Capital Region (Iceland)

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Capital Region

Höfuðborgarsvæðið
From upper left: Reykjavík from Perlan, rooftops from Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík from Hallgrímskirkja, Fríkirkjan, panorama from Perlan
From upper left: Reykjavík from Perlan, rooftops from Hallgrímskirkja, Reykjavík from Hallgrímskirkja, Fríkirkjan, panorama from Perlan
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Coordinates: 64°11′05″N 21°36′47″W / 64.1846°N 21.6131°W / 64.1846; -21.6131
CountryIceland
Area
 • Total1,062.2 km2 (410.1 sq mi)
Population
 (2019)
 • Total228,231
 • Density214.9/km2 (557/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+0:00 (GMT)
The greater Reykjavík area on OpenStreetMap.

Greater Reykjavík (Icelandic: Höfuðborgarsvæðið, meaning "The Capital Region") is a region in southwestern Iceland that comprises the national capital Reykjavík and six municipalities around it.[1][2] Each municipality has its own elected council. Municipal governments cooperate extensively in various fields: for example waste policy, shared public transport and a joint fire brigade.

The area is by far the largest urban area in Iceland.[3] Greater Reykjavík's population of 228,231 is around 64% of the population of Iceland, in an area that is only just over 1% of the total size of the country. The size of the greater Reykjavík area is calculated from the area of its constituent municipalities, including large areas of the hinterland, not the much smaller urban core of about 120 km2 (46 sq mi) [4]

Population and size[edit]

Of the seven municipalities that make up the Greater Reykjavík area, Reykjavík is by far the most populated with 128,793 inhabitants; Kjósarhreppur is the least populated with only 238 residents, but has the largest area: 287.7 km2 (111.1 sq mi). Seltjarnarnes is the smallest municipality with an area of 2.3 km2 (0.89 sq mi).

Municipalities Population (1 January 2019)[5] Area (km2)[6] Density (Pop/km2)
Reykjavík 128,793 277.1 464.8
Kópavogur 36,975 83.7 441.8
Hafnarfjörður 29,799 143.3 207.9
Garðabær 16,299 74.4 219.1
Mosfellsbær 11,463 193.7 59.2
Seltjarnarnes 4,664 2.3 2027.8
Kjósarhreppur 238 287.7 0.8
Total 228,231 1,062.2 214.9

References[edit]

  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 Archived 2012-04-17 at the Wayback Machine. 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. ^ "Population by municipalities, sex and age 1 January 1998-2019 - Current municipalities". www.hagstofa.is. Statistics Iceland. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  6. ^ National Land Survey of Iceland. Sveitarfélagaskjárinn. Retrieved on 6. June 2010 (In Icelandic)

External links[edit]

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