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Iceland’s Northern Capital in Rapid Growth

The inhabitants of Akureyri (pop. 17,000), the largest settlement outside the capital region and Iceland’s northern capital, have shown record population growth this year, up by 360 citizens not including mergers with other municipalities.

Mayor of Akureyri Sigrún Björk Jakobsdóttir said she is pleased with the news, reports.

The previous growth record was set in 1977, when the townspeople grew by 344 in one year. The year before, new Akureyri residents numbered 329.

When mergers with other municipalities are included, the Akureyri population grew fastest in 1955 when the 590 inhabitants of Glerárthorp on the other side of Glerá river were welcomed to the municipality.

In 2004, Akureyri inhabitants increased by 402 due to the merger with Hrísey island.

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