Reykjavík is the capital and largest city of Iceland. Reykjavík is the only metropolitan area in Iceland. As a highly modernized capital of one of the most developed countries in the world, its inhabitants enjoy a first-class welfare system and city infrastructure. Iceland is an island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the United Kingdom. The climate is temperate, moderated by the North Atlantic Current, with mild, windy winters and damp, cool summers. The official language is Icelandic. Most people, particularly the younger generation, also speak English and Danish. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Iceland is a small mixed economy with high levels of free trade and government intervention and subject to high volatility. Icelanders are generally non-confrontational, preferring to reach decisions through consensus, which may entail lengthy discussion. An Icelander's surname is their father's name, followed by 'son' or 'dottir', respectively. The telephone directory is listed by first name. Expatriate business dress is usually fashionable and conservative. The security risk for expatriates in Iceland is low. The largest risk for expatriates are the extreme climatic conditions. The currency of Iceland is the Iceland Krona (ISK). Credit cards are widely used. Icelandic Kronur are available through banks and cash machines in Iceland. Some banks may require advance notice before allowing debit or credit cards to be used in Iceland. The standard of healthcare in Iceland is good, however costs of treatment for expatriates from outside the EU can be high. The population of Reykjavik is 122,000 (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 1.9% (Dec 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Reykjavik, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Reykjavik as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: Low 4) Education: Average 5) Furniture & Appliances: Average 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Very High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Reykjavik is for example 48% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 36.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 72.7% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Reykjavik for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Reykjavik) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Reykjavik is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Reykjavik? Register subscribe to your home location and Reykjavik and run your personalised reports.