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Key figures

21 349

net migration to Norway in 2017

In-migration and out-migration, by citizenship
20172016
ImmigrationEmigrationNet immigrationNet immigration
Total58 19236 84321 34926 076
Norway8 41810 220-1 802-1 702
Foreign49 77426 62323 15127 778
 
EU28/EEA countries (including Norway)30 61130 306305587
European countries outside EU28/EEA2 4266121 8141 672
Africa4 5968913 7054 671
Asia including Turkey17 6943 78913 90517 725
North America1 098718380166
South and Central America965347618373
Oceania2271458211
 
Selected citizenship
Syria6 962886 87411 184
Poland5 2144 5186961 174
Lithuania2 7422 19754577
Sweden2 1852 628-443-788
Latvia6896286152
Eritrea2 098852 0132 610
Germany1 1571 302-145-307
Somalia557200357689
Afghanistan1 1141101 0042 099
Philippines1 8841 009875766
Iceland359835-476-373

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Table 1 
All migrations, internal and immigration/emigration, by county

All migrations, internal and immigration/emigration, by county1
2017
In-migrationEmigrationNet-migration
All migrationFrom abroadInternalAll migrationTo abroadInternalAll migrationFrom abroadInternal
1Except migration between municipalities within the county
The whole country208 88258 192150 690187 53336 843150 69021 34921 3490
Østfold10 5082 0758 4338 2321 4676 7652 2766081 668
Akershus33 7395 99327 74626 2874 48521 8027 4521 5085 944
Oslo43 86612 98330 88342 7629 50333 2591 1043 480-2 376
Hedmark7 0231 4855 5385 8538115 0421 170674496
Oppland6 8221 4485 3746 0786565 422744792-48
Buskerud11 7872 8988 88910 1441 9548 1901 643944699
Vestfold9 5812 3187 2637 7271 5166 2111 8548021 052
Telemark5 3941 5813 8135 0997514 348295830-535
Aust-Agder4 0718823 1893 6745633 11139731978
Vest-Agder7 5041 9285 5765 6859874 6981 819941878
Rogaland10 7414 7965 94512 1634 0208 143-1 422776-2 198
Hordaland13 7424 9828 76013 4443 6089 8362981 374-1 076
Sogn og Fjordane3 4281 3372 0913 5995953 004-171742-913
Møre og Romsdal6 7372 5324 2056 6251 3415 2841121 191-1 079
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)12 6663 7008 96610 2811 9238 3582 3851 777608
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)4 6271 3823 2454 1604123 748467970-503
Nordland7 3362 7204 6166 8969195 9774401 801-1 361
Troms - Romsa6 3392 1254 2145 8118754 9365281 250-722
Finnmark - Finnmárku2 9711 0271 9443 0134572 556-42570-612

Table 2 
Immigration and emigration. Total, Norwegian and foreign citizenship.

Immigration and emigration. Total, Norwegian and foreign citizenship.
Immigration, totalEmigration, totalNet migration, totalNorwegian citizens, immigrationNorwegian citizens, emigrationForeign citizens, immigrationForeign citizens, emigration
196512 14814 021-1 8735 7908 9176 3585 104
196612 44613 391-9456 0328 3746 4145 017
196715 37913 0222 3577 1188 0578 2614 965
196815 35013 6441 7066 8487 5328 5026 112
196915 64113 5262 1156 5497 4219 0926 105
197017 38318 352-9697 55811 4189 8256 934
197119 29712 6826 6158 4027 45410 8955 228
197218 38813 9654 4237 9857 36610 4036 599
197317 38313 9393 4447 4908 2239 8935 716
197419 20914 2874 9227 6918 23811 5186 049
197519 55114 7824 7697 6317 97111 9206 811
197618 95514 0664 8896 9467 24212 0096 824
197719 40314 3695 0347 5747 28911 8297 080
197818 82514 8513 9746 6427 22712 1837 624
197917 83115 0852 7466 6187 46611 2137 619
198018 77614 7054 0716 9437 41711 8337 288
198119 69814 5225 1766 6377 27013 0617 252
198220 46814 7285 7406 4787 51013 9907 218
198320 06315 7784 2856 9737 82313 0907 955
198419 68815 9273 7616 8518 31012 8377 617
198521 85815 6306 2286 9528 10814 9067 522
198624 19616 7457 4517 6628 32116 5348 424
198731 14917 38013 7697 3568 78923 7938 591
198829 96419 82110 1436 92310 50123 0419 320
198925 84727 300-1 4537 46316 73718 38410 563
199025 49423 7841 7109 80014 01615 6949 768
199126 28318 2388 04510 2099 88116 0748 357
199226 74316 8019 9429 5818 74417 1628 057
199331 71118 90312 8089 4168 45222 29510 451
199426 91119 4757 4369 0449 89217 8679 583
199525 67819 3126 3669 19610 32016 4828 992
199626 40720 5905 8179 21110 55817 19610 032
199731 95721 25710 7009 93111 22322 02610 034
199836 70422 88113 8239 95710 87626 74712 005
199941 84122 84218 9999 61110 15232 23012 690
200036 54226 8549 6888 75711 92327 78514 931
200134 26426 3097 9558 85211 09325 41215 216
200240 12222 94817 1749 33410 67530 78812 273
200335 95724 67211 2859 17010 32726 78714 345
200436 48223 27113 2118 6189 41527 86413 856
200540 14821 70918 4398 7939 08131 35512 628
200645 77622 05323 7238 3519 56337 42512 490
200761 77422 12239 6528 2768 79853 49813 324
200866 96123 61543 3468 1408 45758 82115 158
200965 18626 54938 6378 5048 16856 68218 381
201073 85231 50642 3468 7879 01065 06522 496
201179 49832 46647 0328 7399 58370 75922 883
201278 57031 22747 3438 5589 92970 01221 298
201375 78935 71640 0738 85510 68066 93425 036
201470 03031 87538 1558 6018 55561 42923 320
201567 27637 47429 8028 20810 09059 06825 844
201666 80040 72426 0768 2929 99458 50830 730
201758 19236 84321 3498 41810 22049 77426 623

