Iceland's Population Increases - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland’s Population Increases

Published July 18, 2012

Accounting for deaths and migration, Iceland’s population increased by 100 in the second quarter of 2012.
RÚV cites Statistics Iceland for the raw data on the matter. According to them, the population of Iceland at the end of the 2nd quarter 2012 was 320,160, comprised of 160,600 males and 159,560 females. Foreigners represent some 20,570 people, and the population of the capital region is now 203,970.
While 1,160 children were born in the second quarter, 440 people died, and 610 people left the country. The demographic breakdown of immigrants to Iceland also showed a surprising data point – Americans were the second largest non-Icelandic nationality to immigrate to Iceland:

Norway was the most popular destination for Icelandic citizens with 340 persons emigrating in the quarter. A total of 610 Icelandic citizens emigrated to Denmark, Norway or Sweden, out of 870. Of the 910 foreign citizens who emigrated, the largest group (350 persons) went to Poland.
Immigrants of Icelandic citizenship came mostly from Denmark, Norway or Sweden, 430 out of 650, while Poland was the country of origin for most of the foreign immigrants, 170 out of 530. The United States came second with 35 immigrants.

The population trend marks a recovery for Iceland’s population, as 2011 saw growth slow down significantly, due to negative net migration, to 0.4%. Taken over the past five years, the annual growth rate has been 1.2%

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