At the end of September, there were 374,830 Icelanders, increasing 3,250 in the third quarter. There were 1,310 births, 580 deaths, and 2,530 immigrants. 54,140 foreign nationals lived here on October 1, or 14.2% of the total population. Iceland is the fifth most sparsely populated country in the world. Greenland is by far the most sparsely populated, followed by Mongolia, Namibia and then Australia, just ahead of Iceland. The most densely populated countries on earth are Macau, Monaco and Singapore. Today, the world’s population is 7 billion, 912 million, 633 thousand and something, and has increased by almost 80 million this year. That means that if we keep on procreating at the current rate, we will be 8 billion in nearly a year. Icelanders make up 0.005% of the world’s population.

The fingers of five-day-old Kári. One of the almost 500 Icelanders born here every month.

Reykjavík 10/12/2021 14:30 – A7C : FE 2.8/50mm M

Photograph and text: Páll Stefánsson