Iceland has the highest literacy rate in the world-100%. This is amazing in the sense that this is a relatively young nation and the literacy rate has always been high. When the Icelanders were living in turf houses and struggling with the harsh nature conditions of the country and living extreme poverty, reading was one of the favorite past-times.
Icelanders pride themselves on their Sagas that tell the historic tails of the first settlers and their families. The Sagas are not only remarkable for its contents but also in connection to the Icelandic language. The average Icelander today can relatively easily read the original scripts of the saga and get a full sense of it. That is how little the language has changed through the centuries.
Gljúfrasteinn, House of Halldór Laxness
The Árni Magnússon Institute
Reykjavík City Museum
National and University Library of Iceland
Museums in Iceland