This is an archived release.
22 000 increase in immigrant population
At the turn of the year the immigrant population in Norway totalled 282 500 persons, or 6.3 per cent of the population. In the course of 1999 the immigrant population increased by 22 000 the largest ever annual increase.
By Statistics Norways definition, 238 500 are first-generation immigrants and 44 000 second-generation immigrants.
Of the individual groups, Yugoslavians accounted for the largest increase over the course of the year, with 6 000 persons. Iraqis and Somalis followed, with 2 200 and 1 400 respectively.
By including second-generation immigrants in the immigrant population, people with a background from Sweden are the largest immigrant group in Norway, with 23 200. Pakistanis are in second place and the Danes in third.
Ten largest nasjonality groups. First- and second
generation immigrants. 1. January 2000
|First generation immigrants||Second-generation immigrants|
|Total||238 462||Total||44 025|
|1 Sweden||22 375||1 Pakistan||9 604|
|2 Denmark||17 551||2 Vietnam||4 284|
|3 Yugoslavia||13 402||3 Turkey||3 236|
|4 Pakistan||13 227||4 Sri Lanka||2 698|
|5 Bosnia-Herzegovina||11 587||5 Yugoslavia||2 064|
|6 Vietnam||11 106||6 India||1 957|
|7 United Kingdom||10 576||7 Somalia||1 874|
|8 Iran||9 151||8 Morocco||1 710|
|9 Germany||8 621||9 Denmark||1 312|
|10 USA||7 323||10 Iran||1 203|
In the course of the last 10 years the immigrant population has increased by 114 100 or 46 per cent of the overall population increase in Norway. The number of persons from non-Western countries increased in this period by 96 000. In the remaining groups in the 1990s, Nordic citizens increased by 15 400 and Western Europeans (except for Turks) by 4 000, while the number of persons from North America and Oceania declined by 1 200.
Persons of non-Western background now make up 2/3 of the immigrant population, and 4.2 per cent of the total population.
Even gender distribution
At the turn of the year the gender breakdown of Norways immigrant population was 140 800 men and 141 700 women, i.e., an even ratio between the genders. A large surplus of women is found among immigrants from Thailand, the Philippines and Russia, where the ratios are 83, 73 and 70 per cent respectively.
Stabile percentage of Norwegian citizens
Approximately 120 000 or 42 per cent of the immigrants had Norwegian citizenship at the beginning of 2000. The ratio dropped slightly from the year before because of a large influx of foreign citizens in 1999. Groups with the longest residence in Norway have the highest ratio of Norwegian citizens. As many as 84 per cent of Vietnamese and 82 per cent of Hungarians have Norwegian citizenship. For this same reason only two per cent of Bosnians are Norwegian citizens.
Most live in Oslo
A third of everyone included in the immigrant population live in Oslo, followed by Bergen, Stavanger, Bærum and Trondheim. The immigrant population in Oslo increased by 5 000 persons from the year before, and now makes up 18.7 per cent of the population. The clearly largest immigrant group in the capital is people of Pakistani background, who total 17 400.
- Table 1 Five different delimitations of persons with immigration background/foreign background, by citizenship and immigrant category. 1. January 2000
- Table 2 Population by three variants of country background,country of birth and citizenship. 1. January 2000
- Table 3 Population by grouping of three variants of country background, country of birth and citizenship, 1.january 2000
- Table 4 Immigrant population and persons with other immigrant background, by immigrant category, sex and country of birth. 1 January 2000
- Table 5 Immigrant population and persons with other immigration background by immigrant category and age. 1. January 2000
- Table 6 Population by Norwegian1. 1 January 2000
- Table 7 Population by age, sex and immigrant populations country of birth. 1 January 2000
- Table 8 Population by marital status, immigrant populations country og birth and sex. 1 January 2000
- Table 9 Immigrant population by counntry of birth, (largest groups) Selected municipalities. 1 January 2000
- Table 10 Population by country background. 1970-2000. Foreign country background refer to immigrant population