Capital: Reykjavik ; GDP growth (annual %) 2014 : 7.2%
Key Facts

Full name: Republic of Iceland
Population: 324,000 (UN, 2011)
Area: 103,000 sq km (39,769 sq miles)
Major language: Icelandic
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 80 years (men), 84 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 krona = 100 aurar
Main exports: Fish and fish products, metals
GNI per capita: US $32,710 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .is
International dialling code: +354

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    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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  • Outlook for 2013-14

    The country (Iceland) is situated in Northern Europe, island between the Greenland Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, northwest of the UK.
    Land in Iceland is typically plateau interspersed with mountain peaks, icefields; coast deeply indented by bays and fiords.
    The climate is temperate, moderated by North Atlantic Current; mild, windy winters, damp, cool summers.
    English, Nordic languages, German widely spoken.

    Outlook for 2013-14