Ranked the world’s sixth cleanest city in 2016 by List 25 rating service, Reykjavik is the capital city for the Republic of Iceland–a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean. Iceland has not joined the European Union, but is a member of the European Economic Area which enables access to the EU as a single market. Iceland leads the world’s safest countries for tourists according to acclaimed travel specialist BookMundi.
Iceland’s second-largest airport is located near the center of its capital city. The eastern of Reykjavik’s two seaports is called Sundahöfn and is the country’s largest cargo port. Iceland exported US$4.4 billion worth of goods in 2016. Highest-value Icelandic exported products are aluminum, fish and processed petroleum oil according to the International Trade Centre.
Reykjavik city limits contain 77 square miles (200 square kilometers) within which 122,460 residents live, according to Reykjavik Yearbook official statistics.
The Capital Region, also called Greater Reykjavik, encompasses Reykjavik city limits plus six surrounding municipalities. The Capital Region’s population count was 213,619 for 2016 living over a land territory of 521 square miles (201 square kilometers).
The overall country population was 335,878 Icelanders at July 2016. The national land area totals 38,707 square miles (100,250 square kilometers).
Iceland won its independence from Denmark on June 17, 1944. Icelanders celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday on each June 17.
Capital Facts for Reykjavik, Iceland: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Imagine Peace Tower, Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Solfar (Sun Voyager) Sculpture, Arbaer Open Air Museum and Reykjavik City Hall
Demonym for a resident of Iceland: Icelander
Population: 122,460 (Reykjavik city)
Density: 1,584 people per square mile (612 per square kilometer)
Population: 213,619 (Capital Region)
Density: 521 people per square mile (201 per square kilometer)
Population: 335,878 (Iceland)
Density: 9 people per square mile (3 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$16.15 billion in 2016 (for Iceland, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $48,100
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Reykjavik were unavailable.
Official currency used in Reykjavik: Icelandic króna
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Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 19, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on January 19, 2017
List 25, 25 Cleanest Cities In The World. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Reykjavik. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Reykjavik Yearbook, Population. Accessed on January 19, 2017
The World Factbook, Europe: Iceland, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Reykjavik. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Wikipedia, Capital Region (Iceland). Accessed on January 19, 2017
Wikipedia, Iceland. Accessed on January 19, 2017
Population density is much more concentrated within Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik with an average 1,600 inhabitants per square mile (600 per square kilometer).
Density thins out to an average 500 people per square mile (200 per square kilometer) over the larger Capital Region.
For Iceland overall, population density drops significantly to an average 9 Icelanders per square mile (3 per square kilometer).