Capital Region (Iceland)

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The Höfuðborgarsvæði area
The Höfuðborgarsvæði area
Country Iceland
 • Total 1,062 km2 (410 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 209,680
 • Density 192/km2 (500/sq mi)
The greater Reykjavík area on OpenStreetMap.

Greater Reykjavík (Icelandic: Höfuðborgarsvæðið (meaning "The Capital Region")) is a name used collectively for Reykjavík and six municipalities around it.[1][2] The area is by far the largest urban area in Iceland.[3] Each municipality has its independent elected council. With a population of 200,852, Greater Reykjavík comprises over 60% of the population of Iceland in an area that is only just over 1% of the total size of the country.[4] Municipal governments cooperate extensively in various fields; for example with waste policy, shared public transport and a joint fire brigade.

Size and population[edit]

Of the seven municipalities in the Greater Reykjavík Area, Reykjavík is by far the most populated with 117,764 inhabitants and Kjósarhreppur is the least populated with 210 inhabitants. Kjósarhreppur is however the largest of the eight with 287.7 km2 (111.1 sq mi) of land and Seltjarnarnes is the smallest with 2.3 km2 (0.89 sq mi).

Municipalities Population[5] Area (km2)[6] Density (Pop/km2)
Reykjavík 117,764 277.10 425
Kópavogur 31,729 83.7 379
Hafnarfjörður 26,808 143.3 187
Garðabær 13,872 74.4 186
Mosfellsbær 8,978 193.7 46
Seltjarnarnes 4,322 2.3 1,879
Kjósarhreppur 210 287.7 0.7
Total 203,678 1,062.2 192


  1. ^ Association of municipalities in the Capital area English version Retrieved on 5. June 2010
  2. ^ Sigurður Guðmundsson. „Hvernig eru hugtökin dreifbýli og landsbyggð skilgreind hér á landi?“ The Icelandic Web of Science. 18.8.2000. Retrieved on 6. June 2010 (In Icelandic)
  3. ^ Statistics Iceland. Population by municipalities. Retrieved on 5. June 2010
  4. ^ Emilía Dagný Sveinbjörnsdóttir. „Hvað er Stór-Reykjavíkur svæðið stórt sem hlutfall af öllu landinu?“. The Icelandic Web of Science. 28.3.2002. Retrieved on 6. June 2010 (In Icelandic)
  5. ^ Statistics Iceland. Population by municipalities. Retrieved on 17. March 2012
  6. ^ National Land Survey of Iceland. Sveitarfélagaskjárinn. Retrieved on 6. June 2010 (In Icelandic)

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Coordinates: 64°08′00″N 21°56′00″W / 64.13333°N 21.93333°W / 64.13333; -21.93333