The number of pairs who have come to Iceland seeking artificial insemination has grown significantly, in part due to affordability, and the expertise of Icelandic doctors performing the procedure.
The company Art Medica takes care of almost all artificial inseminations in Iceland. Þórður Óskarsson, a specialist at the center, told Vísir that since the bank collapse, the demand from foreign couples to have the procedure done in Iceland has increased so much that the waiting list is now at five months.
In all, Art Medica performs about five hundred and fifty artificial inseminations each year. In the past two years, the number of foreign couples has increased from ten or fifteen per year up to fifty to sixty. Most of these couples come from Norway, Denmark and the Faeroe Islands.
About 4,000 children have been born in Iceland due to artificial insemination since the practice began in 1991.