The Árneshreppur municipality in the Strandir region in the northeastern part of the West Fjords peninsula is one of the remotest and most scarcely inhabited municipalities in Iceland, which is why the community celebrated the birth of a new baby.
From Árneshreppur. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.
The baby girl, who was born to the local principal Elín Agla Briem and her husband Hrafn Jökulsson on May 20, pushes the number of inhabitants above 50, Morgunbladid reports.
If Árneshreppur has any fewer residents than that, it loses its independence and has to merge with the neighboring Strandabyggd.
The municipality has another reason to celebrate because next fall a new student will enroll to the local elementary school, increasing the number of students by 50 percent, from two to three.
“The young people are full of ideas and the future is theirs. We can only be positive and optimistic,” said Oddný Thórdardóttir, who chairs the Árneshreppur district council.
For a while last year it looked as if Árneshreppur would lose its independence.