The small, sparsely populated country of Iceland has only about 2.8 people for each of its 100,250 square kilometers. It is 147th in the world in arable and permanent cropland, with only 7,000 hectares, and 120th for agricultural labor as a percentage of the total labor force, at 8.2 percent.
But it is in the top 25 in the world in number of workers per hectare of cropland, with 1.9, and, strangely, eighth in the world in tractors per capita with a rate of over 32,000 tractors per million people. There are 9,019 tractors in the country, or almost 1.3 per arable hectare, the highest concentration of tractors in the world. That’s about two-thirds of a tractor for each agricultural worker.
All of which helps explain why Iceland is 2nd in the world in cereal production per capita.