On the 1st January this year there were 319,573 people living in Iceland – which is around 1,100 more than a year before and a population increase of 0.4 percent.
According to Statistics Iceland, the number of females in the country edged up more than the number of males last year, or by 0.5 percent against 0.2 percent.
The population increase was proportionately most in the south-western Suðurnes region, where the number of residents went up by 0.7 percent, or 154 individuals. The north-west region (including the Westfjords) saw the biggest drop in population, where 200 fewer people (-2.6 percent) were resident in January 2012 over January 2011.
The number of residents in the Reykjavík capital region went up by 1,253 between years, RÚV reports.
There were nearly 300,000 residents in towns and cities with more than 200 residents on 1st January and 20,762 people in the countryside and smaller villages.