Yes, Iceland has a stock market. I stumbled across this article at the Index Universe site. Apparently the ICEX-15 has been on fire for the last two years. They recently created an ETF based on the ICEX-15 that appear to only be available in Iceland. In fact I can’t find any way for Americans to easily access that market.
I looked through the listings of companies (the information is available in English for those of you that are not fluent in Icelandic) and two types of companies seem to dominate the roster; financials and companies one way or another associated with the fishing industry.
Iceland had GDP growth in 2004 of 5.2%, prices rose by 4.7% over the trailing twelve months (TTM), incomes rose by 6.7% TTM, unemployment is running at 2.5%, the value of fish caught rose by 11% (no joke this is in the stats). The other thing that caught my eye is that they have a very small trade deficit. The reason I think this is noteworthy is other than fish what else do they have? Either more than I think or they are selling a lot of fish, whatever the case there is demand for their goods which may mean good things can continue to happen economically which may domino to good things for the ICEX-15.
As you look at the five year chart posted above it seems to me that Iceland has a low correlation to the US, if I am right I think it is because the economy of Iceland is basically one giant food stock with little controversy. Food stocks are thought to be defensive plays. The last six years have not been great for the US but have been good for the ICEX-15. The food stock concept loses some steam because Iceland has such a small market and very little global capital would likely seek refuge there during major market downturns.
Just something interesting.