Capital Region (Iceland)


The Höfuðborgarsvæði area
Country Iceland
  Total 1,062 km2 (410 sq mi)
Population (2016)
  Total 213,619
  Density 201/km2 (520/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 213,619 is over 60% 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 hinterland, not the much smaller urban core of about 200 km2 (77 sq mi) [4] Municipal governments cooperate extensively in various fields: for example waste policy, shared public transport and a joint fire brigade.

Population and size

Of the seven municipalities that make up the Greater Reykjavík area, Reykjavík is by far the most populated with 122,460 inhabitants; Kjósarhreppur is the least populated with only 217 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 122,460 277.1 442
Kópavogur 34,140 83.7 408
Hafnarfjörður 28,189 143.3 197
Garðabær 14,717 74.4 198
Mosfellsbær 9,481 193.7 49
Seltjarnarnes 4,415 2.3 1,920
Kjósarhreppur 217 287.7 0.75
Total 213,619 1,062.2 201


  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

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