The third annual traditional IceNews Christmas message

Well, it’s that time of year again. The time of year for forgetting about the cold and darkness by eating and drinking one’s own body weight every day with the people who matter the most. Merry Christmas from IceNews!

The Christmas and New Year period is also the time we begin to reflect on the year gone by; and what a year it has been!

It has been a year full of incredible events in the Nordic countries – some very sad, some surprising and others full of hope.

Iceland’s volcanic eruptions were a stand-out event for people in Iceland and air travellers the world over. The potential to have ruined the tourist season sparked the Inspired by Iceland campaign which saved the day and helped turn the volcanoes into a tourist attraction.

Then there is the relationship between Julian Assange, Wikileaks and Iceland and Sweden. The two Nordic countries are inseparably linked to possibly the biggest global news story of the year.

There was the failed bomb plot in Copenhagen and then the recent successful one in Stockholm. Luckily no members of the public died.

Cairn Energy started drilling for oil off Greenland, the McDonald’s shootings in Finland shocked everyone and Iceland finally seems to have sorted the dreaded Icesave dispute (although it is still way too early to say so for certain).

There is much more, but that is probably enough to be getting on with to remind you how much of a stand-out year 2010 has been.

But for now, on Christmas Day, the most important thing is not to dwell on the news; but rather to relax and to enjoy the company of those around us. On behalf of all the IceNews team, Merry Christmas to you and thanks for reading in 2010!

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