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Workers from new EU states flock to Iceland

By Iceland Review

Of the Nordic countries, Iceland has on average received the greatest number of workers from new EU member states in the past two years. This was among the findings presented at an international conference under the auspices of the Icelandic Directorate of Labour. Fréttabladid reports.

In total, Norway has received the greatest number of foreign workers, or almost 42,000 people from the new member states, and has renewed over 27,000 work permits. Sweden and Denmark both received some 10,000 workers, Iceland around 5,800 and Finland a little more than that. Iceland renewed some 2,700 work permits.

On a per capita basis, this means that some two percent of the Icelandic population is from new EU member states. In Norway this average is nearly one percent, with the percentage in other nations considerably lower.

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