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Fatal accidents hit record low

In 2005, 31 people died in accidents in Iceland according to the rescue organization Landsbjörg. Landsbjörg says this is the fewest fatalities since 1941 when comprehensive statistics were first compiled.

As usual, most accidental deaths were traffic related, 19 people died in 16 accidents in 2005. Four fatalities were work related, which is unusually high.

Landsbjörg and its predecessors have collected statistics on fatal accident since 1928, initially only drownings and accidents at sea. Since 1941, statistics have included accidents on land as well.

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