The Central Bank of Iceland kept its seven-day term deposit rate at a record low of 0.75% during its March 2021 meeting. Policymakers said that the economic contraction in 2020 (-6.6%) was smaller than the Bank forecast in February (-7.7%), as economic activity in Q4 turned out stronger than projected, and the contraction in the first three quarters of the year was somewhat smaller than previous figures had indicated. Meantime, recent surveys and high-frequency indicators suggest a continuing recovery in 2021, although the outlook is still highly dependent on the evolution of the pandemic and the pace of vaccination. The Committee also noted that inflation slowed to 4.1% in February and it is expected to start to ease this spring, although the near-term outlook has probably deteriorated since February, in particular as global oil and commodity prices have risen recently. Furthermore, inflation expectations have risen slightly. source: Central Bank of Iceland

Interest Rate in Iceland averaged 6.93 percent from 1998 until 2021, reaching an all time high of 18 percent in October of 2008 and a record low of 0.75 percent in November of 2020. This page provides - Iceland Interest Rate - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. Iceland Interest Rate - data, historical chart, forecasts and calendar of releases - was last updated on May of 2021.

Interest Rate in Iceland is expected to be 0.75 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Interest Rate in Iceland to stand at 1.25 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Iceland Interest Rate is projected to trend around 2.00 percent in 2022 and 2.50 percent in 2023, according to our econometric models.

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Iceland Interest Rate

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
0.75 0.75 18.00 0.75 1998 - 2021 percent Daily


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2020-10-07 08:55 AM CBI Interest Rate Decision 1% 1% 1%
2020-11-18 08:55 AM CBI Interest Rate Decision 0.75% 1% 1%
2021-02-03 08:30 AM CBI Interest Rate Decision 0.75% 0.75% 0.75%
2021-03-24 08:40 AM CBI Interest Rate Decision 0.75% 0.75% 0.75%
2021-05-19 08:55 AM CBI Interest Rate Decision 0.75% 0.75%
2021-08-25 08:55 AM CBI Interest Rate Decision
2021-08-25 09:00 AM Monetary Bulletin
2021-09-29 09:00 AM Financial Stability Report


News Stream
Iceland Holds Interest Rate Steady at 0.75%
The Central Bank of Iceland kept its seven-day term deposit rate at a record low of 0.75% during its March 2021 meeting. Policymakers said that the economic contraction in 2020 (-6.6%) was smaller than the Bank forecast in February (-7.7%), as economic activity in Q4 turned out stronger than projected, and the contraction in the first three quarters of the year was somewhat smaller than previous figures had indicated. Meantime, recent surveys and high-frequency indicators suggest a continuing recovery in 2021, although the outlook is still highly dependent on the evolution of the pandemic and the pace of vaccination. The Committee also noted that inflation slowed to 4.1% in February and it is expected to start to ease this spring, although the near-term outlook has probably deteriorated since February, in particular as global oil and commodity prices have risen recently. Furthermore, inflation expectations have risen slightly.
2021-03-24
Iceland Holds Interest Rate Steady at 0.75%
The Central Bank of Iceland kept its seven-day term deposit rate at a record low of 0.75% during its February 2021 meeting. Policymakers said that the economic contraction in 2020 is now projected to be smaller than the Bank forecast in November, as domestic demand appears to have been stronger than it was previously assumed. For 2021, the outlook is also for domestic demand to grow more than previously projected, whereas the outlook for exports has deteriorated. The Committee also noted that inflation rose in January, measuring 4.3%, as the exchange rate pass-through from the depreciation of the króna still weighs heavily in imported goods prices. At the same time, domestic goods prices have risen as well, to some extent reflecting strong domestic demand. The outlook is for inflation to measure 3.9% in Q1/2021 but then fall relatively quickly over the course of the year, as there is still a sizeable slack in the economy and the króna has appreciated in recent months.
2021-02-03
Iceland Cuts Rates to New Low of 0.75%
The central bank of Iceland cut its key bank rate by 25bps to a new record low of 0.75% on November 18th 2020. Policymakers noticed that the autumn surge in COVID-19 cases and the tightened public health measures have weakened the economic rebound that began in Q3, following a historically large contraction in Q2. The economic outlook has therefore deteriorated, and the central bank expects the GDP to shrink by 8.5% this year, a full 1 percentage point more than was forecasted in August. GDP growth is projected to be weaker in 2021 as well.
2020-11-18
Iceland Keeps Interest Rate Steady at 1%
The Central Bank of Iceland kept its seven-day term deposit rate at a record low of 1 percent during its October 2020 meeting, following four consecutive rate cuts earlier this year. The central bank said GDP growth was slightly stronger than forecasted in the first half of the year although other indicators suggest that demand growth eased in late summer. Because of increased spread of the coronavirus, the economic outlook has deteriorated relative to the August forecast, policymakers added. Uncertainty is pronounced, however, and economic developments will depend to a considerable degree on the path the pandemic takes.
2020-10-07

Iceland Interest Rate
In Iceland, the benchmark interest rate is set by the board of Governors of the Central Bank of Iceland (Seðlabanki Íslands). The main interest rate is the seven-day term deposit rate since May 2014. Previously the Bank’s key rate was the rate on its collateralised loans to financial institutions, but in the wake of the crisis the interest rate on the Bank’s deposits had greater influence on money market, as demand for Central Bank loans had been limited. Therefore the Bank’s key interest rate is the rate on seven-day term deposits.