Foreign Citizens 13.4 Percent of Iceland’s Population

Vala Hafstað

At the end of September, the population of Iceland was 362,860 – 186,220 men and 176,640 women, mbl.is reports. Of those, 48,640 were foreign citizens, or 13.4 percent of the total population. There were 232,070 people living in the capital area and 130,790 outside it.

During the third quarter of the year, the country’s population increased by 2,470 from the previous quarter. There were 1,250 babies born, and 540 people who died. At the same time, the number of people who moved to the country exceeded that of those who moved away by 1,560. The number of Icelandic citizens who moved abroad exceeded that of those who moved to Iceland by 210. By contrast, the number of foreign citizens who moved to Iceland exceeded that of those who moved away from Iceland by 1,770.

Most Icelandic citizens who moved abroad during the third quarter left for Denmark, or 500 people. Out of the 1,150 Icelandic citizens who moved abroad, 880 moved to Denmark, Norway or Sweden. Of the 1,280 foreign citizens who moved abroad, most, or 370, left for Poland.

Most Icelandic citizens who moved to Iceland came from Denmark (310), Norway (140) and Sweden (210), or a total of 670 out of 950 people. Most foreign citizens who moved to Iceland came from Poland, or 790 out of 3,050. Second most numerous were people who came from Lithuania, or 250.

For more information, visit Statistics Iceland

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