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  • Decline in fertility

    A total of 58 900 children were born in 2016, almost the same as 2015. This gives a total fertility rate (TRF) for women of 1.71, a decline compared with 2015. In 2009, the total fertility rate was 1.98. Since then, the fertility rate has declined.

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  • Further increase in male life expectancy

    From 2015 to 2016, the life expectancy at birth for men increased by 0.25 years, while the increase for women was just 0.02 years. Men can expect to live 80.6 years on average and women 84.2 years. The gender gap is now 3.6 years.

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  • Many new Syrian immigrants

    At the beginning of 2017, there were 725 000 immigrants and 159 000 Norwegian-born to immigrant parents in Norway. The highest relative growth in 2016 was among immigrants from Syria.

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  • Population of 5 258 000 at year start

    The population of Norway reached 5 258 000 at the start of the year. The number of foreign citizens grew by 21 000 in 2016 to 559 000 on 1 January 2017.

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  • Fewest marriages since 2006

    In 2016, 22 500 couples married. This is the lowest number since 2006.

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  • Iraqis in Norway – a demographic portrait

    Statistical analysis 2017

    Despite considerable emigration from Norway, Iraqis currently represent the largest immigrant group with a refugee background after the Somalis, with over 22 000. Most live in Oslo and Østfold.This article was first published in Norwegian, in Stat...

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  • Bosnians – the integration champions?

    Statistical analysis 2017

    During the Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s, 14 000 people fled Bosnia and Herzegovina and ended up in Norway. Thirty-five per cent of Bosnians in Norway have a higher education, compared with 32 per cent of the Norwegian population in general. Very man...

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  • This is Svalbard 2016

    A wide-ranging and readily comprehensible picture of society, business, nature and the environment on Svalbard. 

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  • From asylum seeker to refugee – before and after the crisis of 2015

    Statistical analysis 2017

    One million refugees/asylum seekers came to Europe in 2015. Public discourse has been concerned with society's ability to accept and integrate such large numbers of displaced persons. This article examines refugees who have lived in Norway for sev...

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  • Statelessness: many worldwide, few in Norway

    Statistical analysis 2017

    Around 2 400 stateless persons live in Norway, most of whom are refugees. The biggest problem for stateless persons with a residence permit in Norway is the lack of passport, while those in many other countries have considerably greater problems, ...

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  • Record numbers of displaced persons

    Statistical analysis 2017

    The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported last year that 65 million people have been displaced globally. Meanwhile, there is growing concern about the quality and availability of statistics on refugees. Statistics Norway i...

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  • UDI and the immigration administration

    Statistical analysis 2017

    Here is an overview of the rules that apply to obtaining protection in Norway and the associated procedures. Also read about different types of reception centres and the role of government bodies. How many applications from the 2015 cohort of asyl...

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  • Nora and William most popular names in 2016

    Nora has been the third most popular first name for girls in this century, after Emma and Sara. In 2016, Nora saw a jump in popularity, with the highest score since Emma in 2003/2004. William reached the top in 2015, and continued to grow in popul...

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  • How many refugees' families come to Norway?

    Statistical analysis 2017

    In the period 1990-2015, 141 300 refugees found their way to Norway and were granted a residence permit. A total of 45 100 family members of 23 500 of these refugees have subsequently been accepted into Norway. Country background has a large beari...

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  • Attitudes towards immigrants and immigration 2016

    Reports 2016/41

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