One In Four Icelandic Men Own Guns

Published January 21, 2013

The typical Icelandic gun owner is a male in his 50s who lives in the countryside and votes for the Progressives, according a survey conducted by Fréttablaðið.
The survey, conducted by Fréttablaðið shows that the vast majority of gun owners have about two guns, almost exclusively either hunting rifles or shotguns. Handgun ownership is very rare. According to Gun Policy, 30.3 Icelanders in 100 are gun owners.
Gun ownership is more prevalent amongst men than women. Only 7.3% of Icelandic women said they owned a gun, as opposed to 25.3% of men.
It is also more likely for someone living in the countryside to own a gun than someone living in the capital area, albeit not by much. 17.8% of those living in the countryside and 15.5% of those from the Reykjavík area are gun owners.
The likelihood that an Icelander owns a gun also increases with age. 18,5% of those over the age of 50 own a gun, compared to 14.3% of those aged 18 to 49.
The survey also divided respondents by party affiliation. Supporters of the Progressive Party were the most likely to own a gun, at 31%, while supporters of Björt Framtíð were the least likely, at 14.9%.
“I think [the results] are very close to the case,” Elvar Árni Lund, Director of the Gun Hunting Society of Iceland, told reporters, adding that a rising number of gun owners but a decreasing percentage of hunters shows “that there are simply more types of recreation available than before.”



News
Hallgrímskirkja Will Not Tolerate “Love Locks”

Hallgrímskirkja Will Not Tolerate “Love Locks”

by

Love padlocks will not be tolerated in the church tower of Hallgrímskirkja. On Saturday, Mbl.is reported that the first “love

News
Fitch Revises Iceland’s Outlook to Positive

Fitch Revises Iceland’s Outlook to Positive

by

Fitch Ratings has revised Iceland’s outlook to Positive from Stable and affirmed the IDRs at ‘BBB’ and ‘BBB+’, respectively, reports

News
The Páll Óskar Exhibition Opening Today

The Páll Óskar Exhibition Opening Today

by

An exhibition at the Icelandic Museum of Rock n’ Roll honouring Icelandic pop artist Páll Óskar will open its doors

News
PHOTOS: Fencing at Reykjavík International Games

PHOTOS: Fencing at Reykjavík International Games

by and

The Reykjavík International Games Fencing competition took place on January 24 & 25 at the Fencing Centre in Laugardal. This

News
PHOTOS: Uphill Duel Cycling at Reykjavík International Games

PHOTOS: Uphill Duel Cycling at Reykjavík International Games

by and

The Uphill Duel cycling competition took place on January 23 in downtown Reykjavík. Cyclists duelled each other and the weather

News
PHOTOS: Reykjavík International Games: Gymnastics

PHOTOS: Reykjavík International Games: Gymnastics

by and

The Reykjavík International Games Gymnastics competition took place on January 25 at Laugaból. Competitors dazzled the judges with impressive displays of

Show Me More!