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New ‘Incest App’ Warns Icelanders if They’re Related

College students create app to win contest, head off awkwardness


AppsA group of young people in Iceland have developed an app that allows people to know if they’re dating a relative.

The developers — students at the University of Reykjavik — created the Android app for a contest, NBC News reports.

Genealogy is very popular in Iceland. The app uses the Islendingabok database — a national registry of family trees in Iceland — to alert people if they’re considering going out with someone who shares a grandparent. All the users need to do is tap phones and, if there’s too close a relation, the app alerts them.

Iceland is a small country with strong family ties. “On average if you pick two people on the street at random you will find they are related 6 or 7 generations back,” Friorik Skulason, the original developer of the database, told NBC News.

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