Postcodes / Zipcodes map data
for Iceland

Postcodes / Zipcodes map data
for Iceland

Postcodes, or zipcodes, are an important tool for geographic planning in Iceland. Originally developed to streamline postal delivery, postcodes are now commonly referred to as “the new geography”. They have evolved to become an integral part of the business planning process.

Postcodes / Zipcodes

Postcodes / Zipcodes map data for Iceland

Postcodes are a simple but convenient way to locate customers, assets, competitors – in fact, anything with an address. Enriching your address data with coordinates is a process known as geocoding and is the first step in adding location intelligence to your data assets located in Iceland.

Postcode centroids (centre points) are suitable for coarse-level searches and geocoding, while postcode regions (polygons) can be highly effective for visualisation purposes.

We provide 3-digit Postcodes map data for Iceland, as both centroids and regions, with seamless transitions across borders with neighbouring countries. The data is available in all common GIS data formats.

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The Nordic island of Iceland is situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, south-east of Greenland. Its closest neighbours are Greenland and the Faroe Islands, followed by Scotland. It is one Europe’s most sparsely populated countries, with two-thirds of the population living in or around the capital city of Reykjavik.
Iceland was under Norwegian and then Danish rule for many years. It gained independence in 1918, with the founding of a republic in 1944. It is a representative democracy and a parliamentary republic divided into eight regions.
For much of the twentieth century, Iceland was a relatively poor country, but developed into one of the most prosperous economies in the world, largely due to its fishing industry. In 2008 and the world financial crisis, however, the banking infrastructure of Iceland collapsed.
The fishing industry still contributes around 40% to the country’s economy, but is a contracting sector. Iceland has diversified into manufacturing and service industries. It has one of the greenest economies in the world and runs itself almost entirely on renewable energy. Tourism (especially ecotourism) is now a huge contributor to the economy, and a growing sector.
Culturally, Iceland is very Nordic. It has a strong heritage in art, literature, music and a lively media scene. The population is one of the world’s healthiest. From a Lutheran tradition, Iceland is now a strongly secular nation, with one of the highest proportions of atheists.
Iceland’s position between Europe and North America remains important. It is a member of United Nations and NATO. It is the only member of NATO without a standing army.

The power of postcodes

Postcodes, or zipcodes if you prefer, are a powerful tool for geographic visualisation and analysis in Iceland. While primarily designed to help deliver the mail, their standardised nature makes them useful for locating assets. Given a reference data set of postcodes with coordinates, it is possible to take a database of addresses (say, customers) and use the postcode as a common link or join. This allows the address database to be enriched by coordinates – a process known as geocoding. While these coordinates are only approximate (the centroid or centre point of each postcode), they allow the addresses to now be placed on a map where geographic patterns, such as clusters, may be revealed.

Postcode regions are polygon shapes which capture all addresses with a same postcode. They are often irregular shapes and sometimes feature holes and enclaves. Despite this, it is possible to use GIS or mapping software to assign colour to these regions to form a thematic map, also known as a choropleth map. While some care is usually required to ensure that the visualisation is statistically valid, thematic maps are visually powerful and a great way to communicate a variable across a geographic area.

We provide 3-digit Postcodes map data for Iceland, as both centroids and regions data. Compatible postcodes / zipcodes data is also available for other countries, with seamless transitions across borders.

Data formats & delivery

Postcodes/Zipcodes map data for Iceland is available in many popular GIS formats, including:

  • Esri Shapefile
  • Esri File GeoDatabase
  • MapInfo TAB (Extended)

All data products are delivered using our secure data delivery platform, Europa Data Vault.

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