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Icelandic football team's "Viking War Cry" is one of Facebook's biggest moments of 2016

By Staff

  • An example of people being connected The upset success of the Icelandic national football team at the EURO 2016 and its Viking War Cry inspired people around the world. Photo/Screenshot from video, see below.

Every year Facebook posts a vide with the year in review, a collage of moments, videos and stories which dominated the social media network in the past year. These include both positive and less happy stories. Among the latter are the deaths of popular culture heroes like David Bowie, Muhammed Ali and the Minnesota pop-star Prince. Political stores like the US presidential election and the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the US also features. Mark Zuckerberg notes that the past year has been tough for 

"2016 was a difficult year for a lot of people around the world. But what gives me hope is that even our darkest moments were a little brighter because of the connections we shared with each other."

The video uses the "Viking War Cry" of the Icelandic national football team at EURO 2016, the crowd of Icelandic football fans at Arnarhóll in downtown Reykjavík and an Icelandic football fan hugging a French child who sought to console him after Iceland lost to France as examples of these bright moments, when our connections with one another. Coming right after the US Presidential election the signature clap of the Icelandic football team is posited as the antidote to the divisions and dark moments of 2016: "even when we seemed at our most divided, we were still connected."

Read more: Watch: "Viking war cry" goes viral. Video shared 17 million times

We at Iceland Magazine cannot but agree. Our connections to one another can sometimes be quite surprising, as our reporting on the fact that Donald Trump can trace his ancestry to the same roots as some of the Viking Age settlers of Iceland shows! And we certainly hope that the optimistic message of Zuckerberg's video will inspire the world to come together in 2017 with a "Húh!" and work to make this a better world!

Read more: Trump‘s ancestors among the Viking age settlers of Iceland, scholars believe

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