This is an archived release.
Lowest number of births since 1987
The number of births went down markedly last year, from 59 000 to 56 700 births, according to preliminary figures from Statistics Norway. This is the largest decrease since the 1970s, and the lowest number of births since 1987. Approximately 4 524 000 persons were living in Norway at the beginning of 2002.
The population grew by 20 400 in 2001. This growth was due to an excess of births of 12 500 and an immigration surplus of 7 900.
Norway's birth surplus was more than double the average of the EU countries. In Europe Iceland and Ireland had a substantially higher natural growth than Norway, while the Netherlands, France and Luxembourg had slightly higher growth.
The statistics is published with Population.