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North Iceland Village Sees Population Increase

Unlike the development of most other small-town communities outside the capital region, the inhabitants of Grenivík in Grýtubakkahreppur, Northeast Iceland, have increased by 17 in the past two years, a 5 percent increase in 2011 and 2012.

akureyri-view_goAkureyri, the region’s largest town. Photo by Geir Ólafsson.

This makes a big difference for the community, whose inhabitants number 250 in the village and 350 in the entire Grýtubakkahreppur district, reports.

Guðný Sverrisdóttir, who chairs the district council, discussed the development on RÚV’s radio program Síðdegisútvarpið last week, welcoming the influx of inhabitants, especially families with young children.

Many of the newcomers are originally from Grenivík and have decided to move back home but others have no roots in the community.

Guðný attributes the village’s popularity to employment being readily available, good service and close proximity to the region’s largest town, Akureyri, which can be reached in 30 minutes by car.


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