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Saturday, September 29, 2012

tak faham? greenland vs iceland

kenapa ia dinamakan greenland?

kenapa pula yang ni dinamakan iceland?

Iceland is, relative to other European nations, very icy and so it would have seemed the most obvious name to it's 10th century Scandinavian settlers. Vatnajökull ice cap, for example, has more ice than all the glaciers of continental europe put together!

Greenland was reputedly so named by it's discoverer, the viking Eric the Red, to make it sound more pleasant (although this may just be folklore). He was exiled from Iceland for manslaughter, and so must have wanted to make his new settlement sound more attractive than that of his erstwhile enemies!

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