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Second highest population growth ever
The population of Norway is now 4 973 000. Population growth this quarter was slightly lower than last year, but was the second highest ever recorded in any quarter. Seventy per cent of the growth was due to net immigration.
The population grew by a total of 20 050 in the 3rd quarter; almost three times as much as in the years prior to 2004. There were only small changes in the number of births, deaths and migration compared to last year.
High immigration of Polish and Baltic nationals, fewer Swedes
Poles are at the top of the list of foreign nationals who immigrated, with 3 150 persons, up 300 from last year. A total of 2 800 Estonians, Latvians and Lithuanians immigrated. Since not many of these nationals emigrated, net immigration of Polish and Baltic nationals reached 5 450, or 39 per cent of the total net immigration. Fewer Swedish nationals immigrated and more emigrated, creating a net immigration of only 150, compared to 750 last year. Nationals from the Philippines constitute the third largest group with regard to net immigration.
High number of births continues
The number of births decreased slightly in the 3rd quarter of 2010 compared to the 3rd quarter last year, but is still at a high level, with more than 16 000. This is between 1 000 and 1 500 more than during the years up to 2005. Oslo had the largest excess of births in the 3rd quarter, with 1 650, whereas the counties Akershus, Rogaland and Hordaland each had half of this. Hedmark was the only county with a birth deficit.
The number of deaths has been relatively stable during recent years, and although 200 more died during the third quarter this year than last - 10 000 compared to 9 800 - the number was higher during the years up to 2003.
Largest migration surplus in Oslo
Looking at migration as a whole, both domestic and migration to and from abroad, four counties had a large migration surplus in the 3rd quarter - Oslo, Akershus, Hordaland and Sør-Trøndelag. In Sør-Trøndelag, the migration surplus amounts to 80 per cent of the total population growth. Of all the counties, only Nordland had a migration deficit.
As for migration from abroad, two areas dominate the picture. A total of 8 000 immigrated to the counties Oslo and Akershus during the third quarter, and 4 600 to Rogaland and Hordaland. All counties had a net immigration from abroad, with the largest in Oslo with 2 300. However, compared to the population, Sør-Trøndelag’s net immigration was slightly larger than that of Oslo.
Oslo also had the largest domestic immigration with 10 000, but since almost as many left Oslo for other counties, the domestic net immigration only reached 200. Nine counties had a domestic net immigration, with Akershus having the largest, whereas 10 counties experienced a net emigration, Nordland having the largest.
Population growth in 309 municipalities in the first three quarters of 2011
The population increased in 309 of Norway’s 430 municipalities in the first three quarters of 2011, and decreased in 112 municipalities. In relative terms, the birth surplus is largest in municipalities in Rogaland and in other parts of Western Norway. Six of the ten municipalities with the largest birth surplus compared to the population are situated in Rogaland. Many of the municipalities of Northern Norway experience a relatively large birth deficit.
Only eight municipalities had a net emigration to abroad. The domestic net immigration is not large even in the biggest cities, but with the exception of these, municipalities such as Eidsvoll and Ullensaker to the Northeast of Oslo have the largest. Domestic net emigration is large in many of the municipalities of Northern Norway, but the three municipalities with the largest deficit are Stavanger, Bergen and Tromsø.
|Total migration gain (319 in total)||Domestic migration gain (172 in total)||Migration gain from abroad (418 in total)|
|1||0301 Oslo||7 692||0301 Oslo||368||0301 Oslo||7 324|
|2||1201 Bergen||1 660||0704 Tønsberg||367||1201 Bergen||2 039|
|3||1601 Trondheim||1 628||0106 Fredrikstad||288||1601 Trondheim||1 496|
|4||0106 Fredrikstad||840||1102 Sandnes||253||1103 Stavanger||1 123|
|5||0219 Bærum||790||0220 Asker||244||0219 Bærum||858|
|6||0220 Asker||747||0403 Hamar||212||0602 Drammen||594|
|7||0704 Tønsberg||712||0101 Halden||199||0106 Fredrikstad||552|
|8||0602 Drammen||673||0237 Eidsvoll||193||0220 Asker||503|
|9||1102 Sandnes||639||0235 Ullensaker||190||1902 Tromsø||443|
|10||0235 Ullensaker||568||0624 øvre Eiker||185||1504 ålesund||419|
|Total migration loss (108 in total)||Domestic migration loss (250 in total)||Migration loss to abroad (8 in total)|
|10||1938 Lyngen||-39||1432 Førde||-100|
|9||1850 Tysfjord||-40||1824 Vefsn||-101|
|8||1729 Inderøy||-41||1228 Odda||-106||1144 Kvitsøy||-1|
|7||1867 Bø||-43||2003 Vadsø||-108||1915 Bjarkøy||-1|
|6||1824 Vefsn||-50||1922 Bardu||-115||2017 Kvalsund||-2|
|5||1228 Odda||-50||1563 Sunndal||-144||0833 Tokke||-2|
|4||1822 Leirfjord||-52||2012 Alta||-147||0811 Siljan||-3|
|3||1563 Sunndal||-56||1902 Tromsø||-259||0935 Iveland||-8|
|2||1922 Bardu||-78||1201 Bergen||-379||1822 Leirfjord||-9|
|1||1429 Fjaler||-127||1103 Stavanger||-676||1429 Fjaler||-128|
|Excess of births (228 in total)||
In relation to population/1 000
(228 in total) (Norway=3.2)
|Population growth (309 in total)||
In relation to population/1 000
(309 in total) (Norway=10.7)
|1||0301 Oslo||4 569||1119 Hå||10.0||0301 Oslo||12 261||0618 Hemsedal||40.2|
|2||1201 Bergen||1 166||1216 Sveio||9.7||1201 Bergen||2 826||1818 Herøy||32.1|
|3||1601 Trondheim||894||0618 Hemsedal||9.3||1601 Trondheim||2 522||1523 ørskog||31.1|
|4||1103 Stavanger||762||1151 Utsira||9.3||1103 Stavanger||1 209||1021 Marnardal||28.3|
|5||1102 Sandnes||433||1122 Gjesdal||8.9||0219 Bærum||1 156||1114 Bjerkreim||27.9|
|6||1902 Tromsø||416||1432 Førde||8.4||1102 Sandnes||1 072||0214 ås||27.5|
|7||0219 Bærum||366||1531 Sula||8.3||0220 Asker||955||1017 Songdalen||27.2|
|8||1001 Kristiansand||337||1835 Træna||8.2||0106 Fredrikstad||921||1146 Tysvær||26.6|
|9||1804 Bodø||246||1120 Klepp||8.1||0602 Drammen||846||1742 Grong||26.3|
|10||0220 Asker||208||1114 Bjerkreim and 1142 Rennesøy||7.9||0704 Tønsberg||800||0615 Flå||26.0|
|Birth deficit (186 in total)||
Birth deficit in relation to
population/1 000 (186 in total)
|Population decrease (112 in total)||
Population decrease in relation to
population/1 000 (112 in total)
|10||0428 Trysil, 0515 Vågå and 0826 Tinn||-21||1234 Granvin||-9.5||1416 Høyangerandg 1938 Lyngen||-45||1635 Rennebu||-19.8|
|9||1535 Vestnes||-25||1816 Vevelstad||-9.6||1822 Leirfjord||-47||1755 Leka||-20.4|
|8||0423 Grue||-29||2014 Loppa||-10.2||1228 Odda||-49||1822 Leirfjord||-21.8|
|7||0420 Eidskog||-30||1265 Fedje||-10.2||1635 Rennebu||-52||1234 Granvin||-23.2|
|6||0815 Kragerø||-31||1233 Ulvik||-10.7||1850 Tysfjord||-53||0941 Bykle||-23.3|
|5||0402 Kongsvinger||-33||1815 Vega||-11.0||1563 Sunndal||-56||1850 Tysfjord||-26.5|
|4||1867 Bø||-33||0940 Valle||-11.7||1922 Bardu||-59||1723 Mosvik||-27.1|
|3||0536 Søndre Land||-35||1867 Bø||-11.8||0536 Søndre Land||-69||1867 Bø||-27.2|
|2||0425 åsnes||-42||1917 Ibestad||-12.0||1867 Bø||-76||1915 Bjarkøy||-33.6|
|1||0403 Hamar||-43||1915 Bjarkøy||-12.6||1429 Fjaler||-133||1429 Fjaler||-45.7|
The statistics is published with Population.