Iceland: Economy

Economic Trivia

The economy depends heavily on the fishing industry, which provides 40% of export earnings, more than 12% of GDP, and employs nearly 5% of the work force.

Trade Source: United Nations Comtrade
Note: Top 3 trade partners are calculated by imports + exports.

Top 3 Trade Partners: Netherlands, Germany, and Norway
Top 3 Exported Goods: Aluminum, Seafood, and Iron & Steel

Top Industries Source: CIA World Factbook

Fish Processing; Aluminum Smelting; Ferrosilicon Production; Geothermal Power

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Source: The World Bank

GDP, PPP (current international $) $13 billion (2013)
GDP Growth Rate (annual %) 3.263% (2013)
GDP Per Capita, PPP (current international $) $39,996 (2013)
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GDP Country Rank 146/192 (2013)

Economic Indicators Source: The World Bank

Inflation, consumer prices (annual %) 3.878% (2013)
External debt stocks, total (DOD, current US$) Data unavailable
Total tax rate (% of commercial profits) 29.9% (2013)
Real Interest Rate (5 year average %) 6.251% (2013)
Manufacturing, value added (% of GDP) 13.388% (2009)
Current Account Balance (BoP, current US$) $-740,266,798 (2012)
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Labor and Employment Source: The World Bank

Labor Force, Total 188,184 (2012)
Employment in Agriculture (% of total employment) 5.5% (2012)
Employment in Industry (% of total employment) 18.2% (2012)
Employment in Services (% of total employment) 75.8% (2012)
Unemployment Rate 6% (2012)
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Imports of goods and services (current US$) $7,330 million (2013)
Exports of goods and services (current US$) $8,411 million (2013)
Total Merchandise Trade (% of GDP) 72.351% (2012)
FDI, net inflows (BoP, current US$) $347 million (2013)
Commercial Service Exports (current US$) $3,009,262,201 (2012)
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How to interpret the graph: The purpose of this graph is to take a snapshot of a country’s economy in comparison to other economies. For example, Iceland’s Exports rank is higher than (please wait...) of the countries in the dataset. For Exports, FDI and GDP measures, a higher rank (closer to 100%) indicates a stronger economy. Conversely, for Unemployment and Inflation, a lower rank (closer to 0%) indicates a stronger economy.

Due to unavailable data the following indicators have been omitted:
  • Exports
  • FDI, net inflows
  • GDP Growth Rate
  • GDP Per Capita
  • Inflation
  • Unemployment

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