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Slight Population Increase in Iceland in Q3

Iceland’s population increased by 500 to 320,660, 160,870 males and 159,790 females, in the third quarter of 2012. Residents of the greater capital area numbered 204,630.

nautholsvik_people_pkReykjavík city residents enjoy Nauthólsvík hot tubs and geothermal beach.

Photo by Páll Kjartansson.

According to the latest data from Statistics Iceland, foreign citizens made up 20,820 of the total population in Q3 while net migration was -280 individuals, -590 persons with Icelandic citizenship and 300 for foreign citizens.

The majority of Icelandic citizens moved to Denmark, or 550 individuals. Of a total of 1,790 Icelandic citizens, 1,440 emigrated to Denmark, Norway and Sweden. The largest group of foreign citizens who emigrated during the third quarter, or 120 of 470 individuals, moved to Poland.

The highest proportion of immigrants with Icelandic citizenship came from Denmark, Norway and Sweden. Seven hundred and seventy foreign citizens moved to Iceland, 180 of whom came from Poland. Citizens of the United States came second with 60 individuals.

A higher number of females than males emigrated.


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