Iceland is a small island country and one of the northernmost inhabited places on the planet. Despite its northern location, the climate is relatively mild - but definitely not warm. The summer days are long and the winter days are very short; The summer solstice is characterized by near 24 hour light and the winter solstice by near 24 hour darkness. The island also has some of the most striking and unique geography on earth: Iceland is located on the active geologic border between North American and Europe and volcanoes are active, glaciers and hot geysers abound. It is an island of stark beauty and contrast.
The total population of Iceland is smaller than that of your average city around the world. In 2016, there were only 340,000 people who called Iceland home, and the largest city, Reykjavik, hosts around a third of them. The other cities are much smaller in comparison and are located in the south western part of the country. Additionally, there are a number of small fishing villages located along the outer ring. The large majority of the population is now urban and Iceland is one of the most urbanized nations around the world, but fishing remains a stable of the economy and culture.Iceland: Total population (in million inhabitants) Iceland: Gross domestic product (GDP) in current prices (in billion U.S. dollars) Iceland - Important statistics
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Iceland are a Euro 2016 side currently positioned 2nd in the table of the 2015/2016 season.
Their last game was a 5 - 2 Loss against France (Away).
Iceland's biggest win so far this season was 1-2 against England. Against England they achieved their highest Performance Score of 21 this season.
Highest Pass Accuracy: Gylfi Sigurdsson (84% Pass Accuracy with 107 Comp. Passes)
Highest Shot Accuracy: Gylfi Sigurdsson (86% Shot Accuracy with a Total 10 Shots)
Most Completed Passes: Gylfi Sigurdsson (107 Completed Passes with an 84% Pass Accuracy)
Most Chances Created: Berg Gudmundsson (9 Chances Created: 1 Assists and 8 Key Passes)
Most Cards: Alfred Finnbogason (2 Yellow Cards and 0 Red Cards)This Feature Requires You To Log In
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Q: I’ve recently been offered a job in Iceland and have been looking into the cost of living, which is quite high compared to many other European countries. Is a salary of ISK 700,000 (USD 5,330, EUR 4,940) a month enough to cover the basics?
A: According to Iceland Statistics, the average wage in Iceland is ISK 415,000 (US 3,160 EUR 2,930) before tax per month, so the offer you received is well above that. Income tax is 37.3 percent for most people, but higher for the highest earners. For more on taxation, visit rsk.is.
The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Reykjavík is ISK 130,000 (USD 990, EUR 920) per month. This website offers information on the cost of renting an apartment. The figures show the price per square meter in various parts of the country.
A single person can expect to spend ISK 137,000 (USD 1,050, EUR 970) a month on food, clothes, medical services, recreation, transport, communication, and other services. For comparable figures for families check this website.
Here is the website of Statistics Iceland that shows average household expenditure.
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There are 20,000 players (men and women) registered at clubs.    Football is the most popular sport in Iceland.    Iceland hosted the U-18 European Championship in 1997, but an Icelandic national team has qualified for the final competition of a major tournament only three times—twice by the women's national team at UEFA Women's Euro in 2009 and 2013, and once by the men's team at UEFA Euro 2016. The only Iceland teams to advance past the group stage at a major tournament are the women in 2013 and the men in 2016.The Championship
For each championship, an official sponsor name or a name is given. The number of clubs participating in each level is defined in advance. Each championship allows end of the season to promote the higher level clubs and relegating others to the lower level. The first of the highest league is the national champion. The national league is Úrvalsdeild.History of national competitions
Pepsi-deildin - (Nationwide League)
1. deild karla - (Nationwide League)
2. deild karla - (Nationwide League)
3. deild karla - (Nationwide League)
4. deild karla - (Provincial League)
4. deild karla - (Provincial League)
4. deild karla - (Provincial League)
4. deild karla - (Provincial League)Other competitions
Football arrived in Iceland at the end of the nineteenth century. The oldest club in the country, the KR Reykjavik, was founded in 1899, and the first championship of Iceland, the Urvalsdeild, was held in 1912. It pitted three teams, since, KR join the Fram Reykjavik and 'íþróttabandalag vestmannaeyja. Until 1929, three clubs competed in these championships: Fram Reykjavik (10 titles), KR Reykjavik (6 titles) and Víkingur Reykjavík (2 titles).
The clubs are beginning to organize at the end of the First World War and during the 1920s, including the KR. Among the top scorers of the championship, Friðþjófur Thorsteinsson already playing abroad. In 1930, a fourth club of the capital, Reykjavik Valur, won his first championship.
