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When the global economy collapsed in 2008, Iceland was the first casualty: Its credit-driven banks went bust, and inflation rose 18%. Now the economy is bouncing back, with unemployment levels cut in half, thanks partly to its status as one of the world’s most connected countries. For a small nation, it’s also surprisingly influential, known for trailblazing economic and social policies. For example, Iceland has the world’s first openly gay prime minister, Social Democrat Johanna Sigurdardottir. Iceland also has one of the planet’s highest levels of Internet use, and the government’s next act could be groundbreaking: There is legislation to ban all forms of digital porn, not out of prudishness, but to protect children from violent sexual imagery. On the biz side, potential for satellite or B.O. growth is limited. There are only 315,000 people, two-thirds of them in Reykjavik. But the nation is a breeding ground for talent, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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