This is an archived release.
Stable population figures at Svalbard
On 1 July 2013, 2 195 persons were registered as living in the Norwegian settlements at Svalbard. Seven of these have lived there since the 1960s.
|2nd half year 2013|
|2 195||1 271||924|
|20-44 years||1 068||609||459|
|67 years or older||28||20||8|
In addition to the 2 195 living in the Norwegian settlements, 493 lived in the Russian settlements, and 10 were living at Hornsund, a permanent research station led by the Polish Academy of Sciences. The number of Norwegians living at Svalbard and of those living in the Russian settlements has been stable in recent years, while the number of foreign citizens living in the Norwegian settlements has increased from 300 to 450 since 2009. A total of 2 700 persons now live permanently at Svalbard, the highest number since 1997.
58 per cent men
In the Norwegian settlements, there are more male adults than female adults, and particularly so among those 50 years and over. Sixty per cent of those also registered on the Norwegian mainland are men.
Many from the northern counties, and many Thai women
Thirty-nine per cent of the men and 34 per cent of the women also registered as living on the Norwegian mainland have their address in one of the two northern counties of Nordland or Troms. Fifty-two per cent of the foreign citizens in the Norwegian settlements are women, and a third of these come from Thailand. Twenty per cent of those living in the Norwegian settlements are foreign nationals. Most of the 493 living in the Russian settlements are Ukrainian citizens. A total of 477 live in Barentsburg and 16 live in Pyramiden.
Few long-term residents
Of those living in the Norwegian settlements, 7 have been living at Svalbard since the 1960s, 32 since the 1970s (12 of them women) and 73 since the 1980s (28 of them women). These constitute a clear minority, only five per cent, of those living at Svalbard per 1 July. A total of 974 persons or 44 per cent have arrived since 1 January 2010.
Mainly migration, but also reproduction
In the first half of 2013, 12 children were born to parents (mothers) living in the Norwegian settlements at Svalbard. A total of 160 moved to Svalbard and 127 moved away. Over the last 12 months, 20 children have been born, 379 people have moved to Svalbard and 384 have moved away.