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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.

  • Einar Karason writer
  • Hofi Karlsdottir Miss World 1985
  • Thorfinnr Karlsefni explorer
  • Baltasar Kormakur actor, film director
  • Johannes Ur Kotlum author
  • Kristjan Einar Kristjansson race car driver
  • Einar Hjorleifsson Kvaran editor, novelist, playwright
  • Halldor Kiljan Laxness writer, Nobel Prize laureate
L - M
  • Jon Leifs composer
  • Jon Loftsson chieftain, politician
  • Arni Magnusson documentarian
  • Eirikr Magnusson scholar, translator
  • Magnus Magnusson television presenter, journalist
  • Magnus Ver Magnusson power lifter, strongman
  • Ana Mjoll singer, songwriter
  • Mugison musician, singer
N - O
  • Sigurour Nordal scholar, writer
  • David Oddsson former prime minister
  • Bragi Olafsson musician
  • Fridrik Olafsson chess grandmaster
  • Kjartan Olafsson musicologist, composer
  • Olafur Darri Olafsson actor, film producer
  • Olafur Johann Olafsson writer
  • Orri Pall Dyrason musician
  • Eggert Palsson percussionist
  • Linda Petursdottir Miss World 1988
  • Hjortur Pordarson inventor
  • Porbergur Pordarson author
  • Ari Porgilsson medieval chronicler
  • Loftur Saemundsson priest, chieftain
  • Magnus Scheving writer, television producer
  • Arni Sigfusson politician
  • Jon Pall Sigmarsson strongman, powerlifter
  • Johanna Sigurdardottir prime minister
  • Steinunn Sigurdardottir author
  • Jon Sigurosson leader independence movement
  • Sjon poet, author
  • Egill Skallagrimsson Viking warrior
  • Pall Skulason philosopher, author
  • David Stefansson poet, novelist
  • Jon Kalman Stefansson author
  • Kari Stefansson co- founder deCODE genetics
  • Stephan G. Stephansson poet
  • Snorri Sturluson historian, poet, politician
  • Asmundur Sveinsson sculptor
  • Kjartan Sveinsson musician
  • Sigurdur Thorarinsson geologist, volcanologist, glaciologist
  • Gudridr Thorbjarnardottir discoverer
  • Jon Thoroddsen author
  • Haukur Tomasson composer
  • Emilian Torrini singer, songwriter
  • Kolbeinn Tumason chieftain, hymn composer
V - W
  • Hannibal Valdimarsson politician
  • Helgi Valdimarsson immunologist
  • Guobrandur Vigfusson lexicographer, editor, lecturer
  • Margret Vilhjalmsdottir actress
  • Unnur Birna Vilhjalmsdottir Miss World 2005
  • Thor Whitehead historian
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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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