This is an archived release.
Largest population increase ever
Norway's population increased with 40 900 persons in 2006 and reached 4 681 100 by the turn of the year. This is the largest annual increase ever registered, 1 700 more than in 1946, the year before 2006 with the largest growth.
Whereas the 1946 growth was due to surplus of births, in 2006 42 per cent - 17 300 - of the growth was due to birth surplus, while 58 per cent was due to net immigration.
The relative population increase was 0.88 per cent in 2006, the highest since 1957. The immigration reached 45 800, the highest figure ever registered and 14 per cent higher than the previous year. 22 100 emigrations were registered, the same level as the year before. 58 500 were born and 41 200 died during 2006.
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 are now published as final figures in February. Earlier, Statistics Norway published preliminary figures at first. This change in publishing routines has been 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 2007 and 1 January 2006. Correspondingly, the population increase in the fourth quarter is the difference between the populations per 1 January 2007 and the population 1 October 2006.
The population 1 January 2007 is now published by sex and age. Figures for the municipalities, counties and the whole country, distributed by one-year age groups and sex, can be found in the Statbank Norway, and tables with figures by sex and different age groups for municipalities, counties and the whole country are available at http://www.ssb.no/folkemengde_en/ . Further on the population will be published 8 March.
The total numbers for births, deaths and migrations in 2006 are available for municipalities, counties and the whole country. Tabulations for migration by citizenship is available on request.
More complementary statistics on births, deaths, internal migrations, and immigration and emigration, will be published on 19 April, 26 April and 3 May respectively.
At this point main figures will be published for marriages, divorces and separations for counties and the whole country, http://www.ssb.no/ekteskap_en/ . More detailed information on these topics will be available 30 August.
Poles the largest group of immigrants
Compared to 2005, there were 5 700 more immigrations and 300 more emigrations in 2006, increasing the migration surplus by 5 300 to a total of 23 700. Polish citizens contributed most to the surplus with 6 800 more immigrations than emigrations last year. They were followed by Germans, Swedes, Lithuanians and Somalians, all contributing with between 1 600 and 1 000 more immigrations than emigrations each. Totally, 7 400 Polish citizens migrated to Norway last year, compared to 600 in 2003.
The total number of immigrations last year was 45 800, the highest figure ever registered. In 2005, the figure was 40 200, in 2004 36 500.
17 300 more births than deaths
Last year 58 500 children were born in the Norway, while 41 200 persons died. The number of children born is the highest since 2000, whereas the number of deaths is similar to those from the last years.
More than 400 000 inhabitants in Rogaland
In 2006, Rogaland county rounded 400 000 inhabitants. 22.6 per cent of Norway’s total population now live in Oslo and Akershus, 18.4 per cent in Rogaland and Hordaland.
Highest natural increase in Oslo
Except for Hedmark, Oppland and Telemark all counties saw an excess of births over deaths, as in the previous year. The highest natural increase was found for Oslo, with 4 700 more births than deaths.
The statistics is published with Population.