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Grímsey and Akureyri Merge into One Municipality

The merger between the municipalities of Grímsey, Iceland’s northernmost inhabited island, and Akureyri, the largest town in north Iceland, was accepted with a vote that took place alongside Saturday’s parliamentary elections.

From central Akureyri. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Residents of both municipalities voted on the merger separately and it was approved by 69 percent of voters in Akureyri and 88 percent of voters in Grímsey, Fréttabladid reports.

Akureyri has approximately 17,500 inhabitants but only around 90 people live in Grímsey. In the island’s heyday, it had a population of 120.

Click here to read more about Akureyri and here to read more about Grímsey.

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