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RSS Culture

  • Parish fee payers never been as many 03/02/2021
    In 2020, religious organisation in Iceland increased by one and parish fee payers have never been as many or 229,465. Figures have been updated.
  • Experimental statistics: Taxable wages in cultural industries decreased by 23% between 2019 and 2020 28/10/2020
    The total sum of taxable wages and employment in cultural industries both decreased significantly between 2019 and 2020, according to figures on taxable wages and register based employment. The general government’s economic response packages have been used by enterprises and organisations in cultural industries to various extent.
  • Decreased attendance to concerts in music halls 14/10/2020
    Just over 205,000 guests attended concerts in Iceland’s three main music halls in 2019. Those are Harpa and Salurinn in the capital region and Hof in the North East region. However, attendance has decreased again since 2015.
  • Cultural employment 8% of total employment 06/10/2020
    In 2019, 15,500 people 16-74 years old are estimated to have been in cultural employment, according to the Icelandic Labour Force Survey (IS-LFS). That accounts for 7.7% of total employment, the same proportion as in 2018.
  • 95% of Icelanders read online news 15/09/2020
    In the beginning of 2019, just under 95% of Icelanders aged 16-74 had read online news in the past three months. During the same period, 84.3% had listened to music via the internet (through web-radio of streaming) while 62.4% had uploaded personal content to a website.

RSS Education

  • Children in pre-primary schools in 2020 13/09/2021
    The number of children in pre-primary schools was almost unchanged between 2019 and 2020. Around 500 fewer children stayed in school for 9 or more hours. Almost 16% of children had a foreign mother tongue and over 11% of children received special support, more than ever before. Figures have been updated.
  • Staff in compulsory schools in the autumn of 2020 01/09/2021
    In the autumn of 2020, there were 9,069 staff members working in compulsory schools in Iceland. Thereof 5,563 were teaching staff. The number of teachers without licence increased from 14.8% to 16.0% from the previous year. Figures have been updated.
  • Almost 47 thousand pupils in compulsory schools 01/06/2021
    There have never been as many pupils in compulsory education in Iceland as in the autumn of 2020, or 46,688. The number of pupils increased by 434 from the previous year, or by 0.9%. The main explanation is that more children aged 6-15 are living in Iceland than before.
  • Fewer participants in lifelong learning in 2020 03/05/2021
    Around 36,900 inhabitants in Iceland aged 25-64 took part in lifelong learning in 2020, 19.4% of the population in this age group. The participation has decreased somewhat from the previous year when 20.8% of the population took part.
  • Almost one-third of pupils in compulsary schools did not miss any teaching days due to Covid-19 22/03/2021
    The Covid-19 pandemic has influenced the operation of schools in Iceland as in many other countries. Almost one-third (32.2%) of pupils in compulsory schools in Iceland in 2019-2020 did not miss any teaching days due to the pandemic, and over 22,700 pupils (49.1%) missed one or two days due to school closures.

RSS Labour

  • Employment in August increased by 3.9% between years 12/10/2021
    In total, 207,328 persons were employed in the Icelandic labour market in August 2021 according to register-based data. The number of employed has decreased relatively by 1.1% from July 2021 when 209,683 were employed. The relative increase of employed persons was 3.9% between years. Statistics have been updated.
  • Publication of job vacancies in the third quarter postponed 07/10/2021
    Publication of a news release on vacant jobs in the third quarter of 2021, which was scheduled today Thursday 7 October, has been postponed until Friday 22 October.
  • Lower employment rate for 16-24 year olds in August 23/09/2021
    The unemployment rate in August 2021 was 5.1% according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. Seasonally adjusted activity rate was 79.5% and seasonally adjusted employment rate 75.0%.
  • Employment in June increased by 1.2% between years 13/09/2021
    In total, 204,229 individuals were employed in the Icelandic labour market in June 2021 according to register-based labour force data. The number of employed increased by approximately 12,500 individuals between months which corresponds to a 6.5% increase. Comparison with June 2020 shows that the relative increase in the number of employed persons was 1.2% between […]
  • Unemployment rate 5.2% in July 26/08/2021
    The unemployment rate in July 2021 was 5.2% according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. Seasonally adjusted activity rate was 78.7% and seasonally adjusted employment rate 74.8%. Comparison with June 2021 shows that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points between months.