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Population Increases in Iceland

Inhabitants with a legal domicile in Iceland totaled 318,236 on December 1, 2010, according to Statistics Iceland, and have increased by 643 since December 1 last year, or by 0.2 percent.


From the protests in Reykjavík in November 2008. Copyright: Icelandic Photo Agency.

Inhabitants in the capital region increased by 0.7 percent and by 0.3 percent in northeast Iceland. However, in other regions inhabitants decreased, most significantly in the West Fjords where their number dropped by 3.2 percent, ruv.is reports.

In the Sudurnes region in southwest Iceland there was a population decrease by 1.4 percent and by 1.2 percent in east Iceland. In other regions the decrease was insignificant.

On December 1, 2010, approximately 202,000 people lived in the capital region, 118,000 thereof in Reykjavík. Kópavogur is inhabited by more than 30,000 people and Hafnarfjördur has a population of nearly 26,000.

The largest municipality outside the capital region is Akureyri in north Iceland with approximately 17,500 inhabitants.

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