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Akureyri ([ˈaːkʏrˌeiːrɪ], locally [ˈaːkʰʏrˌeiːrɪ] i) is a town in northern Iceland. It is Iceland's fifth-largest municipality, after Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, Kópavogur and Reykjanesbær, and the largest town outside Iceland's Capital Region.

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An aerial view of downtown Akureyri
An aerial view of downtown Akureyri
Coat of arms of Akureyri
Location of the Akureyri Municipality
Location of the Akureyri Municipality
RegionNortheastern Region
ConstituencyNortheast Constituency
  MayorÁsthildur Sturludóttir
  Total138 km2 (53 sq mi)
  Density131.82/km2 (341.4/sq mi)
Postal code(s)
600, 601, 602, 603, 611, 630
Municipal number6000

Nicknamed the "Capital of North Iceland", Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre. The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century, but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786.[2] Allied units were based in the town during World War II. Further growth occurred after the war as the Icelandic population increasingly moved to urban areas.

The area has a relatively mild climate because of geographical factors, and the town's ice-free harbour has played a significant role in its history.