The emigration from Norway increases. 2015 looks set to be a record year, but two-thirds of today’s emigrants are themselves immigrants.
If the number of emigrants in the fourth quarter of 2015 is as in the fourth quarter of 2014, the emigration for the full year 2015 will be approximately 36,500, according to a calculation senior advisor Marianne Tønnessen of Statistics Norway has made for the newspaper Aftenposten.
The previous record was in 2013 when 35,716 people emigrated.
Not even in peak years during mass emigration to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s, was there a single year with a greater exodus.
1882 was a record year during the mass emigration to America. Then it was registered 28,804 emigrants from Norwegian harbors. Virtually everyone went to the United States.
The difference between then and now is that since immigration today is much greater than the exodus, the population in Norway is still increasing.
Two-thirds of today’s emigrants are themselves immigrants, mostly young adults with short periods of residence in this country. Refugees are not included in the emigration statistics.In 1900, there were 2.2 million people in this country – on October 1 last year the population had passed 5.2 million.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today