Large population for mid-winter
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The population statistics for Svalbard provide figures on Svalbard residents. The inhabitants of the Norwegian settlements are broken down by age, sex and background outside Svalbard. Updated figures are also given for births, deaths, in-migration and out-migration for the Norwegian settlements.

Population of Svalbard1 January 2015



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Large population for mid-winter

Svalbard had a total of 2 670 inhabitants at the turn of the year. The high population in both the Norwegian and Russian settlements simultaneously means that the population is at its largest since 2009.

Population in the Norwegian settlements of Svalbard, by sex and age
1st half year 20151
11. halvår is defined as 1 January. 2. halvår is defined as 1 July.
Total2 1851 260925
0 years19127
1-5 years1327953
6-12 years1768987
13-15 years593425
16-19 years703931
20-44 years1 112625487
45-66 years585359226
67 years or older32239
Figure 1. Population in the settlements. Svalbard

The dismissals at Store Norske have not yet had any noticeable impact on the population size of Svalbard. There are now 2 185 residents in the Norwegian settlements, where the number of foreigners has reached almost 500 and constitutes 23 per cent of the population. The number of Norwegians has also grown, as has the number in the Russian settlements. The Russian settlements have 471 residents and there are 10 people living at the Polish research station at Hornsund.

The Norwegian settlements have residents from 44 different countries, including Norway. The Thais (107) and Swedes (101) are the two largest groups of foreigners by a large margin.

More moved to Svalbard than left in second half of 2014

The population of the Norwegian settlements varies considerably throughout the seasons. More people move both to and from Svalbard during the second half of the year than the first. Around 150 people normally leave Svalbard during the first half of the year, and between 250 and 300 during the second half. The inward migration does not follow any similar kind of pattern, however more people moved away from Svalbard than to Svalbard during the second half of the year up to 2014. Then, for the first time, the inward migration was higher than the outward migration.