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Population trivia from the second quarter

Here we have some population stats from the third quarter of this year that some of you may find interesting.*

At the end of the third quarter of this year, precisely 318,200 people resided in Iceland. This is 300 more than at the end of the second quarter. There were 160,000 men and 158,200 women. Foreign citizens numbered 21,500. A total of 201,900 people lived in the Greater Reykjavík Area.

A total of 1,300 children were born during the second quarter, while 490 people died. In that same period, 510 more people moved away from than to Iceland. Most Icelandic nationals who moved away went to Denmark. Of the 1,900 Icelanders who moved away during the second quarter, 650 moved to Denmark and 540 to Norway. The greatest number of foreign nationals who moved away went to Poland, or 230 of 640 in total.

* shamelessly filched from RÚV.



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  • Dorothy Gale October 15, 2010, 5:03 pm

    That’s highly unusual. In the world at large, there are more men than women at birth, but because of more risky behaviors on the part of men early in life, overall there are more women than men. Look up
    for instance, in which blue = more women. The red in Saudi Arabia and China have more to do with the number of teenage and younger girls that are killed for cultural reasons.

  • Sigvaldi Eggertsson October 15, 2010, 11:26 pm

    Dorothy, the longevity of Icelandic males has risen rapidly during the last few decades while women are taking more risks.
    The gap between the life expectancies of men and women in Iceland was almost 9 years in the early 80´s (71 vs 80) when Icelandic women reached the top of the rankings, but has now shrunk to 4 years (79 vs 83)
    There were also more men than women among the immigrants in the last couple of decades (a large percentace of them came to work in costruction etc.)

  • Mike Richards October 16, 2010, 12:18 am

    A quick question – which are the largest immigrant populations in Iceland? After reading Alda’s (excellent) book, was surprised by the range of nationalities brought to Iceland by the boom.

    BTW. Arrived today in Reykjavik and Alda’s Indian Summer has well and truly ended. The two may not be unconnected, I’m beginning to suspect I’m a part time rain god.

  • alda October 16, 2010, 1:15 am

    Welcome to Iceland, Mike! And make sure you take the rain with you when you go. 😉

    As for your question, the largest immigrant population in Iceland is the Poles. Hence those stats, no doubt.

  • idunn October 16, 2010, 6:55 am

    If relatively small, the population of Iceland is mirroring that of the larger world, in growing exponentially. According to Wikipedia Iceland’s population remained fairly steady at about 40 to 60,000 from initial settlement to 1850.[1] Since then it has climbed rapidly, having more than doubled in 100 years, to about 144,000[2] In but 60 years more having more than doubled again. You’ll note the two sources I cite differ in exact population figures, and one actually predicting a decrease from today’s population by 2050, but with Wikipedia predicting a continuation of the rapid increase, to a total of 408,835.

    Of the two estimates I tend to believe the former, or decrease. This because the radical increase in global population beginning in 1750, really heightened beginning with increased industrialization from 1850, especially with the advent of oil. A global population predicted to reach 9 billion by 2050 will likely never be realized because the paradigm it is based upon will no longer exist. The same reality will apply to Iceland.

    1) ‘Iceland,’ Wikipedia

    2) ‘Iceland: historical demographical data of the whole country,’ populstat

  • PeterRRRRR October 16, 2010, 11:20 am

    @Dorothy – Actually, using these numbers, and the links you provided, Iceland’s male/female ratio is 1.01, which exactly matches the World Average. So not unusual in any way. Personally, whenever I’ve visited, seems like there are more women than men, but maybe that’s just because, well, let’s just say “wishful thinking,” on my part.