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Iceland is a highly developed, stable democracy with a modern economy. The national language is Icelandic, but English is widely spoken, especially in the capital city of Reykjavik. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Iceland for additional information.



Image of Iceland
Country Name: Iceland
Continent: Europe
Capital City: Reykjavik, Akranes, Husavik, Isafjordur
Boundary Countries:

No land Boundaries

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Landspitalinn University Hospital

Main Cities:

Reykjavik, Akranes, Husavik, Isafjordur

Country Size: 103,000 sq km
Population: 293,966



Icelandic, English, Nordic Languages, German widely spoken

Currency: Icalandic krona(ISK)
Predominant Religions:

Evangelical Lutheran

National Holidays: Independance Day, 17 June 1944
Economic Status:

Iceland is a highly developed , stable democracy with a modern economy.


Coast guard and police.

US Presence:

The US Embassy is located at Laufasvegur 21, tel. +354-562-9100; fax +354-562-9110. Information about consular services can be found in the Consular section of the Embassy home page at http://iceland.usembassy.gov.

Document Requirements:

Iceland is a party to the Schengen agreement.  As such, U.S. citizens may enter Iceland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.  The passport should be valid for at least three months beyond the period of stay.  For further details about travel into and within Schengen countries, please see our Schengen fact sheet.  For further information in English concerning entry requirements for Iceland, please contact the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration website.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  100, Airports w/paved runways:  5
Reykjavik Airport (REK/BIRK)
Reykjavik Airport, Iceland, Flugstodir Isavia, 101 Reykjavik, ICELAND
Tel: +354 (0)569 4100
Fax: +354 (0)562 3619
Customs, hours: 24 hours
Tel: +354 (0)560 0300
Fax: +354 (0)552 5826

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

There have been no terrorist attacks and very few criminal attacks affecting Americans in Iceland. However, like other countries in theSchengen area, Iceland’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow the possibility of terrorists or other criminals entering/exiting the country with anonymity. Americans are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution.Iceland has a relatively low crime rate, but minor assaults, automobile break-ins and other street crimes do occur, especially in the capital city of Reykjavik. Tourists should be aware that downtown Reykjavik can become especially disorderly in the early morning hours on weekends. Violent crime is rare, but it does occasionally occur.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  3.31 deaths/1000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 80.18 yrs (male 78.18/ female 82.27)

Immunization Indicators:

Infant MR total: 3.31 deaths/1000 live births Life expectancy at birth: Total 80.18 yrs (male 78.18/female 82.27)

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob cases have been reported primarily from the United Kingdom, although a few cases have been reported from other countries in Western Europe. Large outbreaks of trichinosis have occurred; outbreaks in France have been linked to horse meat.

Measles outbreaks occurred in several European countries in 2006.Risk of hepatitis A is low, although sporadic outbreaks have occurred in developed countries.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Excellant medical facilities are available in Iceland. to obtain emergency medical assistance anywhere in the country, dial 112.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 13
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 has been documented in wild birds or other avian species in several of the countries in Europe.

Communications Info:

Country Calling Code:  +354    
Internet Country Code:  .is


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