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Male Residents of Iceland Outnumber Females by 10,000

Iceland’s population grew by 27 inhabitants per day on average in July, August, and September, according to a new report by Statistics Iceland.

At the end of the third quarter, Icelandic residents totalled 362,860 – an increase of 2,470 in just three months. The increase is attributable to a greater number of births than deaths (1,250 children were born whereas 540 individuals passed away in the third quarter) and to a greater number of individuals immigrating to Iceland as opposed to emigrating. Icelandic citizens who moved abroad outnumbered Icelandic citizens returning to Iceland by 220; however, foreign citizens moving to Iceland outnumbered those moving away by 1,770.

The report also indicates that male residents of Iceland outnumber females by approximately 10,000 – 186,220 compared to 176,640. The gap between the genders has widened recently; three months ago, male residents outnumbered females by only 9,000. According to Þorbjörg Magnúsdóttir of Statistics Iceland, the gap may be largely explained by the fact that a greater number of male foreign citizens are working in Iceland as opposed to women.

Denmark was the most popular destination among emigrating Icelanders (500 Icelanders moved to Denmark during the third quarter). Of the 1,150 Icelandic citizens who moved abroad, 880 relocated to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden. At the same time, Poland was the most popular destination among emigrating foreign citizens (a total of 370 out of 1,280).

13.4% of Icelandic inhabitants are foreign citizens or 48,640 in total.

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