ICELAND: New Republic

Everybody in Iceland knew that practically nobody in Iceland wanted to remain a vassal of the Dutch crown — particularly since old King Christian X, from Nazi-held Copenhagen, had stiffly told the Icelanders to mind their independent ways (TIME, May 15). The referendum on independence was a mere formality. In Reykjavik (the capital) alone, the vote was 24,528-to-150.

Result: on June 17 Iceland will formally become a republic. Almost certain to be the first president: bulky, stern-faced, U.S.-minded Sveinn Björnsson, 63, the island's regent since 1941.

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