News station NFS report that the number of foreign citizens living in Iceland has tripled over the past decade.
NFS cites the latest figures from Statistics Iceland, Hagstofa Íslands, dated December 31, 2005.
At that time, approximately 14 thousand foreigners from one hundred and twenty countries were living in Iceland or 4,6% of the population, up by 1% from 2004. This is quite comparable with the number of foreigners living in Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
The largest contingents are from Poland, Denmark, Germany and the Philippines.
Inside Iceland, the largest proportion of foreigners is found in the eastern part of Iceland where approximately 18% of the population is foreign. The statistics also show a net migration of Icelanders away from eastern Iceland.