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Definition of the noun Althing

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  1. the national parliament of Iceland


Althing: The Alþingi is the national parliament of Iceland. It is the oldest extant parliamentary institution in the world together with the Jamtamot, today Jämtlands läns landsting, of Jämtland County, Sweden. The Althing was founded in 930 at Þingvellir, the "assembly fields" or "Parliament Plains", situated approximately 45 km east of what later became the country's capital, Reykjavík. This event marked the beginning of the Icelandic Commonwealth. Even after Iceland's union with Norway in 1262, the Althing still held its sessions at Þingvellir until 1799, when it was discontinued for 45 years. It was restored in 1844 and moved to Reykjavík, where it has resided ever since. The present parliament building, the Alþingishús, was built in 1881, of hewn Icelandic stone.

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Google previewThe Prophecy (2014)

by Lane Robson

Althing is a forum for all the people to discuss important topics and to make decisions in the best interest of the entire...

Google previewCanadian Magazine of Politics, Science, Art and Literature (1907)

by J. Gordon Mowat, John Alexander Cooper, Newton MacTavish

The Althing is an assembly ...

Google previewNordic Landscapes (2008)

Region and Belonging on the Northern Edge of Europe by Michael Jones

The Althing is a condensed symbol of the original society, of independence and of the will to order amid the demanding and rather wild nature of Iceland. The symbolic value was heightened during national romanticism and the incipient ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of European Peoples (2006)

by Carl Waldman, Catherine Mason

Althing, by unanimous decision, votes to ban nuclear weapons from Icelandic soil. 1990 Combined National and University Library of Iceland opens in new building in Reykjavík. b time period: 1300 B.C.E. to fifth century C.E. ancestry:.

Google previewWorld Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre (2014)

Volume 1: Europe by Peter Nagy, Philippe Rouyer

InAD 930, the settlers established the Althing, one of the oldest parliaments in the world, which gathered annually at Thingvellir near Reykjavik, nowthe only city and present capital. Christianity was officially adopted inAD 1000, the result of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800-1914 (2008)

by Carl Cavanagh Hodge

It was certainly reached and taken by Vikings in the ninth century under whom Iceland established the Althing, the oldest continuous parliament in the world. Along with Greenland and the Faeroe Islands, Iceland became a Danish possession ...

Google previewThe New Werner Twentieth Century Edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1906)

A Standard Work of Reference in Art, Literature, Science, History, Geography, Commerce, Biography, Discovery and Invention... with New American Supplement, Complete in Thirty Volumes

The year was broken by the spring feasts and moots, the great Althing meeting at midsummer, the marriage and arval gatherings after the summer, and the long yule feasts at midwinter. There were but two degrees of men, free and unfree, ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica (1897)

by Thomas Spencer Baynes, Day Otis Kellogg, William Robertson Smith

ALTHING, the ancient parliament or general assembly of Iceland. It was formed soon after the first settlement, when the inhabitants organized themselves into a republic and adopted one constitution for the whole island. The first althing met ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Rights (1996)

by Edward H. Lawson, Mary Lou Bertucci

The 60-member bicameral elected Althing is the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Arctic (2012)

by Mark Nuttall

Real power rests with the legislature, the 63-member Althing, which sits in Reykjavík. It is a unicameral body, elected for four years, but may be dissolved sooner by the prime minister. The executive power rests with the prime minister and the ...

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