More than one in five in Norwegian settlements are foreigners
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Population of Svalbard1 July 2014



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More than one in five in Norwegian settlements are foreigners

Svalbard is an international society inhabited by people from most parts of the world. Foreigners in the Norwegian settlements constitute a growing share of the population of Svalbard. Those with a background from mainland Norway are still, nevertheless, by far the largest group.

Population in the Norwegian settlements of Svalbard, by sex and age
2nd half year 20141
11. halvår is defined as 1 January. 2. halvår is defined as 1 July.
Total2 1181 218900
0 years251213
1-5 years1287850
6-12 years1648777
13-15 years673532
16-19 years774136
20-44 years1 034571463
45-66 years592373219
67 years or older312110
Figure 1. Population in the settlements. Svalbard

As of 1 July, there were 2 562 inhabitants on Svalbard; 2 118 in the Norwegian settlements, 434 in the Russian settlements and 10 at the Polish research station at Hornsund. A total of 1 661 of those in the Norwegian settlements had a background from mainland Norway, and these constituted 65 per cent of the total population.

Since 1 January 2014, the population of Svalbard has grown by 16 people. The foreigners in the Norwegian settlements make up the entire increase, having increased by 19 in the half-year.

In the first six months of 2014, ten babies were born to mothers residing in the Norwegian settlements at Svalbard; nine of them had a background from mainland Norway.

A total of 167 persons moved to Svalbard during the first half-year; 61 of which were foreigners, and 158 moved away; 39 of which were foreigners. Overall, migration resulted in 22 more foreigners and 13 fewer Norwegians.

Statistics Norway has compiled statistics on foreigners – i.e. persons with no municipality of residence in mainland Norway – in the Norwegian settlements since 1 January 2009. As of 1 July 2014, this group has grown from 293 to 457 persons over the preceding five and a half years. The foreigners’ share of the population has increased from 14 percent to 22 per cent.

As of 1 July 2014, people from 44 countries were living in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund. The majority of the foreigners; 289 persons, had a background from European countries, with 95 Swedes making up the largest group. A total of 139 persons were from Asia; 107 of them Thais. Seventeen persons had come from as far afield as South America, six were from North America and five were from Australia.