New Population Data On Iceland

New Population Data On Iceland

1939803_10203029542477066_2004537775_n_opt
Photos by
Frikki

Published October 13, 2015

Iceland’s population increased by 1% since last year, and about 12% of those living here come from abroad, Statistics Iceland reveals in a new report.

According to the report, released yesterday, the current population of Iceland is 329,100, up by 1% (3,429 people, to be exact) from last year. The largest municipality remains Reykjavík, where 121,822 people live, while the smallest is Helgafellssveit, in Snæfellsnes, which is home to 53 people.

Population trends amongst Iceland’s municipalities show a continuing pattern of Icelanders leaving some regions of the countryside for the capital area, while those Icelanders still living in these regions are significantly older than elsewhere. Three regions in particular – the Westfjords, the northwest and the east – have shown negative population variations over the past 10 years, while the capital area and the southwest have seen significant upswings. At the same time, the largest age demographic in the capital region is 20 to 29 years of age, while in the Westfjords, the greatest portion is comprised of those aged 50 to 59.

Gender proportions nationally were almost completely even, with 1,007 men for every 1,000 women. Regionally, though, things varied greatly: in Reykjavík, there are 985 men for every 1,000 women, but in the countryside the ratio is 1,129 men for every 1,000 women.

Icelandic residents who hail from abroad numbered 24,294 in January 2015. Of these, Poles were the most numerous – 11,073 people (45.6% of all foreign residents) living in Iceland came from Poland. In total, 39,223 people living in Iceland were born overseas, comprising 12% of the total population of the country.


News
Fears “Vape Law” Could Create Black Market For Vaping Oil

Fears “Vape Law” Could Create Black Market For Vaping Oil

by

A proposal that would put a number of regulations on the sale and use of e-cigarettes is poorly thought-out, and

News
Fisherman’s Strike Ends: “We Had A Gun To Our Heads”, Says Union Leader

Fisherman’s Strike Ends: “We Had A Gun To Our Heads”, Says Union Leader

by

The strike that went on for about two months has finally drawn to a close, but one union official says

News
Beached Whale(?) Washes Up In Snæfellsnes

Beached Whale(?) Washes Up In Snæfellsnes

by

A creature that appears to be a whale was spotted on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes last Saturday. Rúna Björg

News
“Keeping Up With The Kattarshians” A Great Success

“Keeping Up With The Kattarshians” A Great Success

by

Thousands of Icelanders are watching a livestream of four siblings – who happen to be kittens – living together in

News
Despite Losses, Minke Whale Quota To Increase This Year

Despite Losses, Minke Whale Quota To Increase This Year

by

Tourism is reportedly driving up the demand for minke whale meat to such an extent that this year’s quota will

News
Ricky Gervais Coming To Iceland

Ricky Gervais Coming To Iceland

by

Writer, actor and comedian Ricky Gervais (seen above, right) will be coming to Iceland to perform stand up in April.

Show Me More!