More Norwegians have been moving back to Norway during the pandemic

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More Norwegian citizens moved back to Norway compared to the number of those who moved out of the country in the third quarter of 2020. The net immigration of Norwegian citizens is record-high.

The population in Norway increased by 9,800 people in the third quarter, and there are now 5,384,576 people living in Norway, according to Statistics Norway (SSB).

Immigration in the third quarter increased after it was very low in the second quarter, but most Norwegian citizens moved back to Norway. 

A total of 530 more Norwegian citizens moved back in the third quarter.

“It is not unreasonable to think that the corona pandemic affected this unusual pattern,” SSB noted. 

After Norwegian citizens, Polish, Swedish, and Danish citizens moved to Norway the most. 

Birth rates and mortality

The figures for immigration among the largest groups were back to a more normal level in the third quarter than in previous years, when they were unusually low.

So far, SSB could not say anything about whether the corona outbreak has affected birth rates in the country. 

A total of 14,100 children were born in the third quarter of 2020 in Norway, somewhat lower than before. 

The number of 9,700 deaths is not particularly high or low. It’s at the same level as in the second quarter, when the SSB did not detect any particular excess mortality during the pandemic.

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