Table 3 
Internal migration. Total between municipalities

Internal migration. Total between municipalities
TotalPer 1000 mean population
2008198 87741.7
2009200 49441.5
2010214 68543.9
2011226 36145.7
2012230 34345.9
2013234 79546.2
2014237 86146.3
2015245 73547.3
2016241 36246.1
2017248 52847.1

Table 4 
Internal in-, out- and net migration. Selected municipalities

Internal in-, out- and net migration. Selected municipalities
20172008 - 2017
In-migrationOut-migrationNet migrationNet migration
Oslo municipality30 88333 259-2 376-7 268
Stavanger5 4146 028-614-7 244
Bergen9 83810 658-820-2 404
Trondheim (-2017)9 1998 4497504 255
Tromsø3 1172 954163-487

Table 5 
Internal migration

Internal migration
NumberPer 1000 mean population
200720122017200720122017
1According to the boundaries each year
2Oslo and Akershus are here considered as one county
3Eastern Norway (Østfold, Akershus, Oslo, Hedmark, Oppland, Buskerud, Vestfold and Telemark). Agder-Rogaland (Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder and Rogaland). Western Norway (Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane and Møre og Romsdal). Trøndelag (Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag). Northern Norway (Nordland, Troms Romsa and Finnmark Finnmárku)
4Regions: Akershus/ Oslo (Akershus and Oslo). Hedmark/Oppland (Hedmark and Oppland). South Eastern Norway (Østfold, Buskerud, Vestfold and Telemark). Agder-Rogaland (Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder and Rogaland). Western Norway (Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane and Møre og Romsdal). Trøndelag (Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag). Northern Norway (Nordland, Troms Romsa and Finnmark Finnmárku)
Between municipalities1210 679230 343248 52844.745.947.1
Within counties2101 794110 128123 18021.621.923.3
Between five regions354 41858 26165 38811.611.612.4
Between seven regions484 14690 784101 82217.918.119.3

Table 6 
Internal net migration. Region

Internal net migration. Region1
20172008 - 2017
1Regions: Akershus/ Oslo (Akershus and Oslo). Hedmark/Oppland (Hedmark and Oppland). South Eastern Norway (Østfold, Buskerud, Vestfold and Telemark). Agder-Rogaland (Aust-Agder, Vest-Agder and Rogaland). Western Norway (Hordaland, Sogn og Fjordane and Møre og Romsdal). Trøndelag (Sør-Trøndelag and Nord-Trøndelag). Northern Norway (Nordland, Troms Romsa and Finnmark Finnmárku)
Oslo and Akershus3 56828 815
Hedmark and Oppland448-3 332
Sør-Østlandet2 88422 720
Agder and Rogaland-1 242-5 424
Vestlandet-3 068-16 801
Trøndelag1051 903
Nord-Norge-2 695-27 881

About the statistics

The statistics show the extent of immigration to and emigration from Norway, as well as the numbers moving within and between Norwegian municipalities and counties. A person who moves several times during the calendar year is counted the corresponding number of times.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Resident: Who is regarded as a resident of Norway and where in Norway a person shall be counted as a resident, is stipulated in the Population Registration Act of 16 January 1970. The regulations to the act were amended effective 1 February 1980.               

