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Iceland has a series of distinctive characteristics. Its population is relatively small (today 275,000 but as low as 50,000 in the
recent past). There exist an unusually complete set of family records in Iceland (over 80% of
all Icelandic people who ever lived can be placed genealogically on a computerized database).
The population is understood to be highly homogeneous. There exist comprehensive clinical
records of Iceland's public health service dating back to 1915. The population is entirely
literate. Iceland has the longest standing parliament in the world.
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