The vast majority of foreigners living in Akureyri are happy with life in the North Iceland town, according to a poll conducted by the University of Akureyri.
According to the survey, women from outside of Europe are particularly happy with life in Akureyri. Professor in Social Sciences Markus Meeckl told RÚV that 82 percent of the 200 people overall who took part in the survey reported being happy.
Markus says it is difficult to say why foreigners are generally happy despite their salaries generally being lower. It appears that Icelandic skills are also not a prerequisite, he said. More detailed research is planned.
Akureyri resident Cynthia Stimming, who is of Chinese and German heritage but grew up in Australia, says one reason could be that people have more time to chat than in the capital. “For example, if I meet a service person in the shop then I would just chat with them... this is not my experience from Reykjavík,” she told RÚV.
Proportionally more foreigners residing in Akureyri apply for Icelandic citizenship than those living in Reykjavík.