icelanders a bunch of idiots for electing him.
- Icelandic Navy Base in Maine provided significant chunk of American employment until Icelanders closed it down last year.
- Icelanders ask, "What language do Americans speak? Do they have their own language?"
- Americans grow up with specific ideas of places they want to see in Iceland. "I've always wanted to see Egilsstaður."
- Young Americans sprinkle their English with heavily-accented Icelandic idioms and phrases, older Americans frown on the practice. "I ran into her at the party. Það er ekki gott maður."
- Icelanders think America just another one of their territories.
- A young Icelandic professional moves to America and gets asked at least once a week, "Why did you come here?"
- "Icelandic Style" restaurants in NYC and Boston serve up lamb and potatoes, salted cod.
- Americans take regular shopping trips to Iceland, come back with suitcases laden down with wool and skyr.
- Kids on the streets of NYC shamelessly wear KR hats, having never seen a single soccer game.