Monday, 15 September 2008
The social insurance/security number is a simple little thing in Canada, used mainly for filling out tax forms. Here in Iceland, it's your main identity, your friend, your access pass, your life. You need it to register for courses, to get a library card, to open up a bank account and do about a million other things. To get the kennitala may take two, three, four days or a week. I and other foreigners have noticed that Iceland is a "relaxed" country. I overheard a girl in the student centre complaining, "In Finalnd, if they say something will be done by Thursday it is done by Thursday. In Iceland, it isn't." Things are more relaxed and take a longer time and we as the consumers must just wait. I hope this goes for handing in assignments a bit late, too! Jokes.