Iceland Surpasses The 350,000 Population Mark - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Iceland Surpasses The 350,000 Population Mark

Published May 2, 2018

Photos by
Ben Gruber

Iceland has at long last surpassed the 350,000 mark, 12 years after passing the 300,000 mark.

According to the latest figures from Statistics Iceland, 350,710 people were counted as living in Iceland at the end of the first quarter of 2018, comprised of 178,980 men and 171,730 women (further debunking the widely-spread rumour that Iceland has a shortage of men).

970 Icelanders were born in the first quarter of 2018, while 600 died. During this same period, 1,740 more people moved to Iceland than moved away from it.

This trend is in keeping with how the population has been changing in recent years: births are in decline, the general population is getting older, and more immigrants are making Iceland their home.

As a point of interest, Iceland reached the 300,000 mark just over 12 years ago; on January 10th 2006, to be exact, when a boy was born to Erla María Andrésdóttir and Haraldur Arnarson in Reykjavík.

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