The Althingi was established in the year 930 AD, making it over 1,000 years old! This makes it the oldest surviving parliament in the world. The parliament originally met at Thingvellir, a historic site that is now a national park and UNESCO World Heritage site. The Althingi has played a significant role in Iceland’s history, including during the country’s transition to a republic in 1944. Today, the Althingi is still the legislative branch of Iceland’s government and meets in Reykjavik, the country’s capital city.