Americans, eh?

Founded in 1989, the company now employs 1,000 people, according to the grocery chain’s website. There are 20 Bónus stores in Iceland, and 12 in the Faroe Islands.

The store might not boast an international presence

Given that the Faroes and Iceland are different countries, they’ve got an international presence, no?

21 thoughts on “Americans, eh?”

  1. jgh:

    That was kinda the point.

    My point is that it’s wrong to say that the Faroe Islands are an independent country. They’re not. They’re part of the Kingdom of Denmark. It’s like saying that somewhere like Aruba is an independent country.

  2. “the Faroes and Iceland are different countries” is surely fair enough. The Fs are part of Denmark; I is no longer part of Denmark.

  3. Well, it is possible to argue here. Scotland and England are different countries even if they’re both part of the UK. One reasonable clue being that they’ve got different international football teams.

    Faroes and Denmark are different international football teams…..

  4. Faroes is unique afaik – it’s the only territory I can find that is in Europe, never been Communist, and not part of the EU that is worse off than its nearest EU neighbour.
    Unless anyone else knows better.

  5. “Do the 12 shops manage to turn a profit?”

    Given the likely competition, most of it hundreds of miles away, I imagine they probably do.

  6. dearieme:

    The Fs are part of Denmark; I is no longer part of Denmark.

    It would be easy to write Faroe Islands (an autonomous territory of Denamrk) or somesuch.

    And anyway, given that there are towns smaller than 10,000 with four or five supermarkets, I’m sure that an island of 50,000 witll manage. I assume that there is no monopolu there, that there are other chains there too?

  7. @Alex1

    Competition is just round the corner: Netto, Konsum (I think) and Iceland ( no, really. There was one 5 mins walk away). Plus lots of small independent supermarkets. I only stayed in Reykjavik and along the south coast though.

    Everything is eyewateringly expensive and there’s no booze of any kind.

  8. I’ve recently picked up a new client which is an Icelandic company which has opened a UK subsidiary.

    They’ve invited me and colleagues over to Iceland. Iceland was where Fortitude was filmed.

    I think they’re all mad aren’t they? Half the year in perpetual daylight and half in total darkness or something. And drunk the whole year round.

    Sounds fun, I’ll go.

  9. Yes, they are currently two different countries in the eyes of some. To others, Iceland is a province in rebellion against their rightfully born sovereign, Queen Margrethe Thorhildur.

  10. “Americans, eh?”
    Wonder how many Brits know who the Faroes belong to? Most people seem to think, when they bother to think at all, they’re Scottish & somewhere near Orkney. Spillover from the BBC shipping forecasts?
    Record for geographical inexactitude, as far as I’m concerned, belongs a bloke had a top floor council flat near Swiss Cottage. Certainly got a fine view across London from up there. Except he was convinced the Crystal Palace transmitter mast was the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

  11. Been to Iceland a fair bit for business, you need to consider that they are the descendants of those Vikings who couldn’t get along with other Vikings!

  12. “Iceland is a province in rebellion against their rightfully born sovereign …” On one view, half of England ought still to be Danish territory. And a chunk of Scotland, Norwegian.

  13. Dearieme: spot on! The really interesting discussion is how much of North America, we should get back. Vinland is Newfoundland. Markland is Nova Scotia. So Helluland, southernmost of Viking territories would be Maine.

  14. @dearime
    “On one view, half of England ought still to be Danish territory” – no! England is not denmark, and if the danes want to come an claim it they can have six foot of it only. ( ref: Harold Godwinson )

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