The following main points from the registration rules decide who is regarded as a resident of Norway:

Persons from countries outside the Nordic countries are regarded as residents of Norway when they have lived here or intend to live here at least 6 months, even though the stay is temporary. The same six-month rule applies to migration from Norway to a country outside the Nordic countries.               

The aforementioned six-month rule does not always apply to migration between Norway and another Nordic country. In Denmark, for example, a person is registered as a resident if the person intends to stay in the country at least 3 months. The same limit is used for out-migration. In Sweden and Finland the limit is one year. For persons who come/move to Norway from another Nordic country, the six-month rule is still valid, as residence is decided by the country of immigration's rules, cf. the Nordic agreement on inter-Nordic migration dated 8 May 1989. This agreement replaced a similar agreement from 5 December 1968.               

People living in Svalbard, on Jan Mayen or in Norwegian dependencies who on departure were registered in the population register of a Norwegian municipality shall still be counted as residents of that municipality. The same rules apply to people on the Norwegian continental shelf.               

Norwegian foreign and consular service staff and Norwegian military personnel posted for duty abroad are counted as residents of Norway. The same applies to their families.               

Foreign staff at foreign embassies and consular services and foreign personnel attached to NATO are not counted as residents of Norway. The same applies to their families.               

The main rule for where in Norway a person is regarded as a resident is that the person resides where he/she has their regular daily rest (night's sleep). If the daily rest is taken in shifts at one or more places, the person is regarded as residing where, overall, they can be said to live on a regular basis. Spouses with a joint home and persons sharing a joint home with their children are regarded as residing in this home without regard to where they have their daily rest.               

Single persons who attend school in another municipality are as a main rule still regarded as resident of the place they lived before starting school (the residence of their parents). Similar registration principles also apply to conscripts serving their initial military service, alternative national service conscripts, prisoners, and people admitted to hospitals. Persons admitted to or placed in other institutions or private care are as a main rule regarded as residents when the stay is intended to last, or turns out to last, at least 6 months.               

From March 1987 to January 1994 asylum seekers were usually counted as immigrants and hence also as residents even though the processing of their application for residence had not been completed. Before and after this period, only asylum seekers with residence permits have been registered.

In-migration, out-migration: Migration is when one person moves from one Norwegian municipality to another or between a Norwegian municipality and abroad. If a person moves several times during the same calendar year, each move counts. In the migration figures for counties and regions moves between the municipalities in the county/region are not counted.

Net migration: The difference between in-migration and out-migration.

Rate: Events in a period divided by population. The period is often 1 year. For five year periods the tables are published with the average for the five-year period, e.g. internal migration broken down by five age groups per 1 000 mean population in the same age group.

Centralisation: Centralisation is the geographical location of a municipality compared to an urban settlements of a particular size. The level of centralisation is classified in 4 main categories, coded 3 – 0. Code 3 centralisation is achieved when the physical centre of the population of a municipality is within 75 minutes of travel from an urban settlement with a population of minimum of 50 000 inhabitants (90 minutes from Oslo). To achieve code 3, an additional requirement is that the urban settlement in question acts as a regional centre. Code 2 means a maximum travel of 60 minutes to an urban settlement with the minimum of 15 000 inhabitants. Code 1 means a maximum travel of 45 minutes to an urban settlement with the minimum of 5 000 inhabitants. The municipalities that do not fulfil any of these requirements get the code 0.

“Central municipalities” is coded 3, “Fairly central municipalities” is coded 2, “Fairly remote municipalities” is coded 1, and “Remote municipalities” is coded 0.

Standard classifications

Classification of country and citizenship in population statistics

Classification of municipalities

Classification of urban districts

Classification of municipality groups

Classification of region

Classification of centrality

Classification of economic regions

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Migrations
Topic: Population

Responsible division

Division for Population Statistics

Regional level

Country, county and municipality.

Frequency and timeliness

Annually

International reporting

Eurostat and UN

Microdata

Data files at the individual level that are processed and stored long-term.

Background

Background and purpose

The historical data on migration only cover emigration to other parts of the world (overseas countries) for the years 1825-1965. Annual total figures for emigrants are given in Historical Statistics. Norway has kept more comprehensive statistics on migration since 1951. The establishment of the population registries made it possible for Statistics Norway to prepare statistics on migration, both between Norwegian municipalities and to and from abroad. Migration is defined as change of residence. Migration within municipalities was included in the statistics for the first time in 1999. Intramunicipal migration was not included before. Statistics on migration is generally somewhat less reliable than statistics on other population changes. Due to a lack of reporting, emigration figures in particular are too low.

