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Foreign worker numbers up by 265 percent in seven years

By Iceland Review

Just over 9,000 foreign citizens were at work on the Icelandic labor market last year, according to Statistics Iceland. This number is up by 5,610 from 1998, when 3,400 foreign citizens were working in Iceland. Morgunbladid and VÍSIR online report.

Women exceeded men in number at the beginning of the period; they were 1,870 in 1998, as opposed to 1,530 men. Last year, the number of male workers was 5,350 in contrast to 3,650 women.

Outside the Greater Reykjavík Area, most foreign nationals work in east Iceland, presumably in connection with the Kárahnjúkavirkjun dam project or the construction of the aluminum smelter in Reydarfjördur. In 2005 there were 4,420 foreign nationals working in the Reykjavík area, and 4,340 outside of Reykjavík.

In 2005, the majority of foreigners working in Iceland were Polish nationals, or 1,970. This was followed by Danish, Filipino, Portuguese and German nationals, with just over 500 from each country.

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