I don’t know exactly what you mean, but I’d say Icelandic men and women are very liberal. Iceland is somewhat of a leader in women’s rights and has been for a long time. We had the world’s first female president and more recently the world’s first openly gay prime minister (female). Iceland also generally ranks highest in the world by most measures of equality.
My experience with the US is that you can’t stereotype. There is such a wide range of values and cultures. However, in Iceland I feel that religion and strong religious values play less a part than in many places. Marriage is not considered that important. Every couple lives together before getting married and many if not most have children.
We share most of these attributes with the other nordic countries. One big difference though is that Icelander’s generally are younger when they have their first child than our nordic neighbors. Still we don’t allow it to distract us from life that much. You’ll see if you walk into a lecture at the university that there typically is at least a couple of pregnant women, a sleeping baby and perhaps a five year old playing on a computer. This is something I’ve never seen at fx the Swedish universities I’ve been at.
Oh and of course we have the most beautiful women in the world.
Perhaps you are referring to descriptions of Icelandic nightlife like those of Quentin Tarantino.
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To the last anon (from the USA); actually, the way ‘we’ see it here - of course this is generalizing, is that in the USA the women are less socially liberal than lots of other countries (mostly the Scandinavian ones). I’m Dutch (The Netherlands/Holland) and I’ve been to Iceland and I can agree on the answer the writer of this blog gave you. I don’t mean to offend anyone, I just think it is funny the way we see things from a different view whilst living in another country.