Writers are revered in Iceland. I like that. The Government pays people to write, and everyone there writes. Of course everyone in the U.S. writes, too. It is just harder to get paid for it. Even getting something published is no guarantee of getting paid for it. Many writers don't really make a living at it. They have their day jobs keeping them going.
The Icelanders have a saying: "Better to go barefoot than without a book". This is good. Books are our friends.