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Courtesy of the Government of Iceland
Note: the "first day of summer":
"A Thursday during the period 19 to 25 April" is probably derived from the traditional Scandinavian calendar, in which "summer day" is 14 April and "winter day" 14 October. The 6 months between those dates make up the summer season (halvår), the remaining 6 the winter season (halvår). Midsummer day is then 14 July. This calendar conforms to climate, not planetary movement. So the length of days and nights are not relevant. But mean temperatures will probably correspond quite well to the seasonal calendar. Many events of daily life in Norway used to be scheduled according to this calendar, e.g. employment contracts and property sales or leases. April 14 is also known as "spring (re)moving day". The old Scandinavian calendar sticks had a summer and a winter side, beginning with 14 April and October respectively. You may see some examples on http://www.arild-hauge.com/runekalender.htm.
Lars Roede, 16 July 2002