Iceland Population 2022 (Live)

373,059
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Iceland is expected to continue its steady growth, potentially hitting 493,000 by 2060, exceeding half a million for the first time by the second half of the 21st century.

The current population of Iceland is 373,059 based on projections of the latest United Nations data. The UN estimates the July 1, 2022 population at 372,899.

Iceland Growth Rate

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Iceland Population 2022 (Live)

Iceland Population Clock

Iceland Population (as of 9/18/2022)373,059
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2022)372,899
Births per Day3
Deaths per Day1
Migrations per Day
Net Change per Day2
Population Change Since Jan. 1522

Components of Population Change

One birth every 480 minutes0%
One death every 1440 minutes0%
One net migrant every Infinity minutes0%
Net gain of one person every 720 minutes0%

Iceland Population Clock

Name Population
Reykjavik118,918
Kopavogur31,719
Hafnarfjoerdur26,808
Akureyri17,693
Gardabaer11,421
Mosfellsbaer8,651
Akranes7,411
Selfoss6,510
Seltjarnarnes4,726
Vestmannaeyjar4,219

Area and Population Density in Iceland

Overall, Iceland has a surface area of 103,001 square kilometers (39,770 square miles) and it is the 108th largest in this respect. However, that harsh geographical landscape is one of the reasons why it's population remains so low. Iceland has the lowest population density of all European countries at just 3 people per kilometer (8/square mile).

City Centers and Capital of Iceland

The capital and largest city of Iceland is Reykjavik, which is also the northernmost capital in the world and a major tourist destination. Reykjavik has a population of about 120,000 or 200,00c0 if the larger Capital Region is included. It's believed that the city was the site of the first permanent settlement on the island, founded sometime around AD 870. It's one of the safest, greenest, and cleanest global cities. The Capital Region accounts for 64% of Iceland's total population.

Iceland Population Density Map

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
1955157,7352.03%1.57172219
1960175,5662.17%1.75172218
1965192,3091.84%1.92173221
1970204,4681.23%2.04174221
1975218,0701.30%2.18174221
1980228,2630.92%2.28177221
1985241,5771.14%2.41178221
1990255,0191.09%2.54179221
1995267,6810.97%2.67178223
2000281,4621.01%2.81179223
2005297,0291.08%2.96180223
2010318,3331.40%3.18181224
2015331,0600.79%3.30181224
2017343,6322.37%3.43181224
2018352,9462.71%3.52181224
2019360,7742.22%3.60181224
2020366,6691.63%3.66181224
2021370,3351.98%3.69180224
2022372,8991.65%3.72180224

Iceland Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population Growth Rate Density (km²) Population Rank Density Rank
2025380,0100.72%3.79180225
2030390,3380.54%3.89182225
2035398,2090.40%3.97183225
2040403,7370.28%4.03182226
2045407,1490.17%4.06182227
2050408,7830.08%4.08182227
2055409,2600.02%4.08182227
2060408,673-0.03%4.08183227
2065406,834-0.09%4.06183227
2070403,628-0.16%4.03183227
2075398,961-0.23%3.98184227
2080393,007-0.30%3.92184227
2085386,222-0.35%3.85184227
2090379,500-0.35%3.79184227
2095373,622-0.31%3.73184227
2023375,3181.24%3.74180225
2024377,6890.92%3.77180225

Iceland Population by Year (Projections)

Iceland Population Pyramid 2022

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Iceland Median Age

37.1


Total

36.6


Male

37.7


Female

Iceland Population by Age

There are 290,179 people over age 18 in Iceland.

Census Years

Year Date
201131 December 2011
20212021

Iceland Population Pyramid

Iceland Demographics

The original population of the island was of Gaelic and Nordic origin based on genetic analysis and literary evidence from the island's settlement. One genetic study of Icelanders found most men were of Nordic origin while most women were of Gaelic origin.

In the island's early history, the harsh winters, volcanic eruptions, and outbreaks of plague affected its growth many times, with 37 famines recorded between 1500 and 1804. The first census of Iceland found a population of more than 50,000 in 1703, which declined to 40,000 after massive eruptions of the Laki volcano between 1783 and 1784. As living conditions improved, the population began to grow, eventually hitting 60,000 in 1850 then 320,000 by 2008.

Iceland's population is fairly young for such a developed country. The median age in Iceland is 36.5 years of age, with a total life expectancy of 83.1 years of age. Iceland is also rare in that it is one of the few European nations with a fertility rate well above the replacement rate at 2.1 children born per woman.

The ethnic composition of Iceland today is 93% Icelandic. The largest ethnic minority is Polish at 3% of the population. There are about 8,000 Poles on the island, accounting for 75% of the workforce in Fjarðabyggð. More than 13% of the population was born abroad while 6% hold foreign citizenship. There is also significant Icelandic diaspora with 88,000 people of Icelandic descent in Canada and more than 40,000 in the United States.

Quality of Life in Iceland

Iceland ranks at number 4 in the World Happiness Report in 2018, with a rating of 7.495. This rating is discerned from the examination of GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceived corruption. Additionally, 100% of the population has improved access to clean drinking water and only 1.2% of the population struggles with access to improved sanitation facilities. School life expectancy is at a total of 20 years, with females tending to spend 21 years in education over males who are only expected to stay in for 18 years.

Iceland - General Info

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