Facts on Iceland

General Facts

Land area

103,000 square kilometres; 40,000 square miles




Mandatory from 6 to 16 years of age

Schools for compulsory education: 192

Schools above compulsory education: 39

Universities and Colleges: 8

International Organizations

Iceland is a member of numerous international organizations, including the United Nations and its agencies, the European Economic Area, NATO, the Council of Europe, OECD, EFTA, WTO and the Nordic Council.


Icelandair, Iceland Express and Delta link Iceland with over 30 gateways in Europe and North America. Flight time is 2-4 hours to Western Europe and 5-7 hours to North America. Domestic services operate to Iceland's main regional communities, with flight time of less than one hour. A number of carriers offer air cargo services to and from Iceland. Shipping of cargo is easy with regular liner sailings to and from major ports in Europe and the USA. Shipping takes 3-4 days to Europe and 7-8 days to North America.

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