Anonymous asked: i am from turkey. i am a geomatic engineer. can i live in iceland permantly? i know that there is some issues with goverment in iceland. i heard that you dont love turks. so is it true?
Since you are from outside the EU/EEA/Schengen, you need to acquire a working permit, which basically means you need to find an employer that would like to hire you. I could imagine that there is demand geomatic engineers in Iceland. Maybe not always, but definitely when large projects, dams etc. are being constructed. You can read a bit more about residence permits etc. in previous questions.
Traditionally Icelanders don’t like Turks. That however is all built on a big misunderstanding and is history. I don’t think that would cause you any trouble, although it may be an interesting conversation starter. The thing is that in 1627 a group of Moroccan pirates under a Dutch commander working for the Ottoman Empire attacked several villages on the south coast of Iceland and took people as slaves. These poor people were then sold as slaves in Algeria and Morocco. The event was quite devastating, particularly for the Vestmannaeyjar islands and Grindavík, where about half of the populations were kidnapped.
The thing is the event is known in Iceland as “Tyrkjaránið” or the Turkish Abductions, even though there were no actual “Turks” involved. But of course they were under the Ottoman Empire. After this event, Turks were of course not particularly popular in Iceland (not that they really came to Iceland anyways). Also many Icelanders believe that there was a forgotten law still in place, until recently, that said that it was legal to kill Turks. This is actually an urban legend and not true at all.
The story of “Tyrkjaránið” is quite amazing and it would definitely come up in conversations with Icelanders if you move to Iceland. But I’m sure it won’t affect you negatively at all, just a nice conversation starter.