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What does “þetta reddast” mean?

By Sara McMahon

  • Carefree. Over time Icelanders have developed a mentality which can sometimes seem a bit carefree. Photo/Stefán Karlsson

The Icelandic phrase “þetta reddast” is so frequently used, it has been described as the country’s motto. “Þetta reddast” can be translated to “it will all work out okay”. 

Life could often be difficult in this barren, harsh country and over time Icelanders have developed a mentality which can sometimes seem a bit carefree. When faced with difficulties Icelanders always maintain a belief that things will work out in the end; no matter how big the problem, a solution will always present itself. 

So, are you stuck in the middle of nowhere? Did you lose your passport? Þetta reddast!

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