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How Iceland got its teens clean-living


Huge benefits: Iceland has linked its sporting success, especially in football, to the Youth in Iceland programme.– AP

Huge benefits: Iceland has linked its sporting success, especially in football, to the Youth in Iceland programme.– AP

IT WAS a little before three on a sunny Friday afternoon in 2017 and Laugardalur Park, near central Reykjavik, looked practically deserted. There was an occasional adult with a pushchair, but the park was surrounded by apartment blocks and houses, and school was out – so where were all the kids?

Walking with me were Gudberg Jónsson, a local psychologist, and Harvey Milkman, an American psychology professor, who was teaching at Reykjavik University.

   

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