How big is Iceland?

Photo: Árni Sæberg

Photo: Árni Sæberg

Ever wondered how big Iceland is? A quick internet search will tell you the total area of the country is 103,000 km2 (approx. 40,000 square miles), but what does this mean in context?

Well, as can be seen from the maps below, Iceland fits easily within the state borders of Colorado, USA. Alternatively, it is comparable in size to the area of Wales and central and southern England combined.

Iceland / USA

Iceland / USA

Iceland / UK

Iceland / UK

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Almost all of Iceland’s inhabited areas are located in coastal parts around the country.

With a population of just 330,000, Iceland is one of the least densely populated nations on the planet, with just over 3 inhabitants/km2.

By way of contrast, another island nation with a similar population to Iceland – the Bahamas – currently has a population density of over 25 inhabitants/km2

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