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Iceland Faces Population Decrease

The number of inhabitants in Iceland has dropped by 1,240 in one year, or by 0.4 percent, according to Statistics Iceland. On July 1, 2010, there were 318,006 people living in the country compared to 319,246 one year earlier.

From the protests in the autumn of 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

According to, this is the most significant decrease in population in Iceland in 22 years.

Between July 1 last year and this year, all regions in Iceland suffered a population decrease apart from northeast Iceland where inhabitants increased by 103, or 0.4 percent, as stated on the website of Statistics Iceland.

The most significant decrease in population, 1.6 percent, was registered in the Sudurnes region in southwest Iceland, followed closely by the West Fjords where the number of inhabitants dropped by 1.5 percent.

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Currently 63.3 percent of the nation lives in the capital region, although inhabitants there decreased by 248, or 0.1 percent, between years.

When single areas within the capital region are looked at, Reykjavík lost the most inhabitants, 533, followed by Hafnarfjördur, from which 172 people moved during the period in question, and Kópavogur, losing 151 of its inhabitants between years.

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