Public and welfare services are highly developed in Iceland, providing multiple services and assistance to its citizens. Life expectancy in Iceland is more than 80 years of age, ranking in the top 20 worldwide. Infant mortality rates are the lowest in Europe.
Akureyri Hospital is the second largest hospital in Iceland. Defined as a high tech hospital it has state of the art surgeries, intensive care and emergency services. A helipad is located by the hospital and Akureyri is defined as the centre for ambulance flights in Iceland. Akureyri Hospital is the only hospital in Iceland in the process of obtaining an international accreditation for its operations. Tha is expected to be granted in 2015. The hospital is also teaching hospital and as a knowledge organization it takes pride in teaching and research in health care sciences. Health Clinics also exist in most towns in Eyjafjordur i.e. Dalvik, Olafsfjordur, Siglufjordur and Grenivik. Furthermore, Akureyri Medical Centre is a private clinic with experts with diverse specialties and in-house surgical capabilities.