This is an archived release.
Highest population increase ever
Norway's population increased by 56 000 to 4 737 200 in 2007. This is by far the highest annual increase ever recorded and 15 100 higher than in 2006, the previous year of record growth.
The relative population increase was 1.2 per cent in 2007, the highest increase since 1946. Since 1900, the relative increase has only been higher in 1917, 1920 and 1946.
Immigration totalled 61 200 in 2007, the highest figure ever recorded and 35 per cent higher than in the previous year. Emigration totalled 22 100, the same level as in 2006. 58 500 were born and 42 000 died in 2007.
The population at 1 January 2008 is published by sex and age. Figures for municipalities, counties and the country as a whole, distributed by one-year age groups and sex, are available in StatBank Norway. Furthermore, tables containing figures by sex and different age groups for municipalities, counties and the country as a whole are available on http://www.ssb.no/folkemengde_en/ . More data will be published on 13 March.
The total numbers for births, deaths and migrations in 2007 are available for municipalities, counties and the whole country. Figures for migration by citizenship are available on request.
More detailed statistics on deaths, births, internal migrations, and immigration and emigration, will be published on 10 April, 17 April and 8 May respectively.
Figures will be published for marriages, divorces and separations for counties and the whole country on 25 February, see http://www.ssb.no/ekteskap_en/ . More detailed information on these topics will be available in autumn.
Poles still largest group of immigrants
Compared to 2006, immigration and emigration rose by 16 000 and 100 respectively in 2007, resulting in an increase in the migration surplus of 15 900 to 39 700. Polish citizens contributed most to the surplus with 12 900 more immigrations than emigrations last year. They were followed by Germans, Swedes, Lithuanians, Somalis, Filipinos, Russians and Thai, each contributing with between 3 100 and 1 000 more immigrations than emigrations. In total, 14 200 Polish citizens migrated to Norway last year, compared to 600 in 2003. Those who migrated to or from Norway in 2007 had 168 different citizenships.
Immigrations totalled 61 800 last year, the highest figure ever recorded. In 2006, the figure was 45 800, in 2005 40 200. In addition to this come those who work in Norway, but stay here for less than six months. They are not registered as immigrants, and thus not included in the population.
16 500 more births than deaths
Last year, 58 500 children were born in Norway and 42 000 persons died. The number of children born in 2007 and 2006 were both the highest since 2000.
Highest natural increase in Oslo
As in 2006, there was an excess of births over deaths in all counties except Hedmark, Oppland and Telemark. The highest natural increase took place in Oslo, with 4 900 more births than deaths.
Oslo, Akershus and Rogaland had the highest population increase in 2007, with 52 per cent of the total national increase. 22.8 per cent of Norway’s population now live in Oslo and Akershus, while 18.5 per cent live in Rogaland and Hordaland.
Migration gain from abroad
As in previous years, all 19 counties had a migration gain from abroad. Oslo and Akershus had the largest gain with 6 900 and 5 200 respectively. The migration gain totalled 39 700 and offset the birth deficit and domestic migration loss in many counties.
Population increase in 259 municipalities
259 municipalities had a population increase in 2007, whereas 168 had a decrease. In 2006, 194 municipalities had an increase. Of the 28 municipalities with a decrease of 2 per cent or more, 17 were situated in Northern Norway. As in previous years, centrally situated municipalities had a population increase, whereas less central areas had a migration loss and a birth deficit.
|Total migration gain (268 in all)||Domestic migration gain (151 in all)||Migration gain from abroad (402 in all)|
|1 Oslo||7 041||Trondheim||1 025||Oslo||6 890|
|2 Trondheim||2 462||Skedsmo||775||Bergen||2 436|
|3 Bergen||1 772||Drammen||760||Stavanger||2 040|
|4 Stavanger||1 366||Ullensaker||607||Trondheim||1 437|
|5 Skedsmo||1 283||Eidsvoll||454||Bærum||1 212|
|6 Drammen||1 258||Tønsberg||353||Sandnes||859|
|Total migration loss (156 in all)||Domestic migration loss (275 in all)||Migration loss to abroad (17 in all)|
|8 Porsanger Porsángu Porsanki||-74||Hammerfest||-184||Sokndal||-4|
The statistics is published with Population.