Selfoss town, the largest town in south Iceland outside the capital area, with a population close to 6500 inhabitants is a prosperous modern town. It started developing in 1891, when a suspension bridge was built across Ölfusa river that runs past the community. The bridge made the town a logical centre for services for the surrounding agricultural region. It is today the administrative seat of the region. The town has an outdoor swimming pool with steam baths and hot tubs. There are galleries and a cinema and town has a large hospital and a health care center, great variety of shops, two comprehensive schools and a college. Many restaurants and cafés are found in Selfoss. The largest dairy in Iceland is in Selfoss. At the outskirts of the town there is a 9 hole golf course.