‘Don’t tell anyone you’re a dentist!’

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After Iceland’s brilliant and record-breaking performances in the Euro Championships in France this month, some have noticed that Heimir Hallgrímsson, Iceland’s national team co-manager is a dentist. His office is in Heimaey, a small town in the remote Vestmannaeyjar islands. A dental education never hurt anyone. Heimir Hallgrímsson – a proud dentist. Hallgrímsson, who will be solo manager after Euro 2016, says that dentistry is his main job in Iceland, rather than being a football coach. When he was working for his professional license in the UK, people said, ‘Don’t tell anyone you’re a dentist!’  While he admits it’s an unusual combination, he is fiercely proud of his dental education and profession, as well as his recent success as a football coach.

A dental education never hurt anyone: Heimir Hallgrímsson is proud of being a dental professional.
A dental education never hurt anyone: Heimir Hallgrímsson is proud of being a dental professional.

A celebrated dentist and coach

Of course, bars across Iceland were full on Monday, to watch the national team’s 2-1 shock victory over England. The next day, a local brewery announced they are producing a new beer in Hallgrímsson’s honour, which they describe as ‘blond, sweet and joy-full, just like our coach’.

Before Hallgrímsson’s coaching success, the Vestmannaeyjar Isles where best known for being the home of the world’s largest puffin colony, numbering around 10 million birds. They were also known because of Surtsey, a new volcanic island that rose from the waves in the 1960s. Volcanoes have also troubled the islands’ inhabitants. 60% of the houses in Heimaey were destroyed or damaged by an eruption in 1973. Dentistry news from Euro Championships. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrímsson is a dentist and runs a dental office in Heimaey in Iceland. He is proud of being a dentist – and of his dental education and office. Coach Heimir Hallgrímsson is a dentist and is proud of his education in dentistry. A dental education doesn’t hurt anyone. Heimir Hallgrímsson is proud of being a dentist and a coach.



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