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RSS Culture

  • Number of museum guests decreased by 45% between 2019 and 2020 08/07/2022
    The number of guests at museums, exhibitions and related activities decreased by 45% between 2019 and 2020. The number decreased most for history museums, by 54%, and art museums, by 47%. The number of guests at nature museums decreased by 29% and by 21% at zoos.
  • Number of theatre performances decreased by 42% between theatre seasons 08/07/2022
    The number of performance in theatres and/or by professional and amateur theatre groups increased by 10.4% between 2015-2019 but decreased by 41.7% between the theatre seasons 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. The number of performances amounted to 1,195 for the 2019-2020 season, a record low since the year 2000, when information was first collected.
  • 7.5% in cultural employment in 2021 24/03/2022
    In 2021, 7.5% of total employment was in cultural employment, according to the Icelandic Labour Force Surve (IS-LFS). The ratio increased slightly from 2020 when it was 7.1%.
  • The number of self-employed in culture decreased by 19% in 2020 14/12/2021
    In 2020, 12,700 people 16-74 years old are estimated to have been in cultural employment, according to the Icelandic Labour Force Survey (IS-LFS), or 6.7% of total employment.
  • Two thirds of museum visits in 2019 by foreign tourists 07/12/2021
    Just over 2.8 million visits were made to museums in Iceland in 2019. Visits have increased by 1.2 million since 2010, 74.9%. Total numbers of visits to museums able to provide information about the nationality of visitors were 2.15 million, of whom 38.8% were made by Icelandic nationals but 61.2% by foreign guests.

RSS Education

  • Never more graduates at the tertiary level 21/02/2023
    There were 5,214 graduates with 5,248 graduations at the tertiary level of education during the 2020-2021 school year, 700 more than in the previous year (15.5%). Thereof, the number of graduations with a master’s degree had increased by more than 300, an increase of 21.7%.
  • More children in compulsory school received special education or support 04/01/2023
    In 2020-2021 14,603 pupils in compulsory education received special education or support, or 31.3% of all pupils, an increase of 191 pupils from the previous year. Boys were 58.7% and girls 41.3% of the pupils receiving special education or support, and the share of girls has been increasing. Figures have been updated.
  • More than half of women with tertiary education in 2021 16/12/2022
    In 2021 51.0% of females aged 25-64 had tertiary education, but 34.8% of males. Fewer inhabitants had only completed basic education, or 21.2%, but 24.1% in 2020. In the capital region, 15.5% of the population had only completed basic education but 31.5% in other regions. Figures have been updated.
  • More participants in lifelong learning in 2021 13/12/2022
    Around 44,400 inhabitants aged 25-64 took part in lifelong learning in 2021, 25,800 women and 18,500 men. A total of 23.1% of the population took part but were 19.4% in 2020. Almost 36 thousand participants were employed and participation in lifelong learning increases with increased education. Figures have been updated.
  • Personnel in pre-primary schools in December 2021 23/11/2022
    In December 2021 there were 6,894 staff members in pre-primary schools in Iceland, an increase of 117 from the previous year. Males were 8.4% of staff and females 91.6%. The number of pre-school teachers decreased by 56 from the previous year (-3.4%) while the number of staff with other educational training increased by 134 (+10.9%). […]

RSS Labour

  • Unemployement 5% in February 22/03/2023
    The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in February 2023 was 5.0% according to figures from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. The rate increased by 1.9 percentage points between months. The unemployment rate for men was 6.4% in February 2023 and increased by 3.1 percentage points between months. The unemployment rate for women was 3.3% and increased […]
  • Employed in January increased by 5.0% between years 20/03/2023
    In total, around 205,200 individuals were employed in the Icelandic labour market in January 2023 according to register-based data. Around 161,400 had Icelandic background and 43,800 were immigrants. Employed individuals increased by just over 9,700 between years, which corresponds to a 5.0% increase. Figures have been updated.
  • Publication on register based employment in January 2023 postponed 02/03/2023
    Publication of statistics on register based employment in January 2023, which was scheduled on 3 March 2023 has been postponed until further notice.
  • Labour force on the Icelandic labour market 2022 02/03/2023
    On average, there were 227,600 people in the Icelandic labour market in the year 2022. Of those, around 209,400 were employed and around 8,100 unemployed and looking for a job. The activity rate was 80.1%, the employment rate 77.1% and the unemployment rate 3.7%.
  • Unemployment 3.1% in January 22/02/2023
    The unemployment rate in January 2023 was 3.1% according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey and decreased by 0.1 percentage points between months The seasonally adjusted activity rate was 81.1% in January 2023 and the employment rate 78.6%, the employment rate increased by 1.1 percentage points between months. Figures have been […]