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Slight Population Increase in Iceland

The population of Iceland was 319,560, 160,360 males and 159,200 females, at the end of the fourth quarter 2011. The population increased by 470 from the previous quarter.


Archive photo by Geir Ólafsson.

Foreign citizens were 20,930 by the end of the fourth quarter 2011. Inhabitants of the capital region were 203,570, as stated on the website of Statistics Iceland.

A total of 1,020 children were born in the fourth quarter and 500 persons passed away. Net migration was -70 persons. Net migration of persons with Icelandic citizenship was -15 and -50 for foreign citizens. More men than women emigrated.

Norway was the most popular destination for Icelandic citizens with 240 persons emigrating in the quarter.

A total of 370 Icelandic citizens out of 620 emigrated to Denmark, Norway or Sweden. Of the 720 foreign citizens who emigrated, the largest group (210 persons) went to Poland.

Immigrants of Icelandic citizenship came mostly from Denmark, Norway or Sweden, 450 out of 610, while Poland was the country of origin of most foreign immigrants, 260 out of 660. Lithuania came second with 40 immigrants.

Click here to read more about migration trends.


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