Roughly 90 percent of Icelanders will have a Christmas tree in their home this year, around 60 percent of whom will opt for an artificial tree, according to a new survey.Photo by Geir Ólafsson.
When the income of respondents is considered, a total of 78.7 percent with a monthly salary of less than ISK 250,000 (USD 1,980, EUR 1,500) said they would have a Christmas tree in their home this year compared to 95.5 percent of those with a salary of ISK 800,000 (USD 6,336, EUR 4,810) or higher, ruv.is reports.
Responses were also classified by political preferences. Around 60 percent of supporters of the Left-Greens said they would purchase a live tree this year, compared to 36 percent of Independence Party supporters.
Around six out of every ten supporters of the Progressive and Independence Parties said they would have an artificial tree this year.
A total of 877 people, aged 18-67, took part in the survey.
Last week it was suggested by forest specialists that the import of live Christmas trees be suspended after a new type of fungus was discovered in Norway and Denmark.
Around 80 percent of live Christmas trees in Iceland are imported.
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