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Iceland's Information

Flag of Iceland
Land Area 100,250 km2
Water Area 2,750 km2
Total Area 103,000km2 (#106)
Population 335,878 (#177)
Population Density 3.35/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $16.15 Billion
GDP Per Capita $48,100
Currency Krona (ISK)
Largest Cities
People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.


  • Markus Orn Antonsson politician
  • Guomundur Arason bishop
  • Ingolfur Arnarson first Nordic settler
  • Asgeir Asgeirsson former president
  • Halldor Asgrimsson former prime minister
  • Margret Hermanns Audardottir archaeologist
  • Kristin Marja Baldursdottir author
  • Einar Benediktsson poet, lawyer
  • Einar Orn Benediktsson musician, singer
  • Bjorn Bjarnason politician
  • Ragnar Bragason film director, screenwriter, producer
  • Sigurour Bragason baritone singer, composer
  • Jon "Jonsi" Thor Birgisson guitarist and vocalist for band Sigur Ros
  • Anita Briem actress
C - E
  • Garoar Thor Cortes tenor
  • Diddu soprano, songwriter
  • Eirik the Red explorer
  • Leifr Eiriksson explorer
  • Magnus Eiriksson theologian
  • Kristjan Eldjarn former president
  • Porarinn Eldjarn writer, poet
  • Agusta Eva Erlendsdottir actress, singer
F - G
  • Vigdis Finnbogadottir former president
  • Bjarni Gautur filmmaker
  • Hannes Holmsteinn Gissurarson political scientist
  • Isleifur Gissurarson first bishop of Iceland
  • Vigdis Grimsdottir writer, poet
  • Olafur Ragnar Grimsson president
  • Ragnheiour Grondal singer
  • Bjork Gudmundsdottir singer, songwriter
  • Einar Mar Gudmundsson author
  • Tomas Gudmundsson poet
  • Hilmir Snaer Guonason actor
  • Tinna Gunnlaugsdottir actress
  • Hrafn Gunnlaugsson filmmaker
  • Porsteinn Gylfason philosopher, translator
  • Thorvaldur Gylfason economist
  • Geir H. Haarde former prime minister
  • Hannes Hafstein first prime minister
  • Gudmundur G. Hagalin writer, poet
  • Einar Hakonarson artist
  • Bjorgvin Halldorsson singer
  • Jonas Hallgrimsson author, poet, naturalist
  • Olafur Hannesson television host
  • Jon Baldvin Hannibalsson politician
  • Eirikur Hauksson singer
  • Agnar Helgason anthropologist
  • Asgeir Helgason scientist
  • Hallgrimur Helgason author, translator
  • Sigurdur Helgason mathematician
  • Steingrimur Hermannsson former prime minister
  • Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson musician, art director
  • Georg Holm musician
  • Hafdis Huld singer
I - J
  • Arnaldur Indridason writer
  • Viktor Arnar Ingolfsson writer
  • Birgitta Jonsdottir politician
  • Gunnfridur Jonsdottir sculptor
  • Einar Jonsson sculptor
  • Karl Juliusson film production designer, costume designer

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This page was last updated on July 10, 2020.

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