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10-Year Record in Number of Births in Iceland

By Yelena

Photo: Golli. Strollers in a Reykjavík park.

More babies were born in Iceland in the third quarter of 2021 than in any other quarter over the past ten years. A total of 1,310 children were born while 580 people died from July through September, and the population increased by 3,260 from the previous quarter to a total of 374,830. The figures come from Statistics Iceland.

Net migration during the third quarter was 2,530 people. Net migration for Icelandic citizens was 340 while it was 2,190 for foreign citizens. Immigrants of Icelandic citizenship during this period came mostly from Denmark, Norway, or Sweden (600 out of 900), while most immigrants of foreign nationality came from Poland (720 out of 3,200). Romania came second with 230 immigrants. Foreign citizens were 54,140 (14.4% of the total population) by the end of the third quarter.

The largest group of foreign citizens that emigrated from Iceland during the third quarter went to Poland (350 out of 1,000) while Sweden was the most popular destination for Icelandic citizens emigrating (190 out of 560). Denmark and Norway were also popular destinations for Icelandic citizens moving abroad.

Inhabitants in the Reykjavík capital region numbered 240,000 while 134,780 lived in other regions in the third quarter.

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