Users and applications

Public administration, politicians, the press and electronic media, schools and institutions involved in research on demographics and living standards, and private persons.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Migration is included in the population accounts as one of the components for understanding the changes in the Population.

The statistics Population and population changes cover the quarterly figures for migrations, but with fewer variables. Country background, country of emigration/immigration, gender, age, marital status of migrants, are only available in the Statbanktables produced for the yearly migration statistics you’re now looking at.

The migration statistics that show migration to/from Norway by foreign nationals over the course of one year can have an impact on the number of the naturalisations in Norway seven years later.

Legal authority

§§ 2-1, 2-2, 3-2

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

The statistics cover all migration registered in the course of the year between Norwegian municipalities and between a Norwegian municipality and abroad. A person who moves several times during the calendar year is counted the corresponding number of times. Migration within the municipalities was included in the statistics for the first time in 1999. From 1998 the statistics mainly cover migration that actually took place in the course of the year. Migration from the years before 1998 is included in the 1998 figures if the report was made from 1 March 1998 to 29 February 2000, i.e. too late to be included in the 1997 statistics or earlier editions.

From 1985 to 1997 the statistics covered migration that actually had taken place that year and in addition only migration from the previous year, i.e. those who were too late to be included in the statistics.

Data sources and sampling

Migration statistics are based on population register data. The figures from 1995 and later are based on the Central Population Register (DSF) at the Directorate of Taxes, while the figures for 1968-1994 are taken from its predecessor, the National Population Register (DSP). The register was built up from 1964 to 1966 on the basis of the 1960 census, at the same time as the 11-digit national identity number was introduced as identification. The Office of the National Registrar, which administrates the register, was transferred in 1991 from Statistics Norway to the Directorate of Taxes.

Since 1946 each municipality has had a local population registry that registers all residents in the municipality, pursuant to the Population Registration Act and its regulations. The population registries receive reports of births, deaths, marriages, divorces, migration etc. from various sources.

Reports of internal migration are based on reporting obligations to the population registry and to the post, immigration and emigration are based on reporting obligations to the population registry of the in-migration municipality, and to the out-migration municipality in cases of emigration. Migration reports shall be given by the person who is moving within 8 days of the move. This also applies to migration from abroad to a Norwegian municipality. Persons who leave the country are obligated to notify the out-migration municipality. Immigration and emigration shall be reported if the person intends to stay at least 6 months.

Updating of the Central Population Register is done in part by the local population registries, which are connected to the DSF via terminals, and in part by the Directorate of Taxes. The basis of the statistics on changes in the population is electronic copies to Statistics Norway of all such register updates. The reports are also used to update a separate Statistics Norway population database kept for statistical purposes, which forms the basis for the statistics on the composition of the population.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

In addition to checks made by the DSF, Statistics Norway performs checks for statistical purposes.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

If a number in a table consists of three or fewer units and disclosing these units can lead to identification of individuals, the number is rounded up or the table cell left empty.

Comparability over time and space

Because of migration surges in 1960, 1970 and 1980 the comparability is not as good for these years as for other years. In 1998 the scope of the migration that is included was changed, leading to an increase in emigration which could impact comparability.

Mergers, divisions and redrawing of the borders of regional units need to be taken into consideration if the statistics are to be compared at regional levels over time.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The migration figures for the first years the reporting routines were in use are the most uncertain. The figures for 1960 and 1970 cover a number of moves across municipal borders that took place during the preceding 10-year period, but were not discovered and registered before the population registers were checked against the 1960 and 1970 censuses. Moreover, it turned out that a number of persons registered as residing in Norway at the time of the censuses had actually moved abroad. This explains the pronounced increase in migration these two years. A somewhat similar but smaller surge in internal migration seems to apply to 1980. The higher figure this year is probably ascribable to the fact that moves that took place earlier were reported/registered in 1980 even though the population was the control source.

From March 1987 to January 1994 asylum seekers as a rule were counted as immigrants - and therefore also as residents of Norway - even though their application for a residence permit had not been completely processed. Before and after this period only asylum seekers with a residence permit were registered. Persons who leave the country without reporting that they have moved have also been a major source of error in recent years. As a result of surveys conducted in 1993, the population registries registered as having migrated abroad nearly 3 000 foreigners who had previously left Norway without reporting the move. Oslo was the most affected by the out-registration (1 600 persons). Some of this out-migration should have been spread over several years. Out-registrations were also done in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998. In 1998 nearly 1 100 persons who had left Norway before 1997 were registered as having migrated abroad. They are included in the emigration figures for 1998. Since 2012 there has been out-registrations of persons who migrated earlier years without reporting the move.

Register errors: The quality of the reports is generally very good, although the emigration figures have been somewhat low due to reporting failures.

Revision

Not relevant

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