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Republic of Iceland


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Area: 103,000 sq km

A volcanic island in the North Atlantic; mountainous, largely barren with many large glaciers.

Population: 329,279    Annual Growth: 2.17%

Capital: Reykjavik

Urbanites: 92.3%

HDI Rank: 3 of 182 (UN Human Development Reports 2009)


Peoples: 11 (9% unreached) All peoples
Unreached Peoples Prayer Card

Official language: Icelandic    Languages: 2 All languages


Largest Religion: Christian

Religion               Pop %Ann Gr

Challenges for Prayer

Traditional Icelandic life can be considered under threat. High-profile disputes divide opinion between conservationists wanting to preserve the environment and industrialists wanting to cash in on the resources. Although the total number of immigrants is not massive, Iceland's relatively small population has seen possibly the largest migration rate in Europe, bringing other faiths and cultures into a traditionally guarded society. Pray for wisdom for leaders and the people in dealing with these new challenges.

The majority of Icelanders are Christian, but only nominally so. Biblical Christianity and a lifestyle of following Christ are alien concepts to most. Some of the more isolated areas are spiritual wastelands, with almost no active Christianity at all. Ask the Lord to break into Icelandic society and orchestrate a revival that touches every person and aspect of life.

     For an additional 4 Challenges for Prayer see Operation World book, CD-ROM, or DVD-ROM.

More Information

The Operation World book, CD-ROM, and DVD-ROM provide far more information and fuel for prayer for the people of Iceland.