Many Norwegians moved to Svalbard during the corona pandemic

Longyearbyen - SvalbardPhoto: Tore Meek / NTB
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The number of inhabitants in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund on Svalbard continues to increase. Norwegian citizens account for the largest increase in the population.

As of July 1 this year, 2,936 residents were registered on Svalbard, 2,548 in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund, 378 in Barentsburg, and 10 in Hornsund, Statistics Norway (SSB) writes.

There have never been more residents in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund, according to SSB.

Norwegian are driving the increase in the population. Out of the increase of 131 inhabitants in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund from July 1, 2020, to July 1, 2021, 115 inhabitants were Norwegians.

At the same time, no births were registered where the mother was registered as living in Longyearbyen or Ny-Ålesund in the first half of this year. Usually, there are between five and ten births per six months. 

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

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