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One Million Farm Animals in Iceland

By Iceland Review

There are a total of 991,258 farm animals in Iceland, according to a recent report in weekly Bændablaðið. Sheep are the most common with 476,262 at 2,677 sheep farms. The municipality with the largest number is Borgarbyggð, West Iceland, with 34,744 sheep.

rooster_chickens_psPhoto: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.

Poultry make up the second largest group of farm animals with 322,021. Incidentally, the same number of homo sapiens live in Iceland, meaning one per person at 427 farms. Reykjavík has the highest number with 66,287.

Horses are the third largest group with 77,380 on 2,704 farms. Skagafjörður in North Iceland tops the list with 6,892.

Cattle are next with 71,513 at 892 farms. Rangárþing, South Iceland, has the highest number, followed by Eyjafjarðarsveit near Akureyri, North Iceland.

Number five on the list is fur bearing animals such as minks and foxes, which number 40,439 at 44 farms. Again, Skagafjörður tops the list with 16,376 animals.

Lastly, pigs number just 3,643 at 20 farms with the capital being home to the most, a total of 816.

Farms in Iceland are commonly home to more than one type of animal.


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