Iceland Economy

Iceland's economy in numbers:

Nominal GDP of USD 28.1 billion in 2022.

GDP per capita of USD 74,609 compared to the global average of USD 10,589.

Average real GDP growth of 3% over the last decade.

Share of the region's population
Share of the region's GDP

Economic structure:

In 2020, services accounted for 76% of overall GDP, manufacturing 9%, other industrial activity 11%, and agriculture 4%. Looking at GDP by expenditure, private consumption accounted for 52% of GDP in 2021, government consumption 27%, fixed investment 23%, and net exports -2%.

GDP by economic sector
GDP by type of expenditure

International trade:

In 2021, manufactured products made up 12% of total merchandise exports, mineral fuels 1%, food 46%, ores and metals 40% and agricultural raw materials 1%, with other categories accounting for 0% of the total. In the same period, manufactured products made up 70% of total merchandise imports, mineral fuels 8%, food 11%, ores and metals 10% and agricultural raw materials 1%, with other goods accounting for 0% of the total. Total exports were worth USD 7 billion in 2023, while total imports were USD 9 billion.

Key exports
Key imports
Key export partners
Key import partners

Economic growth:

The economy recorded average annual growth of 3.0% in the decade to 2022. To read more about GDP growth in Iceland, go to our dedicated page.

Fiscal policy:

Iceland's fiscal deficit averaged 1.1% of GDP in the decade to 2022. Find out more on our dedicated page.


The unemployment rate averaged 4.7% in the decade to 2022. For more information on Iceland's unemployment click here.


Inflation averaged 3.4% in the decade to 2022. Go to our Iceland inflation page for extra insight.

Monetary Policy:

Iceland's monetary policy rate ended 2022 at 6.00%, up from 5.38% a decade earlier. See our Iceland monetary policy page for additional details.

Exchange Rate:

From end-2012 to end-2022 the krona weakened by 10.1% vs the U.S. dollar. For more info on the krona, click here.
The economy likely remained under pressure in Q4. Inflation averaged over three times higher than the Central Bank’s target, dampening consumer sentiment, which averaged notably below Q3’s level. This, paired with still-elevated interest rates, dampened purchasing power, likely restraining private spending and investment. The external sector’s performance was likely weak as well: Growth in total hotel stays slowed to 0.9% year on year in Q4—the softest since Q1 2021—as the volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes peninsula in December likely dented tourism activity. Meanwhile, merchandise exports contracted further annually in Q4, although the downturn softened from Q3. The economy started 2024 on the back foot: Tourism activity and private spending are likely being depressed by the state of emergency that was declared after another eruption in February.
Projections out to 2033.

31 indicators covered including both annual and quarterly frequencies.

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Iceland Economic Data

2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Population (million) 0.3 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4
GDP (USD bn) 26.3 24.7 21.6 25.8 28.7
GDP per capita (USD) 75,524 69,127 59,443 69,918 76,303
GDP (EUR bn) 22.3 22.0 19.0 21.8 27.3
GDP per capita (EUR) 64,066 61,757 52,069 59,130 72,556
GDP (ISK bn) 2,844 3,026 2,929 3,276 3,883
Economic Growth (Nominal GDP, ann. var. %) 7.6 6.4 -3.2 11.8 18.5
Economic Growth (GDP, ann. var. %) 4.9 1.9 -6.9 5.1 8.9
Private Consumption (ann. var. %) 4.8 1.7 -3.1 6.9 8.3
Government Consumption (ann. var. %) 4.7 3.9 5.2 2.3 2.3
Fixed Investment (ann. var. %) 2.3 -4.1 -7.4 14.1 15.1
Exports (G&S, ann. var. %) 0.4 -5.3 -30.7 14.6 22.3
Imports (G&S, ann. var. %) -0.9 -9.1 -20.6 19.9 20.0
Unemployment (% of active population, aop) 3.1 3.9 6.4 6.0 3.8
Fiscal Balance (% of GDP) 1.0 -1.6 -8.9 -8.5 -4.0
Public Debt (% of GDP) 63.2 66.6 77.8 75.6 68.7
Inflation (CPI, ann. var. %, aop) 2.7 3.0 2.8 4.4 8.3
Key Interest Rate (% eop) 4.50 3.00 0.75 2.00 6.00
Exchange Rate (ISK per USD, eop) 116 121 127 130 143
Exchange Rate (ISK per USD, aop) 108 123 135 127 135
Exchange Rate (ISK per EUR, eop) 133 136 156 148 152
Exchange Rate (ISK per EUR, aop) 128 137 155 150 142
Current Account Balance (EUR bn) 0.9 1.4 0.2 -0.6 -0.5
Current Account Balance (% of GDP) 4.3 6.5 0.9 -2.7 -1.7
Merchandise Trade Balance (EUR bn) -1.3 -0.8 -0.6 -0.9 -1.5
Foreign Direct Investment (EUR bn) -0.3 -0.2 -0.8 0.1 0.6

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