During the first nine months of this year 6,762 people emigrated from Iceland, approximately half of whom, 3,475 people, are Icelandic citizens, according to information from Creditinfo.
Containers being transported out of the country, perhaps filled with household things. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The number of emigrants is expected to reach 9,000 by the end of 2009, assuming the situation doesn’t change. Then, as many people will have moved away from Iceland as in 2008. However, last year, fewer Icelandic citizens were in the group of emigrants, Morgunbladid reports.
Most Icelandic citizens are moving to Denmark, Norway and Sweden; 1,042 Icelanders have already moved to Norway this year compared to 278 in the entire year of 2008. During the first nine months of 2009, the increase in Icelanders moving to Norway measured 275 percent.
Creditinfo measures visible derivatives of the economic crisis.
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