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This chapter provides an up-to-date account of the situation of Muslims in Iceland. The Muslim community is made up of immigrants of diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds. According to the International Religious Freedom Report 2009, "Muslims are concentrated in the capital area". Even though the state provides for and guarantees freedom of religion, the official religion of Iceland is Lutheranism. There are two organisations that promote Muslim interests. The Association of Muslims in Iceland and the Islamic Cultural Centre of Iceland have their own houses of worship. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland operates and cares for all cemeteries, to which all the recognised religious organisations and traditions have access. The difficulty in finding halal food in Iceland is also confirmed by a question posted by a Muslim woman in a so-called live dialogue organised by the webpage IslamOnline.

Keywords: Evangelical Lutheran Church; halal food; Iceland; International Religious Freedom; Islamic Cultural Centre; Muslim community

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