This is an archived release.
Continued population growth
The Norwegian population increased by 6 300 persons during the 1 quarter of 2002. 2/3 of this growth was due to net immigration from abroad. The birth rates are slowly decreasing, compared with the 1s t quarter last year the number of births have dropped by 500. The birth rates have not been lower since the 1980s.
The total population by 1s t of April 2002 was 4 530 400 persons.
Roughly 9 100 persons immigrated to Norway during the 1s t quarter of 2002 whereas 4 700 persons migrated. This equals a net immigration of 4 400 persons, three times as many as in the corresponding quarter last year. Persons with Iraqi, Russian and Iranian citizenship comprised the highest share. However, it should be noted that figures for a single quarter are vulnerable of random variation and can not alone work as basis for decisions.
Lower birth surplus
A combination of fewer births and more deaths caused a decrease in the birth surplus by 900 compared with the same period last year. The figures for births and deaths in the 1s t period were 13 800 and 11 800 respectively. The birth figures have not been this low since the late 1980s. The birth surplus was highest in Akershus, Rogaland, Oslo and Hordaland. In Hedmark, Oppland, Telemark, Buskerud, Vestfold and Østfold there was a higher number of deaths than births, which is notably more counties than earlier years.
whereas the Swedish have a deficit
The number of births increased in Sweden last quarter for the first time during the last years. However, the Swedes still have a birth deficit of 1 400 persons, according to Statistics Sweden. Sweden has however a lower birth rate per woman than Norway, and somewhat more deaths due to a higher share of old people. In fact Norway had a higher population growth than Sweden in the 1s t quarter. The population growth in Sweden was 5 200 persons, approximately 1 100 lower than in Norway.
Half the growth in Oslo and Akershus
As last year, more than half of the population growth was in Oslo and Akershus. Also Rogaland, Hordaland and Sør-Trøndelag had a growth well above average. High immigration led to growth in Østfold, Vestfold and Buskerud in spite of a birth deficit in these counties.7 out of 19 counties saw a decrease in the population. Nordland had the largest decrease in the population with a loss of nearly 300 persons.
Asker and Skien over 50 000
During the 1st quarter the municipalities of Asker and Skien passed 50 000 inhabitants. In total, Norway has 12 municipalities with more than 50 000 inhabitants.
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