Wednesday - 18 April 2012
No. 74/2012

The population increased by 500 in the 1st quarter

The population of Iceland at the end of the 1st quarter 2012 was 320,060, 160,610 males and 159,450 females. The population increased by 500 from the previous quarter. Foreign citizens were 20,950 by the end of the 1st quarter 2012. Inhabitants of the capital region were 203,970.

A total of 1,060 children were born in the 1st quarter and 560 persons died. Net migration was 10 persons. Net migration of persons with Icelandic citizenship was -130, and 140 for foreign citizens. More males than females emigrated.

Norway was the most popular destination for Icelandic citizens with 270 persons emigrating in the 1st quarter. A total of 540 Icelandic citizens emigrated to Denmark, Norway or Sweden, out of 770. Of the 450 foreign citizens who emigrated, the largest group (150 persons) went to Poland.

Immigrants of Icelandic citizenship came mostly from Denmark, Norway or Sweden, 490 out of 640, while Poland was the country of origin for most of the foreign immigrants, 180 out of 600. The United States came second with 35 immigrants.

Population, births, deaths and migration in the 1st quarter 2012    
  Total Males Females
Population at the end of the quarter 320,060 160,610 159,450
Population at the start of the quarter 319,560 160,360 159,200
Change 500 250 250
Births 1,060 580 490
Deaths 560 280 280
Net migration 10 -30 40
Immigration 1,240 630 600
Emigration 1,230 670 560
All numbers are rounded. When greater than 50 to the next 10 and to the next 5 when 50 or less. Due to the rounding, figures may not add up to totals and subtotals. 


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For further information please contact the Demography and census unit, tel. +354 528 1030.


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