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Iceland

Iceland is an island nation in the northern Atlantic Ocean between Greenland and the United Kingdom, with a population of around 300,000 people. It lies about 2,600 miles from New York and 520 miles from Scotland.

Iceland is considered to be a part of Europe, not a part of North America although it strides both the European and North American tectonic plates being in a volcanically active area. It is the world's 18th largest island, and Europe's 2nd largest island following Great Britain.

Iceland is a member of the EEA (European Economic Area) but not a member of the EU (European Union).

Currency: Icelandic króna (ISK)
Time zone: GMT (UTC+0)
Internet TLD: .is
Calling code: 354

Iceland has the world's oldest continuous parliament "Althing" (since 930 AD) and is a Nordic nation, continuously in the top 20 of countries by GDP per capita (based on purchasing power parity). The Icelandic economy historically has depended heavily on the fishing industry, which still provides almost 40% of export earnings and employs 8% of the work force.

Iceland's economy has been diversifying into manufacturing and service industries in the last decade, and new developments in software production, data centres, biotechnology, and financial services now make up a significant part of the country 's income.

News from Iceland.


Dalvík

Dalvík is a small town in the North of Iceland. The population is around 2,000 people and the local economy has historically been based upon fish processing based around the Dalvík harbour.

The ferry Sæfari, which sails from Dalvík harbour, serves the island of Grímsey, Iceland's northernmost community, which lies on the Arctic Circle.

Jóhann K. Pétursson, The Viking Giant, and tallest man recorded in Iceland at 7 feet 8 inches (234 cm), was a member of the Snorrason family, and you can find about him at the Hvoll Folk Museum in Dalvík.


Dalvik Virtual Machine

Dalvik is also the name of the Virtual Machine from Google, Inc which is a core part of their Android platform for operating mobile phones.

Dalvik is often referred to as a Java Virtual Machine, but in fact it uses its own file format, the Dalvik Executable format (identified by the postfix .dex) as the bytecode on which it operates. This is optimized for a minimal memory footprint.

A tool named dx, included in the Android SDK, transforms the Java Class files which were compiled by a regular Java language compiler into the .dex file format.

The Dalvik VM relies on the Linux kernel for underlying functionality such as threading and low-level memory management.

The Dalvik VM was designed and written by Dan Bornstein (not to be confused with Dan J. Bernstein) with contributions from other Google engineers.


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