Regions of Iceland

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The regions of Iceland are 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 parliament. 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 Southern Peninsula.

These regions are not defined by law and have no official standing or administrative function, but might be used to divide Iceland for certain purposes.

Healthcare in Iceland is divided into 7 healthcare districts which correspond to the 8 regions of Iceland with the exception of the Northwestern Region and the Northeastern Region which are a single healthcare district.


# Name Native name Population (2016)[1] Area (km²) Pop./Area ISO 3166-2 Administrative centre
1 Capital Region Höfuðborgarsvæði 213,619 1,062 201.14 IS-1 Reykjavík
2 Southern Peninsula Suðurnes 22,509 829 27.15 IS-2 Keflavík
3 Western Region Vesturland 15,766 9,554 1.65 IS-3 Akranes
4 Westfjords Vestfirðir 6,883 9,409 0.73 IS-4 Ísafjörður
5 Northwestern Region Norðurland vestra 7,128 12,737 0.56 IS-5 Sauðárkrókur
6 Northeastern Region Norðurland eystra 29,361 21,968 1.33 IS-6 Akureyri
7 Eastern Region Austurland 12,452 22,721 0.55 IS-7 Egilsstaðir
8 Southern Region Suðurland 24,811 24,526 1.01 IS-8 Selfoss
332,529 102,806 3.23
The regions of Iceland.

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