This is an archived release.
More births - fewer deaths
There were approximately 57 000 live births in Norway in 2004, an increase of 500 compared with 2003. The number of deaths was the lowest in many years - 41 600 deaths were registered, a decrease of 1 200.
At the beginning of 2005 Norway was home to 4 606 000 people. In 2004 Norway's population increased by 0.62 per cent, or 28 800. The natural increase, i.e. the excess of births over deaths, was the highest since 1996. Net migration was 13 200 and consisted of 36 500 immigrations and 23 300 emigrations.
In the fourth quarter of 2004 the population growth was 0.15 per cent. The population was 6 800 higher at the end of December than at 1 October. Net immigration was the main factor behind this growth.
Highest net immigration from Russia and Poland
Swedish citizens had the highest number of immigrants to Norway in 2004, but they were also the largest emigration group. Among foreign citizens Russians and Poles were the largest net immigration groups - with 1 700 and 1 600 respectively. They represented more than 20 per cent of the total net immigration. Russian citizens have been one of the ten largest net immigration groups since 1999, whereas net immigration from Poland doubled from 2003 to 2004. This can be attributed to Poland becoming a member of the European Union as of 1 May 2004.
The statistics is published with Population.