Iceland Cultural Story: Housing Market And Income Disparity (LISTEN)

We covered Iceland Airwaves Music Festival and other cultural stories over the fall semester. Read about our adventures via our Iceland Airwaves 2016 page and tune into WCRX-FM for our final Radio Documentary on January 14th at 10 a.m. CT (livestream here) and during the encore presentation on January 15th at 10 a.m. CT. In the meantime, hear this cultural story that was produced while we were in Iceland.

The United States and Iceland share something unique, that maybe one wouldn’t expect. While becoming a legal adult in the United States and Iceland is 18, the legal drinking age in the U.S. is 21 years old and in Iceland it’s 20. These ages are higher than most countries where the drinking age is normally around 18 years old. Strict rules for underage drinking and policies are enforced in both the United States and Iceland. Although according to the Icelandic Center for Social Research and Analysis, Iceland has nearly eliminated underage drinking by using a specific model designed to decrease underage drinking, while in the United States underage drinking continues to grow.

By adopting this Icelandic Model, the percentage of underage drinking could decrease in the United States. Inga Dóra Sigfúsdóttir, the Director of  Icelandic Center for Social Research and Analysis, Margrét Lilja Guómundsdóttir, a Icelandic Center for Social Research and Analysis Data Specialist, and Hjalti Jón Sveinsson, the principle of Kvennaskólinn school are interviewed for this story.

Also, tune in to hear our final radio documentary on January 14th and 15th at 10 a,m. CT only on WCRX FM, where you can hear this full story: Economic disparity is growing after new president-elect Donald Trump in the United States, which is contributing to the housing crisis. Iceland is having the same issues with rent and home prices due to their new political parties. Iceland is a part of a housing price increase that is affecting families around the globe. Here’s a teaser from my story featuring Oli Eiríksson, the Head of Economic Development in Reykjavík, who is working to create solutions to house people in affordable places.

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