Quick Facts

  • Population: 320,000
  • Capital: Reykjavik (largest city)
  • Official language: Icelandic, although English, Nordic  languages, and German are widely spoken
  • Iceland is volanically active
  • Climate: Temperate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle
  • Iceland is made of 8 administrative divisions
  • Ethnic Groups: 93% Icelandic, 2% Nordic, 5% other
  • Iceland has a free market economy with rather low taxes.
  • Iceland has the smallest population among NATO members, and has no standing Army
  • Religions: Lutheran Church of Iceland (official) 80.7%, Roman Catholic 2.5%, Reykjavik Free Church 2.4%, Harfnarfjorour Free Church 1.6%
  • GPD per capita: 38,060
  • Literacy: 99%
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com


Government in Power

Constitutional Republic

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 81 years
  • Maternal Mortality Rate: 5/100,000
  • Infant Mortality Rate: 3.7/1,000
  • Physicians Density: 3.894/1000
  • HIV/AIDS 0.3%
  • Risk of Infectious Disease: Low
  • The CDC highly recomends the following vaccinations: Measles, Hepatitis B
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Communications are obviously a key component in planning a trip and coordinating logistics. Depending on the country, there may be several options available. Several aspects of communication are discussed here to help you along. Cell phones – Cellular phone technology is usually an option in most countries, but varies depending on your type of carrier. To check and see […]


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