Today marks Iceland's 65th year of independence, and we'd like nothing more than to join in the celebration. According to the U.N., Iceland is the world's most progressive society. The Nordic wonderland has the second longest-living population, significantly more women than men, and it also boasts the only openly gay leader in the world. Translation: Beautiful cougars roam the majestic landscape looking for men who actually dig women.

We put together a steaming-hot list from the place so nice they named it Ice. Presenting the 9 hottest women from Iceland...

bjork1#9. BJÖRK
CLAIMS TO FAME: Björk is a multi-platinum singer/songwriter best known for her unique sound, which, if you're not familiar, sounds like a mash-up of a Broadway show and an ecstasy party. Yeah, she's not conventionally pretty, but we bet the fuck-faces (and sound effects) are something else.

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#8. ANITA BRIEM
CLAIM TO FAME: She's an international actress who recently starred Journey to the Center of the Earth. There's nothing like a good, wholesome girl who knows how to deal with rock-hard surfaces.

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01r#7. BERGLIND ICEY
CLAIM TO FAME: St. Pauli beer maiden by day and competitive swimmer by night, Berglind "So" Icey is a girl you can bring home to Mom. Gucci!

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#6. UNNUR BIRNA VILHJALMSDOTTIR
CLAIM TO FAME: After being crowned Miss World in 2005, Unnur went straight to law school. This girl's got "straight to the top," written all over her, which is unfortunate because all we want is for her to go down.

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#5. ELISABET DAVIDSDOTTIR
CLAIM TO FAME: The Icelandic version of Penelope Cruz, Elisabet was named Ford Supermodel of the World in 1997. Yeah, it was over a decade ago, so what.

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#4. YOHANNA
CLAIMS TO FAME: This singer repped Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009. Her song "Is it True?" won second place. So, is it true Yohanna's gaze could melt the ice in our Jamesons? Definitely.

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#3. MALLA KJARTANSDOTTIR
CLAIM TO FAME: She's a beautiful model, even if her name sounds like some Swedish hockey star. She's got Nordic in her, but what about Ourdic?

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#2. THELMA THORMARSDOTTIR
CLAIM TO FAME: Who could forget good ol' Thelma? Has Victoria's Secret ever failed us? Nope.

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#1. ASDIS RAN
CLAIM TO FAME: The most famous celebrity model in all of Iceland, Asdis grabs the gold by a longshot. You can't pass on Ass-dis good.