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Icelandic Population Increased by 2% Last Year

Iceland had a total population of 364,134 last year, marking a 2% increase in population in one year. This is among the findings of new data published by Statistics Iceland on Friday.

There is a reasonably even split of men (186,941) and women (177,193) in the country, although the number of men increased a little more (2.2%) than the number of women (1.7%). Data was not available on the number of nonbinary people in Iceland as of January 1. (Icelanders passed the Gender Autonomy Act in June 2019, giving individuals the right to change their official gender according to their lived experience and register as neither male nor female).

The population increased all over the country, but the biggest proportional increase was in South Iceland—3.9% or 1,053 people. Not unexpectedly, the capital region saw a significant increase: 2.1% (4,803 persons). The Westfjords had the smallest increase in population, growing by 52 inhabitants over the whole region.

Ten out of 72 municipalities in Iceland now have more than 5,000 inhabitants. Seven municipalities had fewer than 100 residents; 39 had fewer than 1,000.

Last year also saw a jump in the number of nuclear families in Iceland, defined as “couples with or without children under the age of 18 years or single parents with children under 18 years.” As of January 1, 2020, there were 84,668 in Iceland, versus 83,358 the year before.

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