During the 1930s, several foreign clubs come play games on Icelandic soil. These tours opposed to the best clubs of the time (those who compete for the Premier League, after all): Fram Reykjavik KR Reykjavik Valur, Vikingur Reykjavik. These same clubs have the opposite direction and begin to test against teams from the European continent. There, sometimes these clubs mix to oppose a stronger resistance. These "super teams" experienced varied, course tours in Denmark, Norway and Germany and the Faroe Islands. It was during the first tour to the Faroe Islands in 1930 that takes place which can be likened to the first game of the Icelandic national team. Indeed, a selection of fifteen Icelandic players (two of them will follow one another at the head of the Federation twenty years later) made the trips to the neighboring island, first confronting a local club. The second match pits a selection of the best Faroese players. Albert Guðmundsson became the first professional footballer from Iceland. Modern development
As recently as 2010, the Iceland men's national team was outside the top 100 in the FIFA World Rankings. Since then, the team has risen nearly 80 spots in the rankings, entering UEFA Euro 2016 at #34 in the rankings.  The team barely missed out on qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, falling in a playoff against Croatia, and qualified for Euro 2016, advancing to the quarterfinals. During their qualification campaign for the latter event, Strákarnir Okkar ("Our Boys") defeated the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and Turkey at home, and also defeated the Netherlands away.  The women's national team has also risen steadily in the FIFA Women's World Rankings, frequently appearing in the world top 20 in the 2010s, with a peak of 15th in 2011.
The country has risen to these previously unheard-of heights despite major challenges. As of 2016, the country's population of about 330,000 was comparable to that of Corpus Christi, Texas or St. Louis,   and it had fewer registered football players (of both sexes) than the U.S. state of Rhode Island.  Iceland, being a far northern country, also has to deal with average daily temperatures that stay around freezing for nearly half the year,  making it difficult or impossible for players to train year-round outdoors.
The seeds for this rise were planted by the KSí in the mid-1990s, when it began discussions on how to overcome its challenges of population and climate. The initiative bore its first fruit in 2000, when KSí built the first of a series of domed football facilities known as "football houses" in Keflavík near the country's main international airport.  Eventually, a total of 15 football houses were commissioned,  some with full-sized pitches and others with half-size pitches,  with these facilities supplemented by more than 20 full-sized outdoor artificial pitches and over 100 smaller artificial pitches throughout the country.  All children's schools in the country now have at least a five-a-side football pitch on their premises.  Additionally, all of the football houses are publicly owned, making access easier and much less expensive than comparable facilities in many other countries. 
At the same time, KSí invested heavily in training of coaches, starting a regular program designed to equip coaches with UEFA "A" and "B" licenses. The association chose to conduct all courses at its headquarters in Reykjavík, and deliberately chose not to make a profit off the courses, reducing costs for participants.  By January 2016, more than 180 Icelandic coaches held an A license and nearly 600 held a B license;  an additional 13 held UEFA's highest Pro license.  This translates to about one in every 500 Icelanders being a UEFA-qualified coach. By contrast, the corresponding ratio in England is about 1 in 10,000.  Many top clubs in the country have B-licensed and even A-licensed coaches overseeing children as young as age 6.  Every UEFA-licensed coach in the country has a paid coaching position, although only a small number receive a full-time salary. 
The Iceland Football Association (KSÍ) have invested money on youth development.   Women's football in Iceland
Women's football in Iceland is organized by KSÍ, the Football Association of Iceland. The federation manages the national championship and the women's national team.  Breiðablik UBK is the dominating women's football in Iceland, unlike its male counterpart (16 titles for the women versus one for the men). The Icelandic national team played its first official game in 1981. Even though they have never participated in a World Cup, they have three appearances in the European Championship, where they have reached the quarterfinals in 1995 and 2013.Men's national football team
See main article: article and Iceland national football team. The national team plays the first meeting in its history in 1930 against the Faroe Islands game won with a score of one goal to nil. Following the affiliation of the Federation to FIFA in 1947 and UEFA in 1954, the selection is committed for the first time in the qualifiers for the World Cup in 1957.
Iceland qualified for their first finals of an international competition on the occasion of Euro 2016, reaching the quarter-finals of that competition. The team plays its home games at Laugardalsvöllur stadium of 15,000 seats, built in 1958 and located in the capital, Reykjavik. The current manager is Heimir Hallgrímsson, who served as co-manager alongside Swede Lars Lagerbäck before the latter departed following Euro 2016 and took the Norway position. Iceland ended 2015 36th in the FIFA World Rankings, and rose to their highest-ever position of 19th in July 2017.External links
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