When the world gets closer.

We help you see farther.

Sign up to our expressly international daily newsletter.

Already a subscriber? Log in .

You've reached your limit of one free article.

Get unlimited access to Worldcrunch

You can cancel anytime .


Exclusive International news coverage

Ad-free experience NEW

Weekly digital Magazine NEW

9 daily & weekly Newsletters

Access to Worldcrunch archives

Free trial

30-days free access, then $2.90
per month.

Annual Access BEST VALUE

$19.90 per year, save $14.90 compared to monthly billing.save $14.90.

Subscribe to Worldcrunch

Want To Avoid Dating Your Cousin? Iceland Has An App For That



REYKJAVIK – Iceland is an island in the far north of Europe, just south of the Arctic Circle, known for musical talents Bjork and Sigur Ros and popular crime writer Arnaldur Indridason. Not much else. Aside maybe for the fact that everyone in Iceland is related.

Yes, everyone in Iceland is related to Bjork! That’s how cool Icelanders are.

So every Icelander that is in a relationship is actually dating a relative, writes the News of Iceland. But how do you know if it is a close (too close) relative that you are dating?

But now there is a solution. Three engineers from the Sad Engineer Studios have created an app for quickly identifying the familial connection of someone else. Using “bump technology,” Icelanders can just bump their phones together to access the “Islendingabok” (Book of of Icelanders) database that lists genealogy information about every single Icelander and find out how closely related they are.

“Bump the app before you bump in bed,” is their slogan.

The app, which is only available on Android phones, is already a success – and rightly so if you believe this reviewer on Google’s app store: “If I would have had this app last year I probably wouldn’t have gone home with my cousin."

Photos Islendinga App

You've reached your limit of free articles.

To read the full story, start your free trial today.

Get unlimited access. Cancel anytime.

Exclusive coverage from the world's top sources, in English for the first time.

Insights from the widest range of perspectives, languages and countries.

This Happened — October 4: First Pope Visit To The U.S.

The first Pope to visit the United States was Pope Paul VI happened on this day in 1965, and had significant political and religious implications.

Get This Happened straight to your inbox ✉️ each day! Sign up here.

Keep reading...Show less

The latest