City Profile

Reykjavík is the capital city of Iceland. In the study the whole of the larger Reykjavík area is involved with around 200 thousand inhabitants.


Education System

Most Icelandic children go to kindergarten from 3-5 years of age. The parents pay a limited fee as this is subsidised by the local authorities. Then there is a 10 year primary school, where the pupils enter when they are six and leave when they are 16. Many children then proceed to upper secondary programs, which are also largely free and take approximately four years. They can choose between academic and vocational tracks with very little constraint on their choice of programs.


Further Resources

Information about the Icelandic education system:

Research group

Kristjana Stella Blöndal, PhD, Associate professor

Jón Torfi Jónasson, PhD, Professor