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Development of Old Military Base Successful

According to a recent opinion poll by Capacent Gallup, students who reside on Vallarheidi outside Keflavík, where the US Naval Air Station was located, are generally satisfied with their apartments and the development in the area.

As many as 87.4 percent of inhabitants who participated in the poll said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Vallarheidi as their residence and 92.5 percent of participants believed development of the area had been successful.

When the US military left Vallarheidi in fall 2006, the area was taken over by the Keflavík Airport Development Corporation (KADECO), which turned their facilities into the largest campus in Iceland.

The area has almost 2,000 inhabitants and has thus become almost as populous as the Dalvík municipality in northeast Iceland.

Vallarheidi has also become the home to various companies and institutions, including Keilir – Atlantic Center of Excellence. Eighty-five students graduated after the first year, from a so-called “University Bridge” program, which equips them with the qualifications necessary to apply for university.

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