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Some are hailing it as a welcome solution to a very Icelandic form of social embarrassment.

Arnar Freyr Adalsteinsson, one of the trio, said it allows any two Icelanders to see how closely related they are, simply by touching phones."It's not a good feeling when you realize that girl is a second cousin.People may think it's funny, but (the app) is a necessity." The Islendiga-App — "App of Icelanders" — is an idea that may only be possible in Iceland, where most of the population shares descent from a group of 9th-century Viking settlers, and where an online database holds genealogical details of almost the entire population.We like to have a drink together, buy ice cream or possibly take a stroll somewhere you aren’t likely to run into anyone.Being such a small country you are always likely to meet someone you know and when it’s just the first date and you aren’t sure about this you usually don’t want to run into anyone.

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