Population by output areas, current activity status, marital status and sex 31 Dec. 2011
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Statistical output areas
Division of the population into 42 output areas covering the entire country, with approx. 7,500 persons per area. The population count varies between 4,000 and 14,000 inhabitants.
Current activity status
'Current activity status' is the current relationship of a person to economic activity, based on a reference period of one month during November 2011. For a small subset, where available, the activity status was based on the economic activity of the person on the reference date of November 30th, 2011.
In ascribing a single activity status to each person, priority is given to the status of 'employed' in preference to 'unemployed', and to the status of 'unemployed' in preference to 'not economically active'.
In lieu of using the age of 15 years on the reference date as the national minimum age for economic activity, persons who turned 15 years of age in the reference year or younger were defined as being under the minimum age for economic activity, this being the criterion for attending mandatory elementary school at the reference date.
Legal marital status
Marital status is the (legal) conjugal status of an individual in relation to the marriage laws of Iceland (de jure status). A person is classified according to his/her most recently acquired legal marital status at the reference date.
Married partners that are 'legally separated' are classified under 'married'.
Registered partnerships for same sex couples were provided for until 19 July 2010 when this was assimilated under the single concept of marriage of two persons. Even if the label of the relationship was not automatically changed from registered partnership to marriage, the legal distinction no longer applies. Persons who may not have formally changed there status from ' in registered partnership' to 'married' are thus counted as 'married'.