Regions of Iceland

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There are eight regions of Iceland, mainly used for statistical purposes. The district court jurisdictions also follow this division. The postal code system follows the regions as well with a few exceptions. Before 2003 the regions were also used as constituencies for elections to Alþingi. These usages (except for the statistical ones) are however based upon an older version of the regions where Reykjavík proper was a special region and the surrounding municipalities in the current Capital region were a part of the Reykjanes region, currently known as Suðurnes.

These regions are not defined by law and have no official standing or administrative function.

Overview of the Regions[edit]

The regions of Iceland.
# Name Name
ISO 3166-2 Administrative centre
1 Höfuðborgarsvæði Capital Region 205,675 1,062 193.67 IS-1 Reykjavík
2 Suðurnes Southern Peninsula 21,206 829 25.58 IS-2 Keflavík
3 Vesturland Western Region 15,381 9,554 1.61 IS-3 Akranes
4 Vestfirðir Westfjords 7,031 9,409 0.75 IS-4 Ísafjörður
5 Norðurland vestra Northwestern Region 7,271 12,737 0.57 IS-5 Sauðárkrókur
6 Norðurland eystra Northeastern Region 29,026 21,968 1.32 IS-6 Akureyri
7 Austurland Eastern Region 12,434 22,721 0.55 IS-7 Egilsstaðir
8 Suðurland Southern Region 23,833 24,526 0.97 IS-8 Selfoss
Ísland Iceland 321,857 102,928 3.13

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