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Republic of Iceland



Location: Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the UK

Area: 103,000 sq km

Climate: temperate; moderated by North Atlantic Current; mild, windy winters; damp, cool summers

Terrain: mostly plateau interspersed with mountain peaks, icefields; coast deeply indented by bays and fiords

Population: 272,512 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Evangelical Lutheran 96%, other Protestant and Roman Catholic 3%, none 1% (1988)

Languages: Icelandic

Capital: Reykjavik



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