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Half of Immigrants Satisfied Living in Iceland

In a recent survey conducted among almost 800 immigrants in Iceland, more than 50 percent of respondents said they were rather or very satisfied with their lives in Iceland.

From the Festival of the Nations in 2007. The Bulgarian booth. Photo by Zoë Robert.

However, just as many respondents found it rather or very difficult to learn Icelandic. Most respondents said that they found Icelandic difficult because it is so different from their native languages, Morgunbladid reports.

Approximately 25 percent of respondents had never been to an Icelandic language course and only 18 percent of respondents had attended a course where Icelandic was taught in their respective native languages.

The survey also concluded that lack of Icelandic language skills was the main factor preventing people from making full use of their education in the employment market.

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