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RSS Culture

  • 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.
  • General government expenditure on cultural services among the highest in Europe 05/08/2020
    General government expenditure on cultural services amounted to 2.5% of Iceland’s total general government expenditure in 2018. In comparison to other European countries, the general government in Iceland recorded the third largest share of total expenditure on culture, after Hungary (2.7%) and Latvia (2.8%).

RSS Education

  • Almost 30% of pupils in compulsory education receive special support 17/11/2020
    In 2018-2019 13,662 pupils in compulsory education received special education or support, or 29.8% of pupils. A total of 35% of boys and more than 24% of girls received support. It is most common for pupils to start learning English in 4th grade and Danish in 7th grade. The average number of school days was […]
  • Young immigrants more likely to graduate than older immigrants 26/10/2020
    Statistics Iceland now publishes for the first time data on completion rate and dropout at the upper secondary level according to the age of immigrants when moving to Iceland.
  • Never more male staff members in pre-primary schools 30/09/2020
    The number of children in pre-primary schools in 2019 was unchanged from the previous year, but there were more children with a foreign mother tongue. There was an increase in staff but the number of pre-school teachers continued to decline. Moreover, there were more male staff members than ever before. Figures have been updated.
  • Never more Ph.D. graduates 25/09/2020
    There were 4,370 graduates with 4,408 graduations at the tertiary level of education during the 2018-2019 school year, a similar number as in the previous year. Never before have more students graduated with a Ph.D. degree in one school year or 101 graduates.
  • Personnel in compulsory schools in the autumn of 2019 12/08/2020
    In the autumn of 2019, there were 8,600 staff members working 7,644 full-time equivalent jobs in compulsory schools in Iceland. Thereof, 5,458 were teaching staff. The number of teachers without licence increased by 152 from the previous year. Figures have been updated.

RSS Labour

  • Experimental statistics: Educational mismatch rate 19/11/2020
    Since the first quarter of 2003, the quarterly educational rate for unemployed has been between 5.1% and 38.6%. In the end of 2007, the educational mismatch rate was at its highest level of 38.6% but in 2015 the rate was at its minimum of 5.1%.
  • Employment rate in third quarter not lower since 2011 05/11/2020
    The number of employed persons in the third quarter of 2020 was 201,400 which is almost the same number of people as in the third quarter of 2019. The employment rate was 77% which is a decrease of one percentage point from 2019.
  • Continued decrease of register-based employment 04/11/2020
    Register-based employment has decreased every quarter of 2020 compared with the same period in 2019. In the third quarter, register-based employment decreased by 5.5% compared with the same period in 2019.
  • Labour market slack higher than in the last five years 22/10/2020
    The number of 16-74 year olds active on the labour market was estimated to be 207,100 in September 2020, which is equivalent to an activity rate of 79.2%. The rate of employed individuals of the population was estimated to be 76.0% and the unemployment rate 4.1%.
  • Decrease in vacant jobs by 1,500 between years 05/10/2020
    Approximately 3,000 jobs were vacant on the Icelandic labour market in the third quarter of 2020 according to the results of Statistics Iceland’s Job Vacancy Survey. At the same time the number of jobs was estimated to be 204,400 resulting in a 1.5% job vacancy rate.