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Iceland’s Population Grew by 3 Percent in 2017

Iceland’s population grew by 10,101 in 2017, according to a new report from Statistics Iceland. The total population on 1 January 2018 was 348,450, a 3 percent rise from the previous year. The highest rate of population growth was in the Reykjanes peninsula, which grew by 1,777 people or 7.4 percent. The Reykjavík capital region experienced a population growth of 2.6 percent (5,606 persons). No regions of the country experienced population decline.

Among Iceland’s 74 municipalities, seven had fewer than 100 inhabitants, while 40 had under 1,000. Only nine municipalities had over 5,000 inhabitants.

The number of men increased by 3.8 percent, while the number of women increased by 2.1 percent. Of the 82,102 nuclear families in the country, 39.8 percent are married couples without children while 27.3 percent are married couples with children.

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