Capital Region (Iceland)

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Höfuðborgarsvæðið
The Höfuðborgarsvæði area
The Höfuðborgarsvæði area
Country Iceland
Area
 • 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 own elected council. Greater Reykjavík's population of 200,852 is 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 waste policy, shared public transport and a joint fire brigade.

Population and size[edit]

Of the seven municipalities that make up the Greater Reykjavík area, Reykjavík is by far the most populated with 117,764 inhabitants; Kjósarhreppur is the least populated with only 210 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[5] Area (km2)[6] Density (Pop/km2)
Reykjavík 117,764 277.1 425
Kópavogur 31,729 83.7 379
Hafnarfjörður 26,808 143.3 187
Garðabær 13,872 74.4 186
Mosfellsbær 9,075 193.7 46
Seltjarnarnes 4,322 2.3 1,879
Kjósarhreppur 210 287.7 0.7
Total 203,678 1,062.2 192

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. 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