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Immigrants’ Experiences of Happiness and Well-being in Northern Iceland

Nordicum-Mediterraneum. 2017;12(1):A3


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Journal Title: Nordicum-Mediterraneum

ISSN: 1670-6242 (Online)

Publisher: University of Akureyri

LCC Subject Category: Geography. Anthropology. Recreation: Geography (General)

Country of publisher: Iceland

Language of fulltext: French, English, Italian, Icelandic

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Stéphanie Barillé

Markus Meckl


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Editorial Board

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Time From Submission to Publication: 24 weeks


Abstract | Full Text

Our analysis reveals that well-being is higher among immigrants in northern Iceland with strong social capital and with some connections to local networks. Individuals often resort to individual rationale to explain their circumstances, their choices and their subsequent well-being. We begin the discussion by very briefly reviewing the literature on well-being and by introducing the context in which the study was realised. In the following section, we examine the relationship between feelings of well-being and the urban environment; then we explore the belief that opportunities are plentiful in this northern town, and finally look at the relationship between the social support of immigrants and their well-being.