More births - less immigration
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Population and population changeQ1 2004



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More births - less immigration

Following three years of falling birth figures, the number of newborns was 800 higher in the first quarter of 2004 than in the same period last year. One in four newborns were born in Oslo and Akershus.

Live births. First quarter 1987-2004.

Net migration. Internal and from abroad, as a percentage of population. First quarter 2004.

There were 14 350 live births and 11 250 deaths in the first quarter of 2004, compared with 13 600 and 11 300 in the first quarter of 2003. The natural growth of 3 100 is 900 higher than in the same period last year and has not been higher since 1996. It must be noted, however, that figures for one quarter may be affected by random variations.

Less immigration

In the first quarter of this year 7 500 persons moved to Norway and 5 500 moved from Norway, compared with 8 800 and 5 400 in the same period last year. The net migration is thus 1 400 lower than in the same period last year and has not been lower in the first three months of the year since 1997. All counties except Vestfold experienced net migration from abroad. The figures from one quarter are often influenced by variations and the immigration authorities' priorities.

The highest immigration flows of foreign citizens were from Liberia, Somalia, Germany and Thailand. Norwegian citizens had the highest emigration figure, as 2 100 moved from Norway and 1 900 moved to Norway. Emigration was also higher than immigration among Iraqis (200 against 100).

The largest internal migration flows were to Oslo and Akershus.

Excess of births, net migration and population growth, by quarter. 1990-2004.

Population growth of 5 100

The preliminary total population figure per 1 April 2004 is 4 582 600. The natural increase of 3 100 and the net migration of 2 000 result in a population growth of 5 100 in the first quarter of 2004.


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Population figures as of 1 July 2004 and changes in the second quarter will be published 19 August 2004.