TIL that the parliament of Iceland, the Althing, is the oldest surviving parliament in the world, having been founded in 930

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Well it’s all the things!


Greenland’s Althing would be about as old as Iceland’s today if only the Norse had gotten their act together and adapted to the Little Ice Age, instead of insisting that farming on the island’s snow-covered tundra was a perfectly valid way to make a living.


That Icelandic parliament wasn’t continuous, the Manx parliament is the longest continuous parliament.


However, from 1800 to 1845, the Althing, then surviving as the supreme court, was dissolved.


Actually the parliament of Isle of Mann is