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The Central Bank of Iceland increased its international reserves in 2019 in spite of forex interventions to stem the rapid fall of the króna in the first half of the year.

In dollar terms, the portfolio increased by 7.9% to $6.8 billion, up from $6.3 billion in 2018, said the central bank in a report published today (January 14). This performance boosted reserves to reach 28% of Iceland’s GDP, up from 26% in 2018. The portfolio now covers nine months of imports, up from eight.

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