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Population and population changeQ2 2013



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Population still increasing

The population increased by 14 100 persons in the 2nd quarter of 2013, to nearly 5 078 000 on 1 July, and the number of in-migrations from abroad was the second highest in any 2nd quarter ever.

Population and changes during quarter
2nd quarter 20132nd quarter 2012 - 2nd quarter 2013
NumberPer cent
Population at the beginning of the quarter5 063 70960 7671.2
Births15 6701090.7
Deaths9 798-428-4.2
Excess of births5 87253710.1
Immigration16 1264813.1
Emigration7 9091 50523.5
Net migration, immigration and emigration incl8 217-1 024-11.1
Population growth14 089-487-3.3
Population at the end of the quarter5 077 79860 2801.2

Net migration from abroad was 8 200 as a result of about 16 100 in-migrations and 7 900 out- migrations. Compared to the corresponding quarter last year, there were about 500 more in-migrations and 1 500 more out-migrations.

Almost 16 000 births

Nearly 15 700 persons were born in the 2nd quarter and 9 800 persons died. That is 100 more births and 400 fewer deaths than last year. The birth surplus was thus about 500 higher than the previous year. The birth surplus in the 2nd quarter is consistently higher than the births in the 1st quarter. During the past 25 years, birth surplus has been an average of about 5 200 in the 2nd quarter, while the corresponding figure in the 1st quarter has been 3 200. This is due to the fact that the birth figures are historically higher in the 2nd quarter than in the other quarters.

Mostly Poles and Lithuanians who in-migrated

Of those with foreign citizenship who in-migrated to Norway, Poles continued to make up the largest group, with 2 300 in-migrations. A total of 1 200 Lithuanians and 1 000 Swedes also immigrated in the 2nd quarter.

As in the 2nd quarter last year, the highest net migration was among those with Polish, Lithuanian and Somali citizenship. Immigrants with Bulgarian and Indian citizenship are now among the ten largest groups with foreign citizens, and those with Latvian and Spanish citizenship are no longer among the top ten.

Population increased in nearly all the counties

In every county, apart from Sør-Trøndelag, the population increased in the 2nd quarter. In relation to the population, Akershus had the highest increase, followed by the counties Rogaland and Oslo.

In relation to the population, the highest birth surpluses were in Oslo, Rogaland and Hordaland. Only Hedmark had a birth deficit in the 2nd quarter.

Internal migration loss in many counties

Eleven counties had an internal migration loss and the highest losses were in Finnmark and Sør-Trøndelag. Eight counties had an internal migration surplus from other counties. In relation to the population, the internal migration surplus was highest in Østfold, Akershus and Vestfold.1

Migration surplus from abroad in all counties

All counties had a migration surplus from abroad. The highest migration surpluses, seen in relation to the population, were in Oslo, Troms, Nordland and Finnmark, while Sør-Trøndelag, Østfold and Telemark had the lowest.

Population increased by 26 500 persons this year

So far in 2013, 29 800 people have been born and 21 200 have died. The birth surplus has been nearly 8 700 and was the same as in the first half of 2012. With 35 100 in-migrations and 17 200 out-migrations in the 1st and 2nd quarter this year, the net migration was 17 800, which is 5 000 lower than in the corresponding quarters last year. This is due to the clearing-up in the Central Population Register.


1 The counties were corrected, 23 August 2013.

Clearing-up increases number of out-migrationsOpen and readClose

Many of the 7 900 out-migrations may apply to persons who have moved abroad a long time ago but have not been reported to the Central Population Register. Such out-migrations can accumulate in the statistics when the Tax Administration is clearing-up in the Central Population Register and out-migrates these persons. In recent years, this type of clearing-up has been common. The number of out-migrations in the 1st quarter of 2013 was much higher than the corresponding figure in the following quarter. The total number of out-migrations in the 1st and 2nd quarters together is higher than it would have been without this clearing-up.