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Icelanders Could Number Half a Million in 50 Years

By Iceland Review

The Icelandic population could reach 498,000 in 2061 if the census forecast of Statistics Iceland, published last month, is correct. Four factors are taken into account: the current number of Icelanders, migration predictions, and fatality and fertility rate estimations.


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The census forecast allows for divergence. Statistic Iceland’s estimates that population figures will range from a low of 393,000, to a medium of 436,000 and a high of 498,000, Fréttablaðið reports.

The age pattern of the population is expected to change significantly in the period from 2012 to 2061; it is assumed that the percentage of people aged 65 and older will increase while the number of younger people will drop in comparison.

Iceland currently has a population of approximately 320,000 people.


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