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Reykjavík Still a “Young” City

By Andie Sophia Fontaine

Reykjavík drone
Photo: Art Bicnick.

According to the latest data sets from the City of Reykjavík, most residents of Iceland’s capital are relatively young, and the vast majority are employed.

Teenage neighbourhoods

In all, about 137,000 people live in Reykjavík, which is organsied by numerous neighbourhoods. The neighbourhood with the highest percentage of those aged 0 to 19 is Grafarholt, with nearly a third of residents of that neighbourhood in this age group.

Reykjavík residents in the ages of 20 through 39 are most likely to be found in downtown Reykjavík, Vesturbær, and Hlíðar, with this age group comprising the lion’s share of all downtown residents.

Taken together, the largest share of Reykjavík residents are aged 39 and younger, with 20- to 39-year-olds comprising the largest age group in the city.

Other relevant figures

In addition, the number of nonbinary people in Reykjavík who are registered as such has doubled from 2022 to 2023, from 40 to 80. As covered in the latest episode of Iceland News Review, a law passed by Parliament in 2019 introduced sweeping reforms in the rights of trans people, and included a provision that nonbinary people could register in the National Registry with X, instead of either M or F. This part of the law went into effect in 2021.

Reykjavík residents aged 25 through 64 are also well employed. 89.8% of men and 82.7% of women are actively working, although women comprise a larger share of part-time workers than men, at 22.2% to 8.1% respectively.

The full data sets (in Icelandic) can be found on the home page of the City of Reykjavík.

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