08/17/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Iceland EU Bid Effort Intensifies Under Economic Pressure

The people of Iceland are known for their resilient, go-it-alone character. It is the result of a forbidding geography: endowed with a rugged terrain pockmarked by geysers and volcanoes, their island stretches into the Arctic Circle, and is nearly 620 miles (1,000 km) from mainland Europe.

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