PESTLE Insights: Iceland - Macroeconomic Outlook Report

PESTLE Insights: Iceland - Macroeconomic Outlook Report


Financial intermediation, real estate and business activities accounted for the highest amount (22.9%) of Iceland’s GVA in 2018, followed by mining, manufacturing and utilities (15.5%) and wholesale and retail trade (14%). The three sectors are forecast to grow by 6.4%, 6.0% and 8.1%, respectively, in nominal terms in 2019.

The capital region, which comprises Reykjavik, Kópavogur and Hafnarfjörður, generated 58.1% of the Iceland’s GDP and comprised 63.8% of the country’s population, as of 2018

Green energy and advanced infrastructure, along with lucrative government incentives, create a favorable environment for investors in Iceland


  • Iceland provides excellent air connectivity with other parts of the world. It takes 2.5-3 hours to fly to Europe and 5-7 hours to fly to North America, on average.
  • OMXIPI includes all shares listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Iceland. As of November 18, 2019, the OMXIPI stock index closed at 1,456.6, compared to 1,268.7 on November 16, 2018.
Reasons to buy
  • Macroeconomic Outlook Report identifies the potentials of the country as an investment destination by analyzing the political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental (PESTLE) structure.
  • PESTLE Insights provides 360 degree view of the economy which can be used as a strategic tool to understand the market dynamics, business potentials and direction of operations
  • Along with providing the country’s snapshot, the report captures the risk factors pertaining to the macroeconomic risks, political environment, legal environment, demographic and social structure effectiveness, technology & infrastructure and natural and geographic aspects that might impact business.
  • This report also highlights key clusters/cities which contribute significantly to the country GDP and population along with major companies’ presence in these areas.

List of Exhibits
Did You Know?
Country Highlights
Country Snapshot
PESTLE Insights
Political Landscape
Economic Landscape
Social Landscape
Technological Landscape
Legal Landscape
Environmental Landscape
List of Figures
Exhibit 1: Iceland ’s Performance in terms of its Country Risk Analysis in Comparison to Western European Nations and the World
Exhibit 2: Performance Overview (Score: 1-100)
Exhibit 3: Broad Categories and Weights Behind the Index
Exhibit 4: OMXIPI Stock Index
Exhibit 5: Key Sectors’ Contribution to the Economy (2014-2021f)
Exhibit 6: Net FDI Inflow (2018Q1-2019Q2)and FDI by Origin (2016-2018)
EXHIBIT 7: FDI Flows by Sector (2014-2018)
Exhibit 8: Key Infrastructure Indicators
Exhibit 9: Real GDP and Household Consumption Growth Rate (2014-2021f)
Exhibit 10: Real GDP Growth Rate Comparison (2018)
Exhibit 11: Exports, Imports and Trade Balance (2014-2021f)
Exhibit 12: Current Account Balance (2014-2021f)
Exhibit 13: Top Three Commodity Exports, % of Total Exports (2015-2018)
Exhibit 14: Aluminum and Articles Thereof, % of World Total (2018)
Exhibit 15: Interest Rates (May 2014 - October 2019)
Exhibit 16: Exchange Rate and Inflation (2014-2021f)
Exhibit 17: Public Finance (2014-2021f)
Exhibit 18: General Government Debt (2014-2021f)
EXHIBIT 19: Employment/Unemployment(2014-2021f)
Exhibit 20: Average Annual Wages (2014-2021f)
EXHIBIT 21: Labor Cost Index (2014-2021f)
Exhibit 22: Rural/Urban Share of Total Population (1990, 2000, 2010, 2020)
Exhibit 23: Age-group Wise Share of Total Population (2000, 2010, 2020)
Exhibit 24: Gender-wise Share of Total Population (1990, 2000, 2010, 2020)
Exhibit 25: Number of Patents Granted Per Million Persons (2018)
Exhibit 26: High-tech Exports (% of Total Manufactured Exports) (2018)
Exhibit 27: Internet Users % of Total Population, Mobile and Broadband Penetration Rate (2018)
Exhibit 28: Doing Business in Iceland 2020
Exhibit 29: Corruption Perceptions Index (Rankings) (2018)
Exhibit 30: CO2 Emissions (2012-2017)

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