Iceland Wants Foreigners to Stop Buying Its Land

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A little over a century ago, a young woman named Sigridur Tomasdottir threatened to throw herself into the icy gorge of Iceland’s iconic Gullfoss waterfall in a bid to stop English businessmen from turning it into a hydroelectric dam.

In the end, the proto eco-warrior was able to hold on to her life — the leasing contract was canceled, allegedly because the money failed to turn up on time — and the Golden Falls are today one of the country’s biggest tourist attractions.

Iceland’s first environmentalist prime minister, Katrin Jakobsdottir, has now picked up Tomasdottir’s baton by railing against foreign investors who have been purchasing vast swathes of the north Atlantic island’s pristine wilderness…

Read more : Bloomberg, 01.08.2018