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Svalbard – More foreigners and fewer Norwegians

More foreigners and fewer Norwegians SvalbardSvalbard airport.Photo

Svalbard had a total of 2 654 inhabitants on 1 January 2016. There were 2 152 inhabitants in the Norwegian settlements and 492 in the Russian settlements.

The population composition in the Norwegian settlements has changed in recent years. Since 1 July 2012, the number of Norwegians has declined from 1 788 to 1 614, while the number of foreigners has risen from 407 to 538.

The Swedes make up the largest group of foreign men, followed by Thais. For the women, it is the other way round (figure 4). During the last year, the fastest growing group has been women from the Philippines, which almost doubled in size, from 10 to 19.


Source: SSB / Norway Today

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