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Smoked Pork Still Popular at Christmas

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Smoked Pork Still Popular at Christmas

An inventive take on the smoked lamb (hangikjöt), green peas and red cabbage traditionally eaten in Iceland on Christmas Day. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

In almost 50 percent of Icelandic homes (46.4 percent to be exact), a smoked rack of pork was served for dinner on Christmas Eve. The tradition—which is fairly new and under Danish influence—remains popular, although the ratio has dropped from 49.8 percent from last year.

This was stated in a new MMR poll. Almost 10 percent of respondents (9.6 percent) favored lamb (not smoked) for dinner on Christmas Eve, 9.6 percent turkey and 8.0 percent ptarmigan. Pork, not smoked, landed on the plates of 4.4 percent of respondents, while 21.9 percent of respondents had planned to cook something other than the above options.

Approximately one third of Icelanders, or 36 percent, intended to eat fermented skate on December 23, a similar ratio as last year when 35.8 percent of respondents to the MMR poll were keen on upholding the stinking habit.

A total of 924 individuals, 18 and older, chosen at random, responded to the survey.

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