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Friday, 12 February 2010

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Spain is a country with a lot of sunshine. On average, parts of the country has upwards of 3,000 days of sunshine a year. That's a lot more than it needs, though the population no doubt finds it very enjoyable.

By contrast, Iceland is a country that does not get a lot of sunshine. The country's annual sunshine days usually totals around 1,000, or just one third that of Spain.

It is for this reason that two entrepreneurs in the Cáceres region of Spain, brothers Manuel Monterroso and Francisco Monterroso, have seen an opening for an international trade; they will export sunshine to Iceland in exchange for some natural Icelandic cooling during the long hot days of a Spanish summer.

The exact details of how this will work are not fully known yet, but seem to be centered on the production of cucumbers.

"It was while I was reading Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift that I got the idea," said Francisco, the elder of the two Spanish brothers.

"There's a bit in there where a man in a laboratory is extracting sunshine from cucumbers. I mean, I just screamed, 'ole' in delight!"

His brother, Manuel, seems less enthusiastic about the project.

"It seems good on paper, but the extraction bit is still a bit shaky." Asked why this was, he replied, "Well, we know that sunshine goes into the budding cucumber to make it grow, but getting it back out again is proving to be a bit of a bugger!"

Meanwhile Arne Holmskøns of Reykjavík is working on an affordable method of transporting the cool Icelandic climate to Spain in time for next summer.

"It's just fine when we leave Iceland with the weather all wrapped up, but the nearer we get to Spain, the warmer it gets. It seems to mix with the Spanish weather and adopt most of its characteristics." Asked if there was any hope that the venture would succeed he said, "Actually, we're thinking that a home exchange might be cheaper and easier."

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