Since the economic crisis hit Iceland last fall, mass emigration has often been reported on in the local media. However, during the first half of 2009, 1,131 Icelandic citizens moved to Iceland from foreign countries—a similar number as the year prior.
Containers, such as used to transport household things between countries. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
“Iceland was simply more tempting,” actor Sindri Birgisson told Morgunbladid. He moved back to Iceland in summer 2009 after five years in Denmark with his wife Aldís Pálsdóttir and their daughter Magnea.
Birgisson said he senses positive changes that have taken place in Icelandic society and describes the atmosphere as more natural and less exaggerated than before the crisis. “People are somehow humbler, more down-to-earth.”
Birgisson first moved to Copenhagen in 2004 to study acting and decided to stay there after completing his studies. Now he and his family thought it was time to go back and decided to move after Birgisson was offered a contract with the National Theater.
“I do fear that things will continue to worsen and that the full impact of the crisis has yet to unfold. But there are hopefully opportunities in a crisis like at any other points in time,” Birgisson said, adding, “Denmark was also struck by a crisis, although everyone didn’t go bust there.”
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