Who could truly believe in invisible elves? Children, perhaps? Actually, try the majority of the Icelandic population. One 1998 survey showed that 54.4 percent of Icelanders said they believed in the existence of elves. These elves in question are known as the Huldufolk, or the "hidden people," and are allegedly invisible. They're not tiny people like, say, Santa's elves in the North Pole workshop. Invisible Icelandic elves are said to be the same size as visible human people like you. The belief in elves is more than just silly fun—a big part of the folklore is intertwined with the identity of Iceland as a nation.
The majority of people in Iceland believe in invisible elves. This isn't just silly folklore to them—elves affect many aspects of modern life in Iceland.
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