Regions of Iceland

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The regions of Iceland

The regions of Iceland are mainly used for statistical purposes. The district court jurisdictions use them. The postal code system follows the regions as well with a few exceptions. Before 2003 the regions were also used for elections to parliament.

These regions are not defined by law. They have no official standing or administrative function. They are used to divide Iceland for certain purposes.

The health care system in Iceland is divided into 7 health care districts. These are the same as the 8 regions of Iceland with one exception. The Northwestern region and the Northeastern region which are a single health care district.

Regions[change | change source]

# Name Population Area (km2) Area (mi2) Main city/town
1 Capital Region 205,675 1,062 410 Reykjavík
2 Southern Peninsula 21,206 829 320 Keflavík
3 Western Region 15,381 9,554 3,689 Akranes
4 Westfjords 7,031 9,409 3,633 Ísafjörður
5 Northwestern Region 7,271 12,737 4,918 Sauðárkrókur
6 Northeastern Region 29,026 21,968 8,482 Akureyri
7 Eastern Region 12,434 22,721 8,773 Egilsstaðir
8 Southern Region 23,833 24,526 9,470 Selfoss