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Behold! The First Human Search Engine is in Iceland!?

Features & Advice | Tom Bastek | April 29, 2015

Behold! The First Human Search Engine is in Iceland!?

Photo courtesy of Inspired by Iceland

Iceland is one of those places that many know about but few have visited. It is also one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Iceland is one of the most literate countries in the world and if the rumors hold true, the blonde to brunette ratio is somewhere in the neighborhood of 10 to 1. 

But trying to pronounce the Icelandic language is not just a challenge, it is downright frustrating. And asking questions of a computer search engine can be a little troublesome. Worry not my friend, Guðmundur is here.

In what can only be called a feat of sheer brilliance and delivered with wonderful humor, Inspired by Iceland has launched the very first human search engine. Guðmundur, one of the most popular first names in the country, is the name that the tourism group chose to answer the questions from the masses. Seven different Guðmundurs were picked, one from each region, and people from around the world have been invited to ask questions about the little- known country.

Iceland, who has always been considered a little different, extremely friendly, and fun has put together this video:

People will be able to tweet and facebook the Guðmundurs questions with the hashtag #askgudmundur and they will be answered in person with a new video debuting each week.

“So many people have questions about our wonderful country, so why ask a computer when you can ask Guðmundur? We’re hoping that the world will embrace this new, personal service and will share their questions with our human search engine," said Inga Hlín Pálsdóttir, Director of Tourism & Creative Industries at Promote Iceland said. "We like to offer a personal approach in all we do and this service offers just that. Each of our seven Guðmundurs is a specialist in their region and are excited about answering the world’s questions about Iceland in a truly human way. Iceland is a small country with a wealth of secrets and now Ask Guðmundur will help us share them with the world.”

It is Guðmundur of the North’s turn right now, and you have today and tomorrow to get your questions in. Here is a video to learn a little more about him:

You have always wanted to know something about Iceland and this is your chance to have it answered in the best way possible: by a local Icelander who is sitting at a desk in the middle of the country!

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