Further increase in emigration
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The statistics show population changes per quarter. The population grew by 13 600 in the 2nd quarter to a total of 5 236 800 as per 1 July.

PopulationQ2 2016



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Further increase in emigration

The population grew by 13 600 in the 2nd quarter to a total of 5 236 800 as per 1 July. Out- migration during the 2nd quarter reached new heights, but net migration from abroad saw a further increase of 1 000 compared to the corresponding quarter last year.

Population and changes during quarter. Number
2nd quarter 20162nd quarter 2015Changes from same period previous year
Population at the beginning of the quarter5 223 2565 176 99846 258
Births15 81215 8075
Deaths9 5329 655-123
Excess of births6 2806 152128
Immigration15 65214 1031 549
Emigration8 3627 818544
Net migration, immigration and emigration incl7 2906 2851 005
Population growth13 57012 4371 133
Population at the end of the quarter5 236 8265 189 43547 391

The 13 600 growth in population is 1 100 higher than in the 2nd quarter last year. The increase is due to a larger growth in in-migration than out-migration. In addition, we saw a small growth in the excess of births of 100. This was due to fewer deaths in the 2nd quarter this year compared to the corresponding quarter last year.

The number of in-migrations from abroad increased by just over 1 500 compared to the 2nd quarter last year, which is due to the fact that asylum seekers who came last year are now included in the figures for immigrants. At the same time, the number of out-migrations rose by 500. Compared to the first 6 months last year we still see a decrease of 800 in the population growth so far this year. This is due to a relatively large decline in the in-migration in the 1st quarter this year compared to the corresponding quarter last year. So far this year we have a decline of 1 900 in the net migration from abroad, while the excess of births has risen by 1 100.

Large in-migration from Syria

Net migration of citizens from Eastern Europe, who mainly immigrate due to labour, is slowing down, while net migration from countries with conflicts is increasing. In the 2nd quarter, 2 900 in-migrations of Syrian citizens were registered. We also saw a large increase in the immigration of Eritrean citizens. Very few citizens from these countries emigrated. The immigration of Poles and Lithuanians continues to slow down. Simultaneously, we still see quite a few emigrations of citizens from these countries.

Second-quarter net migration from Sweden has been negative ever since 2011. It was not until 2015 that we started to see negative figures for this group in some of the other quarters. However, in the first quarter of 2016 we once again saw a positive figure of 58 more in-migrations than out-migrations from Sweden, while 271 more Swedish citizens left than came to Norway in the 2nd quarter.

Population growth in all counties

All counties in Norway had a growth in population in the 2nd quarter. This was mainly due to the in-migration surplus from abroad. However, the excess of births is now contributing relatively more to the population growth than was the case some years ago. In five counties, the excess of births contributed more to the population growth than the net migration.

Short-term stays and asylum seekersOpen and readClose

Persons who stay in Norway for less than 6 months are not included in the figures. Asylum seekers are included when they are granted a residence permit. Figures for asylum seekers can be found on the UDI website.

Clearing-up in the Central Population RegisterOpen and readClose

The Tax Administration continuously updates the Central Population Register to reflect the status of persons who no longer live in Norway. These updates have been standard practice in recent years.

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