Almost 3,000 more children were born in Norway in 2021 than the year before

Birthday - birthPhoto: Vegard Wivestad Grøtt / NTB

Preliminary figures from the National Institute of Public Health (FHI) show that 56,551 children were born in Norway in 2021. That is an increase of 2,925 from the previous year.

About 10% more women decided to have children shortly after the lockdown in March 2020, the FHI writes.

There was an upswing in January 2021, i.e., about nine months after the lockdown started in March 2020.

“This is very gratifying, but we do not know if it will continue. We know little about the reasons for the increase in the number of births – they are complex,” chief medical officer Kristine Stangenes at the Medical Birth Register stated.

Viken at the top

August was the month with the most births in 2021, with 5,253 children being born. Viken – the country’s most populous county – was the county with the most births. Mothers living in Viken gave birth to 12,242 children in 2021, followed by Oslo with 9,610. A total of 9,454 children were born at Oslo University Hospital, 6,949 of them at Ullevål Hospital.

Nordland was the county with the fewest births – only 2,254 children were born there in 2021. At the hospital in Brønnøysund, only 19 children were born during the whole of 2021.

The FHI emphasizes that the figures are preliminary.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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