Iceland Country Report

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Geographic Information:

Continent: Europe


Area: 39,769 sq miles


Climate: Mild weather for being close to the Artic Circle


Arable Land: 22.8%


Capital City: Reykjavik


3 Largest Cities: Reykjavík, Kópavogur, Hafnarfjörður

Demographic Information

Population: 323,002


Population Density: 3


Growth Rate: -1.1


% Urbanized: 94.04


Life Expectancy: About 82 years


AIDS Rate: Only about 3 people have gotten diagnosed this year


Literacy Rate: 99%


Languages: Icelandic (North Germanic language) and English

Cultural Information

Customs and Traditions: Twelfth Night, Bóndadagur, Konudagur, etc.


Food: Lamb, dairy, and fish are very popular.


Clothing: Clothing differs with the drastic weather changes in short periods of time.


Recreation: Sightseeing, hiking, snowmobiling, whale watching, etc.


Religions: 80% go to the Lutheran State Church and 5% go to Christian churches.

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Political Information

Type of Government: Constitutional Republic - Parliamentary republic


Civil Rights Score: 72/100 ranked score.


Press Freedom: Free


Domestic/Regional Conflicts: Cod Wars

Economic Information

GDP: 47,461.19 USD


Labor: 70-80% of people in Iceland live by farming.


Unemployment: 3.3%


% Below Poverty Line: Over 6 thousand live in poverty.


Happy Planet Index: 40.2