According to investigation by Snopes.com, this rumour began in late June 2016, after a number of unreliable web sites in Africa and elsewhere published articles stating that the Nordic country of Iceland is experiencing a shortage of men, and has thus offered a stipend of $5,000 per month to immigrants willing to marry Icelandic women.
The first of these notorious websites to carry the story, was a blog called The Spirit Whispers, where someone posted a barely decipherable article.
As it turned out, many male readers were, in fact, interested in the offer and did not stop at leaving a comment. “Over at least the past week now,” the Icelandic web site The Reykjavík Grapevine reported on 1 July 2016, “numerous Icelandic women on Facebook have attested to being practically spammed with friend requests from non-Icelandic men that they do not know.”
The web site labeled the immigrant invite a hoax, pointing out that according to the latest population data, Iceland has a surfeit of men, not women, and the Icelandic government has never offered grants to immigrants for marrying Icelanders, regardless of gender.
The Danish embassy in Egypt, which handles Icelandic affairs in the region, apparently became so fed up with inquiries from men wanting to take part in the scheme that officials posted a disavowal of the rumor on Facebook: