Population Of Iceland May Be Zero By 2016
The population of Salem’s burgeoning community of Icelandic expatriates has exploded by approximately 100 percent since the start of 2013, a representative of the tiny nation’s diaspora reported today.
The exodus began in January 2013 when student Sigriður Einarsdottir, 23, enrolled at Salem University in the Graduate School of Economics, as part of an international exchange program with the University of Reykjavik.
Einarsdottir settled in trendy West Salem, moving into the Oak Meadows Apartments, a location popular among University students. With her fluency in English and familiarity with American culture, Einarsdottir readily assimilated into the social life of the University and her neighborhood.
In February 2013, she was surprised by a chance encounter at Tremorz Coffee Bar, in which she overheard a patron speaking Icelandic on the phone. After the speaker’s conversation concluded, she introduced herself to the person, who turned out to be fellow Icelander Þór Friðriksson.
Friðriksson, 26, who had arrived days earlier to begin an overseas assignment at Facegram, also settled in West Salem, just a block away from where Einarsdottir lives.
While the two are reportedly “just friends”, acquaintances speculate that with their unique, shared cultural heritage, close proximity in age, and relatively proportional physical attractiveness, it is only a matter of time before they begin producing new, Icelandic-American dual-citizens.
Even if Einarsdottir and Friðriksson do not eventually reproduce, demographers and city officials are concerned about the rate of growth of the Icelandic émigré community.
“While we welcome the addition of highly educated immigrants, the explosion in size of this [Icelander] community potentially threatens both our finite resources as well as the long-term viability of their home country”, explained Salem City Planner Gavin McCarthy.
“If the current population growth rate (doubling every two months) continues unabated”, McCarthy continued, “We expect that roughly half of the population of Iceland will live in the greater Salem area by October 2015, and by the end of 2015, Iceland will be essentially devoid of human life. Obviously, we lack the infrastructure to support such an influx of refugees.”
At press time, Gavin McCarthy had reportedly been relieved of his duties by Salem Mayor Ólafur Guðmundsson.