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Skyline of Reykjanesbær
Skyline of Reykjanesbær
Coat of arms of Reykjanesbær
Reykjanesbær is located in Iceland
Coordinates: 64°0′4″N 22°33′7″W / 64.00111°N 22.55194°W / 64.00111; -22.55194Coordinates: 64°0′4″N 22°33′7″W / 64.00111°N 22.55194°W / 64.00111; -22.55194
RegionSouthern Peninsula
ConstituencySouthwest Constituency
 • MayorKjartan Már Kjartansson
 • Total145 km2 (56 sq mi)
 • Total19,724
 • Density130.49/km2 (338.0/sq mi)
Postal code(s)
230, 232, 233, 235, 260
Municipal number2000

Reykjanesbær (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈreiːcaˌnɛsˌpaiːr̥]) is a municipality on the Southern Peninsula (Suðurnes) in Iceland, though the name is also used by locals to refer to the suburban region of Keflavík and Njarðvík which have grown together over the years. The municipality is made up of the towns Keflavík, Njarðvík and the village of Hafnir. The municipality was created in 1994 when the inhabitants of the three towns voted to merge them into one. Reykjanesbær is the fourth largest municipality in Iceland, with 19,676 citizens (2021).[1][2][3]


Of the three towns which make up the municipality, Keflavík is the largest, while Hafnir is the smallest and some 10 kilometers distant. Keflavík and Njarðvík were originally distinct towns but gradually grew together over the course of the latter half of the 20th century, until the only thing separating them was a single street. The northern side of the street belonged to Keflavík and the southern side to Njarðvík. Since May 2009 the township of Njarðvík has been the location of the Viking World museum (Víkingaheimar).[4]

In 2006, when the United States Navy closed Naval Air Station Keflavik, the site was taken over by the development agency Kadeco, and renamed Ásbrú. A university, Keilir, was founded and now Ásbrú houses the campuses of various educational institutions and also businesses, both newly founded and relocated to the site of the air base.[5][6]


Residents by citizenship
(1 January 2018)
Nationality Population
 Iceland 14,163 (79.55%)
 Poland 2,526 (14.19%)
 Lithuania 208 (1.17%)
 Latvia 96
 Denmark 82
 Croatia 49
 Romania 43
 Philippines 40
 United Kingdom 35
 Greece 33
 United States 32
 Bulgaria 30
 Portugal 30
 Sweden 28
 Spain 27
 Iraq 24
 Thailand 20
Other Europe 169
Africa 62
Other Asia 60
Other Americas 31
Oceania 7
Stateless 10

Reykjanesbær is the most populous municipality in the Suðurnes region, the fourth most populous in Iceland, and the most populous outside of the Greater Reykjavík area. The municipality had a population of 18,920 on 1 January 2019; that is about 5.3% of the country's population. The Suðurnes region, which includes Reykjanesbær and five neighbouring municipalities, was home to 27,113 people; that is about 7.6% of the country's population.[1]

On 1 January 2018, of the town's population of 17,805, immigrants of the first and second generation numbered 4,352 (24.4%).[8][9] The most common foreign citizens were Poles, Lithuanians, and Latvians.[7]

Points of interest[edit]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Reykjanesbær is twinned with:[10]



  1. ^ a b c "Population by municipalities, sex and age 1 January 1998-2019 - Current municipalities". Statistics Iceland. 1 January 2019. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Reykjanesbær municipality". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  3. ^ "Suðurnes". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "Víkingaheimar". Lonely Planet. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "Keflavik Air Base, Iceland". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  6. ^ "Keilir Educational Institution". Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Population by sex, municipality and citizenship 1 January 1998-2018". Statistics Iceland. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  8. ^ "Population by municipalities, sex and age 1 January 1998-2019 - Current municipalities". Statistics Iceland. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Immigrants by sex and municipality 1 January 1996-2018". Statistics Iceland. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 15 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Vinabæir". (in Icelandic). Reykjanesbær. Retrieved 2020-02-12.

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