REYKJAVIK, Iceland — What to do after a financial collapse, a grass-roots revolt against the government and a volcanic cloud that disrupted cross-Atlantic air travel for weeks?
Change your name.
Iceland is holding a contest for a new name, and people in this, one of the smallest countries in Europe, are not sure whether it's a gag. Click here to submit your own entry for the contest.
Some entries include Niceland, Rockland, Catch-A-Cloud-Land. Given the country's recent calamities natural and unnatural, some say a better idea is "Restartland."
"Foreigners that come here say that there is nothing consistent with the name Iceland," said Sigridur Bjorg, 43, an information desk worker from Reykjavik. "But isn't it a bit far-fetched to change the name of the country?"
Iceland, a land of smoldering volcanoes and lava fields and, yes, arctic ice, got its name more than 1,000 years ago from a Viking explorer. But it has a temperate climate thanks to the Gulf Stream.
In modern times, it has been one of the most prosperous of European nations, albeit one of the smallest, with a population of about 320,000.