Largest increase ever in immigrant population
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Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents1 January 2007



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Largest increase ever in immigrant population

The total population in Norway increased by 29 000 persons from 1 January 2006 to 1 January 2007, the largest annual increase ever. They are 415 300 persons in Norway with immigrant background, or 8.3 per cent of the total population.

The 15 largest immigrant groups in Norway. 1.1.2007

At the beginning of 2007 there were 341 800 first-generation immigrants in Norway and 73 500 persons born in Norway with to two foreign-born parents.

Immigrant population includes persons who have two foreign-born parents, or more precisely: Persons who neither have parents nor grandparents born in Norway.

The immigrant population thus covers first-generation immigrants and persons born in Norway of two foreign-born parents.

High increase in immigrant population from Poland

There has been the largest increase in the numbers of people with Polish immigrant background, with 7 000 persons, followed by Germans (1 600), Somalis (1 500) and Swedes (1 100). The Polish immigrant population has showed a large increase over the last two years (8 900 persons), and now it is the sixth largest immigrant group in Norway.

The population growth among people with immigrant background from eastern Europe was 11 400 persons, while immigrant population from Asia and Africa increased by 12 000 persons.

Persons with non-western background dominate

The increase in immigrant population is mostly a result of immigration from non-western countries.

Three out of four persons in immigrant population have a non-western background, or 6.6 per cent of the total population. At the beginning of 1986, the non-western immigrant population made up 1.1 per cent of the total population.

The immigrant population's proportion of the total population, by western and non-western country background. 1.1.1986-1.1.2007.

Non-western immigrant population as part of the population.  1 January 2007. Per cent

Even gender distribution

On 1 January 2007, the immigrant population consisted of nearly as many men as women (208 500 women and 206 800 men). Nevertheless, there were considerable differences depending on country background. A larger surplus of men was found among immigrants from Poland, Great Britain and Iraq with 60, 59 and 57 per cent respectively. Among immigrants from Thailand, the Philippines and Russia there was a surplus of women (84, 77 and 66 per cent respectively).

Geographical distribution of immigrant population in Norway

There were immigrants resident in all the Norwegian municipalities. 31.5 per cent of the immigrant population lived in Oslo at the beginning of 2007.

Oslo had the highest proportion of non-western immigrants with 20 per cent, followed by Drammen (16 per cent) and Lørenskog (13 per cent). Just two municipalities in Norway, Beiarn and Osen, didn't have any residents with non-western background on 1 January 2007.