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Seven Icelanders Emigrate, Seven Days a Week

By Iceland Review

The latest issue of the Icelandic business magazine Frjáls verslun includes a long investigative feature about the exodus of Icelanders to Norway after the banking collapse in the end of 2008.


Is Norway the promised land? Spring in Oslo. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Since January 1, 2009, 3,500 Icelanders have moved permanently to Norway, which equals seven people every day, seven days a week.

Just over one percent of the Icelandic nation has now moved east across the Norwegian Sea, the route our forefathers came more than a thousand years ago.

According to the article, higher salaries and better job opportunities, especially in the health and construction sectors, are the main reason for people moving to Norway.

This is not the first case of mass emigration from Iceland. Between 1870 and 1900 close to a quarter of the Icelandic population moved, albeit in another direction: to North America, mainly to Manitoba in Canada.

Click here to read about the reverse trend, the continued arrival of immigrants to Iceland.


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