Statistics Iceland provides information on the resident population in Iceland and on vital events. Traditionally, population estimates in Iceland were based on censuses. With the establishment of the national population register (Ůjˇskrß) in 1952 population was estimated on basis of the status of the register on 1 December each year. Since 1997 population counts have been carried out on basis on the population register three times per year, on 1 July (mid-year population), 1 December and 31 December.
The national register forms the primary source for population statistics in Iceland. The register is run by Statistics Iceland as an administrative register and updated on a daily basis. In the frame of the national statistical system, demographic characteristics of the Icelandic population can easily be deduced from these sources at any given point in time. The register collects information on marriage, consensual unions, divorce, births, deaths, on adoptions, changes in residence, in citizenship and on religious affiliation. In all tables on population published by Statistics Iceland the population is classified by age, sex and marital status.
Apart from publication of changes in population, traditional statistics on vital events are published by Statistics Iceland. These include fertility, death rates, nuptiality and migration rates. Furthermore, Statistics Iceland produces population projection on a yearly basis. These projections are based on assumptions about future births, deaths and international migration.
- for telephone enquiries call +354–528 1100 or by e-mail
- the Statistics Iceland library gives you information on the population and you can have the relevant statistics photocopied or provided in electronic form
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