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MP wonders whether pubs could strengthen community life in rural districts

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  • Behind the bar MP for the Independence Party wonders whether local pubs could strengthen community life in rural areas. Photo/Stefán

A MP for the Independence Party wonders whether local pubs could strengthen small communities in rural districts in Iceland. Einar K. Guðfinnsson explains that a new English study shows that villages with a thriving local pub have more community spirit and stronger local businesses than those which do not.

According to the study, led by Dr Ignazio Cabras, an economist based at Northumbria University and University of York, pubs are more important to village life than the local parish church.

On his blog, Einar wonders whether local authorities should include pubs in their future regional development policy in a bid to strenghten community life in rural districts. 

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