Fewer children at kindergarten

Norwegian children.Children playing.Photo Norway Today Media

The population of Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund has risen by 10 during the first six months of 2016, while the number of foreigners has grown from 538 to 567.

Svalbard had a total of 2 667 inhabitants on 1 July 2016. There were 2 152 inhabitants in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund, and 495 in Barentsburg and Pyramiden.

One of the most distinct changes in the population in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund in recent years is a decline in the number of children aged 1–5. In 2013, this group totalled 157, and by 1 July 2016 the number had dropped to 98.


Source: SSB / Norway Today