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President: Iceland Is Not Well Suited For The EU

Published February 26, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Kris Krüg

The President of Iceland, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, has said Iceland is not well suited for the EU in an interview with Russian news outlet Metro, reports DV.

In an interview published in Russia yesterday, Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, explained his views on Iceland joining the EU.

“Iceland is not well suited for EU membership for the same reasons that Norway is not well suited for it and which lead to Greenland leaving the EU. Membership would not suit Iceland because of the nature of our economy, [specifically where EU fishing quotas are concerned], and also our location,” said Ólafur.

The President went on to say that exciting times were ahead for Iceland and the other arctic countries, Greenland and Norway and that St. Petersburg could be called the capital of the Arctic.

The president gave the interview while in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

In the past two days, thousands of Icelanders have protested in front of parliament following a proposal to withdraw from EU accession talks. Vísir reports that 28,000 people have signed a petition against the proposal and further demonstrations are expected in front of parliament today.

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