International community grew, but Nordic numbers down

19.05.2020 - 15:17
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 Mynd: Birgir Þór Harðarson
The number of non-Icelandic citizens living in Iceland increased by 1,530 between 1st December and 1st May. The number of Polish people increased most, while the number of people from the other Nordic countries went down slightly. There are now 50,877 foreign nationals living in Iceland.

According to the latest data from Hagstofa Íslands (Statistics Iceland), the number of Poles in Iceland increased by 330 during the five-month period to 21,004, which is 5.7 percent of the total population of Iceland. 

The number of Romanians saw the second-highest increase of 177 people, while there were 132 more Latvians in Iceland this May than last December and 131 more Lithuanians. The number of Portuguese people went up by 45. 

Non-Icelandic citizens make up 13.8 percent of the Icelandic population today, according to Hagstofa Íslands.  

During the five months between 1st December and 1st May, the number of Danes living in Iceland decreased by 3.8 percent. There are now 6.6 percent fewer Swedes in Iceland, 2.1 percent fewer Finns, and 5.7 percent fewer Norwegians. 

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