Skeptically, I listened to him as he told me of untold riches in the form of Nordic, blonde hair, blue-eyed, curvaceous girls in a region that is ill-named. I have written about hotspots to go around the world, but this place apparently tops them all. According to him, the girls approach you and if you don't happen to be blonde and blue-eyed, you'll stick out - which is a good thing. You see, Iceland is one of the most geneticially pure countries in the world. I mean, heck, how many Icelandic immigrants have you met? Ever heard of anyone moving there?
A country of 300,000, I decided to do some research of my own and sure enough, I found stories that supported the outrageous claims of my coworker. Apparently, Iceland is a Matriarchal society, where women rule the family. They are independent and unafraid of making the first move. They view sex, as no big deal. Of course, as a former journalist, I must examine both sides and I am certain that this does not represent the entire country. Take this interview on Oprah for example, where a woman has a cow that her country's women are perceived as hoochie mamas. (She didn't say hoochie mamas, but I like those words - so lets go with it.) You will also find what you are looking for in that interview about social norms for women and men.
Here's another blog post that's excellent from a guy, who lays out why the country is the way it is. Did you know that Iceland has had three Miss Universes!?!? For a country of 300,000, that's pretty darn impressive. (Thanks Carlo for that scintillating stat!)
Read this guy's 'day in the life' travel story in Iceland. This proved that my coworker wasn't really as outrageous as I thought. But be prepared: if you want to head to Iceland, the drinks are in the $15-$20 range, and as of today, a ticket to Iceland from SFO is nearly $2,000! That's like 4,000 Jack in a Box Tacos!
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P.S. This is a good site to see what girls are like and look like, not only in Iceland, but all around the world: http://www.girlsonamap.com/. Or, if you want tips on "picking up" girls around the world, you'll want to pick up the book "Berating Others On Your Way to a Lifetime of Happiness: That, and Dating Around the World" - available on Amazon here. The author is the funniest writer I've ever met!