Basic Facts about Iceland

Basic Facts about Iceland

Geography

Location : European island in the North Atlantic (3 hours’ flight from London, 5 ½ hours from New York).

Capital : Reykjavik (population 222,590 approx.)

Total area : 103,000 km² (39,756 square.miles);

vegetation: 23.1%, lakes: 2.7%, glaciers: 11.6%, wasteland: 62.6%.

Sea area within fishing limits: 758,000 km². Coastline : 4,970 km.

 

People

Population  :    348,580 (2017)

Ethnic groups :    Homogenous mixture of descendants of the original Nordic and Celtic settlers.

Religion :    State Lutheran Church 84%.

 

Government

Type     :  Republic since 17 June 1944. Independent since 1 December 1918.

President  :  Mr. Gudni Th Jóhannesson (since 1 August 2016 )

Prime Minister:  Ms. Katrín Jakobsdóttir (since 30 Nov. 2017 ) . The cabinet is responsible to the legislature (Althingi).

 

Economy

Currency   :  Icelandic króna (ISK) (Rate of exchange – See Central Bank exchange rates).

GDP        :   US$ 20.05 Billion (2016)

GDP per capita  : US$ 60.498 Billion (2016)

Labour Force :  197,700 (November 2017)

Unemployment rate :  1.7% (November 2017)

 

Employment by industry (approx) :            Agriculture: 3.9%.       Industry: 17.76%.        Services: 78.34%.

Address : Túngata 7, 101 Reykjavik

Postal Address : Túngata 7, 101 Reykjavik

Working hours : 08:30 till 17:00 Visa application and collection between 09:00-12:00 hrs

Telephone Numbers : 534 9955     

Fax : 534 9959

E-mail address : cons.reykjavik@mea.gov.in

Commercial Representative

Name : Ms. Alka Sarkar,
Email ID : hoc.reykjavik@mea.gov.in
Contact No : 00354-5349958
Mobile No : 00354-8417870

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