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Icelandic Population Grows, Appraoches 320,000

The Icelandic population numbered 318,452 individuals on January 1, 2011, up from 317,630 on January 1 the year prior, which is an increase of 0.3 percent, as stated on the website of Statistics Iceland.


From the protests in November 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

However, the population declined in five regions, mostly in the West Fjords which lost 3.1 percent of its population in 2010. Three regions experienced a population increase;

the capital region gained the most where the population increased by 1,434 persons, or 0.7 percent.

In other statistics, the number of municipalities in Iceland on January, 1 2011 was 76, down by one in 2010 due to the merging of two small municipalities in the northeastern region. Five municipalities have fewer than 100 inhabitants and 43 have fewer than 1,000 inhabitants.

The dependency ratio was 68.1 percent on January 1, 2011, a slight increase from the previous year when it was 67.8 percent. The dependency ratio is calculated as the ratio of the young and old to the working age population of 20-64 years of age.

The number of nuclear families, i.e. couples with or without children under 18 years or parents with children under 18 years, was 77,370 on January 1, 2011, compared with 77,227 families in 2010.

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