An Icelander living in Norway bought a leg of Icelandic lamb at his local store for the same price Icelanders would pay in their home country – and made an ironic show of gratitude for it.
Guðni Ölversson, the Icelander in question, bought his leg of Icelandic lamb in Norway for about 1,000 ISK per kilo; about the same amount an Icelander would pay in Iceland. “Thanks to those who continue to pay for lowering the price of Icelandic agricultural products for foreigners who don’t deserve it,” he wrote on Facebook. “They can just buy meat for the same price that it would be at Nóatún.”
He expressed surprise that in 2012, Icelandic taxpayers were continuing to help reduce the price of Icelandic agricultural products for export to countries with far stronger currencies than Iceland’s.
Þórólfur Matthíasson, a professor of economics, wrote an article for Fréttablaðið wherein he pointed out that some 400 million to 1.2 billion ISK in tax money goes every year to helping lower the cost of Icelandic meat for export.