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RSS Culture

RSS Education

  • The effects of Covid-19 on school days in compulsory education were greatest in the spring of 2020 19/02/2024
    The Covid-19 pandemic greatly influenced the operation of schools in Iceland from the spring of 2020 and the following two school years but did not have any effect on school days in the 2022-2023 school year.
  • More participants in lifelong learning in 2022 16/11/2023
    Around 52,600 inhabitants in Iceland aged 25-64 took part in lifelong learning in 2022, 26.7% of the population in this age group. That is an increase of 18.5% from the previous year, and participation in lifelong learning was greater in 2022 than it was just before the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • More than half of 25-64 year old women with tertiary education 14/11/2023
    The number of 25-64 year olds with tertiary education has increased by more than 16 percentage points since 2003. A total of 84,700 persons had completed tertiary education in 2022, almost 43% of the population in this age group. In the same time period, there was a decrease by about 13 percentage points among those […]
  • Women the majority of university teachers 26/09/2023
    There were 3,669 staff members in schools at the tertiary level working 2,844 full-time equivalent jobs in November 2022, a decrease of 258 from the previous year. Teachers were 2,324 working 1,521 full-time equivalent jobs. Women were the majority of personnel (57.2%) and have been more numerous among teachers since the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Fewer students at the upper secondary and tertiary level in the autumn of 2022 12/09/2023
    There were 44,031 students at levels above compulsory education in Iceland in the autumn of 2022, a decrease of 2,090 students from the previous year, or 4.5%. There were fewer students both at the upper secondary and tertiary levels of education, in all regions and all age groups between 16 and 29 years old.

RSS Labour

  • Unemployment 4.2% in January 21/02/2024
    A total of 9,600 individuals were unemployed in January 2024 according to seasonally adjusted results from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.2% in January, the employment rate was 77.7% and the activity rate was 81.1%. The unemployment rate increased by 0.3 percentage points between months while the employment rate […]
  • Unemployment was 3.4% in 2023 15/02/2024
    On average, there were 226,900 people in the Icelandic labour market in the year 2023. Of those, around 219,300 were employed and around 7,600 unemployed and looking for a job. The activity rate was 80.5%, the employment rate 77.8% and the unemployment rate 3.4%.
  • The number of employed in December increased by 2.8% between years 05/02/2024
    In total, 216,700 individuals were employed in the Icelandic labour market in December 2023, according to register-based data. The number of employed increased by around 5,700 between years, which corresponds to an increase of 2.8%. The number of employed females in December was around 101,600 and the number of males was around 115,100. Figures have […]
  • The labour market remains relatively stable between years 01/02/2024
    The main results of the Labour Force Survey for the fourth quarter of 2023 show that the Icelandic labour market has, as in the third quarter, remained relatively stable between years.
  • Job vacancy rate 1.9% in the fourth quarter of 2023 01/02/2024
    In total, 4,690 jobs were vacant in the Icelandic labour market in the fourth quarter of 2023 according to Statistics Iceland’s Job Vacancy Survey. At the same time, the number of occupied jobs was around 238,000 and the job vacancy rate therefore 1.9%.