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Location of Ísafjarðarbær
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Location of Ísafjarðarbær
Coordinates: 66°04′N23°9′W / 66.067°N 23.150°W / 66.067; -23.150 Coordinates: 66°04′N23°9′W / 66.067°N 23.150°W / 66.067; -23.150
Region Westfjords
Constituency Northwest Constituency
   Mayor Birgir Gunnarsson
  Total2,379 km2 (919 sq mi)
 (1 January 2020)
  Density1.53/km2 (4.0/sq mi)
Postal code(s)
400, 401, 410, 425, 430, 470, 471
Municipal number4200
Website isafjordur.is

Ísafjarðarbær (Icelandic pronunciation:  [ˈiːsaˌfjarðarˌpaiːr̥] ) is a municipality of Iceland in the Westfjords region, created in 1996 from Flateyrarhreppur, Ísafjarðarkaupstaður, Mosvallahreppur, Mýrahreppur, Suðureyrarhreppur and Þingeyrarhreppur.



The principal settlement is Ísafjörður, others being Hnífsdalur, Flateyri, Suðureyri and Þingeyri.



The municipality is served by Ísafjörður Airport.

Twin towns – sister cities

Ísafjarðarbær is twinned with: [1]

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