This is an archived release.
Increasing population growth
The population increased by about 10 000 people in the third quarter of 2004. The population growth distributes evenly between excess of births and net migration.
The population has increased by 22 000 persons so far this year. The figures for the three first quarters last year show an increase in the population of 21 000. The primary reason to this difference compared with last year is higher excess of births. The increase in excess of births are caused by fewer births and less deaths so far this year compared with the same period last year. The last two quarters the number of deaths are lower than 10 000. So far this year the number of deaths amount to about 31 000, which is the lowest number for many years. Hedmark og Oppland were the only counties that had adversely excess of births in the third quarter, a normal situation for the two Counties. The counties of Oslo and Akershus had the highest excess of births in the third quarter.
Highest immigration from Russia
The Russians stand for the highest net migration to Norway, about 900 so far this year. The net migration from Poland and Thailand were 800 and 700 subsequently. The increase in the number of Polish immigrants can be explained by Poland becoming a member of the EU 1 May. It is the same three countries that stand for the highest immigration in the third quarter. The highest net migration of foreign citizens was from Russia (610), Poland (480) and Thailand (340).
Lower net migration so far this year
The net migration is about 9 000 persons so far this year, this is fewer compared with 2003. The internal migration pattern shows for the third quarter migration loss for the counties of Nordland, Møre og Romsdal and Troms. Akershus, Oslo and Østfold had the largest migration surplus.
Population figures as of 1 January 2004 and changes in the fourth quarter will be published 24 February 2005.
The statistics is published with Population.