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July 2008 aerial view of Akranes.
Location of the municipality
|• Mayor||Sævar Freyr Þráinsson|
|• Total||9 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|• Density||823.44/km2 (2,132.7/sq mi)|
300, 301, 302
The area where Akranes is located was settled in the 9th century, but did not receive a municipal charter until 1942.
Akranes was settled in the 9th century by the brothers Þormóður and Ketill, sons of Bresi. They came from Ireland. The town started to form in the mid-17th century as a fishing village. In 1942, it was formally chartered, and in the following years it had the biggest surge in population in its history.
Economy and sportEdit
The fishing industry remains the town's most important source of employment, but commerce is also a significant employer as Akranes acts as a service center for the large rural region surrounding it.
The town is expected to grow further in the coming years because of growing industry and improvements of transportation to the Reykjavík area, following the construction of the 5.57 km-long (3.46 mi) Hvalfjörður Tunnel which was opened in 1998, one of the world's longest underwater road tunnels.
Akranes has a strong soccer tradition. The local team, Íþróttabandalag Akraness (ÍA), has for many years been among the best of the Icelandic football league system. Ríkharður Jónsson, who was born in the town, is often considered to be one of Iceland's finest footballers. He both played for and managed ÍA. Former Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal midfielder Siggi Jónsson was also born in Akranes and had three seasons as a player with ÍA.
Twin towns – sister citiesEdit
- "Population by municipalities, sex and age 1 January 1998-2019 - Current municipalities". PX-Web. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- "Vinabæir Akraness". akranes.is (in Icelandic). Akranes. Retrieved 2020-02-12.
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- Official website (in Icelandic)