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Thora Arnorsdottir and Family

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Unwed Mothers in Iceland

Women Can Have It All... In Iceland

Why you should care

Because it takes a village but not necessarily a wedding ring to raise a child.

This editor’s pick first broke the ice on September 16, 2013.

In Iceland, marriage isn’t an institution; it’s not even a hobby. Instead, Iceland is a country with tons of divorce and the highest percentage of working mothers. Sound like a formula for social ruin? Hardly. Icelanders are among the happiest (and healthiest) people on Earth — and raising lots of happy, self-confident kids. Find out why in the animated infographic (below) from our friends at Newsbound.

Chilling out the right way

Cover image source: Axel Sigurdarson

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Sean Braswell

Meet The Author Sean Braswell

Sean Braswell writes about history, politics, film, sports, and most everything else for OZY --aside from this byline, which he assigned to an unpaid intern who was locked in a room, given a Red Bull and an internet connection, and told to make some magic happen, pronto.

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