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Number of Icelandic Residents Nearing 400,000

By Ragnar Tómas

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The number of Icelandic residents increased by 2,570 in the fourth quarter of last year, Vísir reports. The increase means that a total of 387,800 people were living in Iceland at the end of 2022.

Most Icelanders emigrated to Denmark

According to a press release from Statistics Iceland, a total of 387,800 people were living in Iceland at the end of the fourth quarter of 2022 (an increase of 2,570): “199,840 men, 187,840 women, and 130 were transgender/other.” Of these 387,800 people, 247,590 people were residing in the capital area, compared to 140,210 in the rest of the country.

The press release also notes that during the fourth quarter of 2022, “1,040 children were born and 650 people died. At the same time, 2,110 more people immigrated to the country than emigrated; Icelandic citizens who emigrated from the country exceeded the number of citizens who returned to the country by 60. Meanwhile, foreign citizens who immigrated to Iceland were 2,170 more numerous than those who emigrated from the country. More men than women emigrated from the country,” the announcement states.

Most of the Icelandic citizens who emigrated left for Denmark, or 110 people during the quarter in question. “230 Icelandic citizens moved to Denmark, Norway, and Sweden out of a total of 430. Of the 1,150 foreign nationals who left the country, most, or 340 people, went to Poland.”

Similarly, most of the Icelandic citizens who returned to Iceland arrived from Denmark, or 140. Forty people arrived from Norway and 70 from Sweden. Most of the foreign nationals who immigrated to Iceland arrived from Poland, or 720 out of a total of 3,320 foreign immigrants. The second most numerous group of foreign nationals immigrating to Iceland originated from Ukraine, or 580. Foreign citizens were 65,090 or 16.8% of the total population.

A population projection from Statistics Iceland predicts that Iceland’s population will be 461,000 in 2069.

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