Iceland: Business Guide

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Country Descriptions & Profiles

Note: Includes country profiles from several sources: Business Monitor International, Countrywatch Inc., Datamonitor, EIU, Global Insight, Going Global, Icon Group, OECD, and PRS Group. Select “Country Reports” from “Publications” column on the right. Highlights include:

Background Notes on Countries of the World: Iceland

Published by the U.S. government, includes facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, foreign relations and travel/business information.

Iceland Country Review

Published annually by CountryWatch, provides demographic, economic, business, and environmental data.

Iceland Economic Competitiveness

Published by the Icon Group using vertical analysis or common-sized statements, provides estimates of the financial performance and labor productivity of countries compared to global benchmarks. Financial analysis includes asset, liability and income structure, ratios, profitability ratios and key percentile rankings.  Labor productivity analysis includes asset-labor, liability-labor, and income-labor ratios.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development provides statistics and report on its 30 country members in addition to various reports, statistics and working papers covering macroeconomics, trade, education, development and science and innovation with approx 70 countries it has relationships with. Content vary country by country.

Finance, Trade & Commerce

BuyUSA.gov U.S. Commercial Services: Iceland

http://www.buyusa.gov/iceland/
From the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) Provides information to U.S. businesses exporting goods and services, including trade agreements, market research, trade event lists, industry specific information.

Doing Business. Benchmarking Business Regulations.

http://www.doingbusiness.org/
Produced by the World Bank, this database provides information on business regulations and their enforcement in many countries. Countries are ranked according to ease of doing business. The Doing Business Indicators are comparable across 175 economies. These indicators include starting a business, dealing with licenses, employing workers, registering property, getting credit, protecting investors, paying taxes, enforcing contracts, and others.

FITA: Iceland Country Profile

http://fita.org/countries/iceland.html
FITA, The Federation of International Trade Associations, website includes general information as well as information on market access, economic indicators, taxes, labor market, agriculture, media, and more.

Global Edge: Iceland

http://globaledge.msu.edu/countries/Iceland
Created by the Center for International Business Education and Research at Michigan State University ( MSU-CIBER ), globalEDGE contains country specific news, statistics, history, economics, and government data.

Index of Economic Freedom: Iceland

http://www.heritage.org/Index/Country/Iceland
A Web resource evaluating the following areas:trade policy, fiscal burden of government, government intervention in the economy, monetary policy, capital flows and foreign investment, banking and finance, wages and prices, property rights, regulation, and black market.

News & Journals

Note: Press Display provides online access to over 400 titles of today’s newspapers from around the world in full-color and full-page format. To get a list of newspapers by country select the country from the sidebar.

Statistics & Government Resources

Central Bank of Iceland

http://www.cb.is/
The official Web site of the Central Bank of Iceland includes information on currency rates, monetary policy, statistics and much more.

Embassy of Iceland in Washington D.C.

http://www.iceland.is/iceland-abroad/us
Information about business and investment. Also contains information about flora and fauna, education, travel and tourism, visas, immigration, history, geography, people and culture.

Statistics Iceland

http://www.statice.is/
Important social, economic and cultural statistics, with links to other useful sites.