This is an archived release.
Population increased with 33 900 in 2005
Norway's population increased with 33 900 persons in 2005 and Norway had by the turn of the year 4 640 200 inhabitants. Compared with the last fifty years, only the population increase in 1999 was nearly as high as in 2005. The high population growth was influenced by a high amount of immigrations in 2005.
The relative population increase of 0,73 per cent in 2005, was on the other hand lower than in the decades just after World War 2. 40 100 persons moved to Norway from abroad in 2005, while 21 700 emigrated. The natural increase was 15 500, and with a few years exception in the 1990s, the highest since 1975.
Change in publishing routines - final figures are ready
Figures for the Norwegian population by the turn of the year and changes for the previous calendar year will from now on be published as final figures in February. Earlier, Statistics Norway published preliminary figures at first. This change in publishing routines is possible because Statistics Norway now is able to carry through necessary controlling of the data earlier than before.
This also implicates that the population increase in a calendar year can be computed by the difference between the populations per 1. January 2006 and 1. January 2005. Corresponding, the population increase in the fourth quarter is the difference between the populations per 1. January 2006 and the population 1. October 2005.
Last year, when Statistics Norway published preliminary figures for the population (for both calendar year and quarter), the preliminary population increase was computed as the sum of the natural increase - defined as the excess of births over deaths - and the net immigration - immigrations minus emigrations.
These two methods should actually result in the same figure, but experience showed that we had deviations between these figures every year due to delays in the arrival of some of the data. The deviation for 2005, which shows particularly in the statistics for the fourth quarter of 2005, was 535. 400 of these are due to our routine to compute preliminary figures for deaths. The final figure for deaths as shown in table 2 is correct, while the sum for all four quarters for deaths is too high.
We continue to take changes in the population which happened in one calendar year but which have not been registered by the Central Population Register within 31.January the year after, into account of the following calendar year.
The population first of January 2006 is distributed on sex and age. Figures for the municipalities, counties and the whole country, distributive at one-year age groups and sex, can be found in the Statbank Norway, and tables with figures with sex and different age groups for municipalities, counties and the whole country are available at Population statistics. Population by age, sex, marital status and citizenship. 1 January 2006 .The rest of the tables will be published 9t h of March.
The total numbers for births, deaths and migrations in 2005 are available for municipalities, counties and the whole country. The numbers for migration distributed after citizenship can be available paid commission.
A more complementary statistics about births, deaths, internal migrations, and immigration and emigration, will be published respectively 6.t h of April 27t h of April and 30t h of March.
At this point main figures will be published for divorces, separations and marriages for counties and the whole country, Population statistics. Marriages and divorces . More detailed information about the topics will be available September 1.
Compared with 2004, there were 3 700 more immigrations and 1 600 fewer emigrations in 2005, increasing the migration surplus by 5 300 to a total of 18 400. Polish citizens contributed most to the surplus with 2 900 more immigrations than emigrations last year. Then follow Iraqi, Germans and Russians, all with more than 1 000 immigrations than emigrations.
The total number of immigrations last year was 40 100. Only 2002 and 1999 saw similar high figures, with 40 100 and 41 800 immigrations respectively.
Last year 56 750 children were born in Norway, while 41 200 persons died. These figures are more or less similar to those from 2004.
More than 500 000 inhabitants in Akershus
During the 4t h quarter of 2004, Akershus county has rounded 500 000 inhabitants. Now 22 per cent of Norways total population live in Oslo and Akershus.
Except for Hedmark, Oppland and Telemark all counties saw an excess of births over deaths. The highest natural increase was found in Oslo, with 4 200 more births than deaths.
The statistics is published with Population.