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Icelandic population in rapid growth

By Iceland Review

The population in Iceland has increased at a more rapid rate in one year, between December 1, 2005 and December 1, 2006, than in any other European country.

On December 1, 2006, there were 307,261 residents in Iceland, an increase of 2.6 percent in one year, or 7,857 people. The year before the increase in population was 2.1 percent. Fréttabladid reports.

In other European countries the average population growth rate is 0.2 percent; the growth rate is higher than one percent in only a few countries.

There are two explanations for this rapid growth. From December 1 2005, to December 1 2006, 5,000 more people moved to Iceland than from Iceland, and during this period there were 2,600 more births than deaths.

Most people who moved to Iceland were foreign citizens. Currently, six percent of inhabitants in Iceland are foreign born.

Residents increased in all parts of the country, except for the Westfjords, where the population decreased by one percent.

In east Iceland, where recently a smelter was built in Reydarfjördur and the dam at Kárahnjúkar is under construction, residents increased by 12 percent. Over 25 percent of the population in east Iceland is foreign born.

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