Lowest number of births since 1987
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Population and population change1 January 2002



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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.

Excess of births, net migration and population growth, by quarter. 1. quarter 1990-4. quarter 2001

Net migration. Internal and from abroad as a percentage of population 4. quarter 2001

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.