This is an archived release.
More births - less immigration
During the first three quarters of 2003 the Norwegian population increased by 20 700 people. Norway's population counted 4 573 000 inhabitants on 1 October. The excess of birth contributed more to the increase than immigration from abroad. So far this year, immigration is lower and emigration higher than in the same period last year.
The population growth was compounded by an excess of birth of 11 500 - 43 100 births minus 31 600 deaths- and a net immigration of 9 150 - 28 300 immigrants minus 19 150 emigrants. The excess of birth made up 0.25 per cent of the population growth, and the net immigration represented 0.20 per cent. Compared with the same period last year the excess of birth has increased by 1 800, while the net immigration was down by 4 400 persons.
Most births in Oslo - most deaths in Hedmark
In the first three quarters of 2003 the highest birth rate was found in Oslo, Rogaland and Akershus, with 12, 11, and 10 births per 1 000 inhabitants respectively. The birth rate was lowest in Hedmark with only 8 births per 1 000 inhabitants. At the same time most people died in Hedmark and Oppland - in proportion to the counties' inhabitants.
Somalis and Russians move to Norway - Serbs move out
The highest net immigration to Norway was found among citizens from Somalia - 1 400 and Russia - 1 300. About 1 600 Somalis moved to Norway during the last three quarters, whereas 200 moved out.
Persons from Serbia and Montenegro had the highest net emigration so far this year - with 200.. Iraqis made up the fourth largest group of foreign emigrants. 650 moved from Norway. They. Nevertheless, their net immigration still was at about 300.
The statistics is published with Population.