Around six percent of the 65,432 couples in Iceland, both married and cohabitating, are defined as intercultural, according to the latest numbers. In 2000, the proportion of couples where one person was Icelandic and the other an immigrant, totaled 4.4 percent.Photo: Páll Stefánsson/Iceland Review.
“In my opinion, this is not a huge increase. It seems logical given the flow of people around the world today, both because of the number of foreigners in Iceland and how many Icelanders go abroad,” master’s student in anthropology Árdís Kristín Ingvarsdóttir told visir.is. Árdís is completing her thesis on foreign fathers who have a child with an Icelandic woman.
Most foreign women who are married or cohabitating with an Icelandic man are from Thailand, the Philippines, Germany, Poland and Denmark whereas at the turn of the century, most women were from Denmark, Thailand, Germany, the Philippines and the United States.
When it comes to foreign men with an Icelandic partner, most are from Britain, the U.S., Denmark Germany and France whereas in 2000, most were from Denmark, Britain, the U.S., Germany and Norway. Few Icelandic women are in relationships with men from East Asia. “But women are starting to go to study in Japan and China so maybe this will change,” Árdís said.