Icelanders in Australia

The first Icelanders that came to Australia probably arrived around 1860’s.  An article about some of those is available at the website of the Icelandic association in Queensland.  However, over time more Icelanders have migrated over here.  The biggest influx occurred in the late sixties.

It has been difficult to ascertain the number of Icelanders over time, mostly due to the fact that the Australian Bureau of Statistics used to classify anyone from Iceland into a country category of “Other Countries” along with other small nations.  This was changed in the late nineties, so according to the census of 2006 there were 504 Icelanders in Australia at the time of the census.

Further details can be seen in the table on our Icelandic language web pages here.