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RSS Culture

  • 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.
  • Concert attendance in Harpa never been lower 07/12/2021
    In 2020, less than 60 thousand concert guests attended 424 concerts in the three main concert halls in Iceland, Harpa, Salurinn and Hof. Of those, 45,575 attended 330 concerts in Harpa, 12,534 attended 76 concerts in Salurinn and 1,872 guests attended 18 concerts in Hof. Attendance in Harpa and Hof has thereby never been less […]
  • 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.

RSS Education

  • Large increase in student numbers from the previous year 22/12/2021
    There were 46,328 students at levels above compulsory education in the autumn of 2020, an increase of 4,721 from the previous year or 11.3%. This is the second largest number of students measured.
  • Teachers in pre-primary schools more than one out of four staff members in education and childcare 09/11/2021
    In December 2020 there were 1,628 licenced pre-primary school teachers in pre-primary schools in Iceland, or 25.7% of staff working in education and childcare and 43 more than in the previous year. Almost a fifth of pre-school teachers were 60 years or older and their number has increased more than that of younger teachers.
  • Educational attainment of the population 2020 08/11/2021
    More people were unemployed in 2020 among those who had completed general rather than vocational education at the upper secondary level, or 7.0% and 4.8% respectively for 25-64 year olds, according to the Statistics Iceland Labour Force Survey. Figures have been updated, now with detailed breakdown of data on upper secondary education.
  • More than half of students completing the matriculation exam under twenty years of age 27/10/2021
    There were 3,447 graduates from 35 upper secondary schools with a matriculation exam during the 2019-2020 school year, 372 fewer than in the previous year (-9.7%). More than one-half (56.5%) of graduates with a matriculation exam were 19 years old or younger, but 15.6% were 20 years old.
  • 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.

RSS Labour

  • Unemployment 3.5% in May 23/06/2022
    The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in May 2022 was 3.5% according to results from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. The seasonally adjusted activity rate was 80.8% and the seasonally adjusted employment rate 78.0%.
  • Unemployment decreases by 6.1 percentage points between years 25/05/2022
    The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in April 2022 was 2.5% according to results from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. In comparison, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.6% in April 2021, and had decreased by 6.1 percentage points between years.
  • Employed in March increased by 8.4% between years 24/05/2022
    In total, around 197,500 individuals were employed in the Icelandic labour market in March 2022 according to register-based data. The number of employed individuals has increased by around 15,000 between years, which corresponds to an 8.4% increase. The number of employed individuals, with their main job in the tourism industry, increased by just over 8,000 […]
  • Publication of the labour market in the first quarter 2022 postponed 24/05/2022
    Publication of a news release on the labour market in the first quarter of 2022, which was scheduled on 30 May, has been postponed until further notice.
  • Just over 2.500 of young people not in employment, education, or training 18/05/2022
    In 2021, it is estimated that 6.3% of 16–24-year-old people in Iceland were not in employment, education, or training (NEET). This is equivalent to just over 2,500 youths being neither in employment nor in education or training.