Norway Still Most Popular Among Emigrating Icelanders

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Norway Still Most Popular Among Emigrating Icelanders

By Alëx Elliott
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326,340 people were living in Iceland at the end of the first quarter of 2014, including 163,660 males and 162,680 females. The number of people living in Iceland went up by 720 over the quarter.

During the first quarter of 2014 there were 1,060 births and 540 deaths in Iceland; meaning a natural population increase of 520. In addition to this, 190 more people moved to Iceland than moved away from the country.

These figures come from the latest population report by Statistics Iceland, Vísir reported.

The number of Icelandic citizens moving away from Iceland was 200 greater than the number of Icelandic citizens moving to Iceland. Meanwhile there were 380 more non-Icelandic citizens moving to Iceland than leaving the country. At the end of the first quarter there were 23,060 non-Icelandic citizens living in Iceland.

Once again, Norway remains the favorite destination for emigrating Icelanders. The country was the destination of 240 Icelanders during the quarter. Of the 700 Icelanders who emigrated in the quarter, 490 moved to Denmark, Norway or Sweden.  

Of the 500 foreign citizens who left Iceland in the quarter, the most went to Poland: 120 individuals.

380 out of 500 Icelandic citizens moving to Iceland did so from Denmark, Norway or Sweden. 260 out of 890 non-Icelandic citizens moving to Iceland in the quarter did so from Poland.

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