Before you start reading the article, we always ask: “What's this country doing for us”, but why can't we change what we do for the country? If you are living in Iceland and would like to help the country in this crisis:https://www.facebook.com/HackTheCrisisIceland/
The rate of unemployment in Iceland is currently 15%. This is the first time it has reached this mark - it is higher even than during the 2008 recession after Iceland suffered one of the biggest banking collapses in history. The government has been supportive and done everything in their power to help people. A few big companies tried to take advantage of the government’s generous support packages, but the government figured them out.
Black jobs (doing illegal cash work) are always likely to go up whenever a country is experiencing a recession. The crime rate also goes up in tandem with higher unemployment and the general sense of dismay in society.
SOLUTION: The government should consider fining organisations, who break the rules as they are harming the country (no tax money), and also damaging individuals in cases where they end up not receiving any COVID-19 support income and a hefty fine for it.
The beauty of Iceland lies in its unique environment, with black volcanic beaches, glaciers, hot springs and volcanoes all located within a short drive of Reykjavík, the capital city. However, in recent years the nation has not been quite the unspoiled and sparsely populated wilderness of years gone by. Iceland’s population remains tiny at around 365,000, but the number of visiting tourists exceeded 2 million in 2018 and 2019. It's a blessing and a curse at the same time. So many of the visitors to Iceland come to experience nature-based tourism. It has proven impossible for the government to take care of everything, but with no tourists here, now is the perfect time to focus on the recovery of Iceland’s once-pristine environment, especially on the well-worn footpaths of the famous Golden Circle sites.
SOLUTION: Nature Pass
Scenario: The government should charge a minimum of 2.000 ISK per person at the airport if they are coming to Iceland as a tourist. I will set out a detailed plan in the Hackathon if I get selected.
Language is the soul of every nation. Iceland is a small island and if people don't speak Icelandic, the language will be lost forever. Everyone here speaks English, so the importance of preserving Icelandic needs to be emphasised, and immigrants living here should try and learn it as best they can. Making sure Icelandic survives should be the aim of every person living in Iceland. My Icelandic skills are still at the survival level, but I can get by. Before learning the Icelandic language, make sure you consider the following facts:
Iceland is one of the strictest countries in the world when it comes to its refugees policy. The way it looks, it might go even harder as the future of the Icelandic economy can be a big question mark. The country would try to save itself first before helping others. A lot of money is spent on every person when they come as an asylum seeker.
Refugees Policy criteria:http://www.refugeelegalaidinformation.org/resettlement-iceland
SOLUTION: Harsh, but it’s necessary to stop the refugee program until the country recovers socially and economically from COVID-19. It's easy to take people but to find them work is the hardest thing, which the nation was experiencing even before COVID-19.
A good idea can change the face of any country. We should have ‘idea events’ in Iceland once every year, not only during the crisis. No nation is perfect; we all have to work together to make it even better. A HACKATHON is planned this year from 22-25 May, 2020. We should have more of them.
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