Education and culture
- Number of museum guests decreased by 45% between 2019 and 2020 08/07/2022The 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 08/07/2022The 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 24/03/2022In 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 14/12/2021In 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 07/12/2021Just 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.
- Personnel in pre-primary schools in December 2021 23/11/2022In 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%). […]
- Children in pre-primary schools 2021 04/10/2022Almost 400 more children attended pre-primary schools in December 2021 than the previous year. The enrolment rate for one year olds has never been higher, 55%. Statistics Iceland now publishes new data on the background of children in pre-primary schools from 2008 to 2021. Figures have been updated.
- Staff in compulsory schools in the autumn of 2021 29/08/2022In the autumn of 2021, there were 9,288 staff members working in compulsory schools in Iceland. Thereof 5,702 were teaching staff. The proportion of teachers with a licence decreased from 84.0% to 83.7% from the previous year. Figures have been updated.
- Around 38% of new entrants graduated with a Bachelor degree in three years 17/08/2022In the autumn of 2014 there were 2,310 new entrants in three year Bachelor degree programmes in universities in Iceland. Three years later, 38.1% had graduated on time. An additional 0.2% had graduated from other tertiary programmes, such as two-year diploma programmes.
- Lower dropout rate in upper secondary education 28/07/2022Dropout in upper secondary education has been decreasing since the year 2003. Four years after entering, 29.6% of new entrants in 2003 had dropped out of education without graduating, but 19.9% of new entrants in the autumn of 2016. Almost 62% of new entrants in 2016 had graduated in 2020 while just over 18% were […]
- Unemployment 2.8% in October 24/11/2022The unemployment rate in October 2022 was 2.8% according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. The seasonally adjusted activity rate was 79.8% and the employment rate 77.5%. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points between months while the seasonally adjusted employment rate increased by 0.9 percentage points.
- 8.790 vacant jobs in the third quarter of 2022 10/11/2022In total, 8,790 jobs were vacant in the Icelandic labour market in the third quarter of 2022 according to Statistics Iceland’s Job Vacancy Survey. At the same time, the number of occupied jobs was 233,777 and the job vacancy rate therefore 3.6%.
- The number of employed immigrants increased by 7,500 between years 04/11/2022In total, just under 211.600 individuals were employed in the Icelandic labour market in September 2022 according to register-based data. The increase in employed individuals was just under 10,900 between years, which corresponds to a 5.4% increase. The number of employed immigrants was nearly 46.700 in September 2022, increasing by almost 7,500. The proportion of […]
- Similar situation in the Icelandic labour market as last year 03/11/2022The main results of the Labour Force Survey for the third quarter of 2022 show little, but positive, change in the position of the labour force on the Icelandic labour market from the previous year.
- Unemployment 3.6% in September 27/10/2022The unemployment rate in September 2022 was 3.6% according to seasonally adjusted figures from the Icelandic Labour Force Survey. The seasonally adjusted activity rate was 79.3% and the employment rate 76.5%. Seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased by 0.8 percentage points between months while the employment rate increased by 0.4 percentage points.