Akureyri

Akureyri, Municipality in Northeastern Region, Iceland.

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Akureyri ([ˈaːkʏrˌeiːrɪ] (listen), regionally also [ˈaːkʰʏr-]) is a town in northern Iceland. It is Iceland's fourth-largest municipality, after Reykjavík, Hafnarfjörður, and Kópavogur, and the largest town outside Iceland's heavily populated southwest corner. 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. 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.
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