SSB: Norway’s population increased by 7,400 in the first quarter of 2021

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There were 700 more births in Norway in the first quarter of this year than in the same period last year, and the population increased by 7,400, figures from Statistics Norway (SSB) show.

In the last year, we have seen major changes in population development, adviser Magnus Haug at the SSB said. 

During the first three months of the year, 13,690 children were born in Norway, which is almost 700 more than in the same period in 2020, the statistics show.

Corona effect?

The number of births increased for women in all age groups between 29 and 49 years.

The increase in births began in December last year – almost exactly nine months after the first corona measures were introduced. In health crises and financially uncertain times, birth rates tend to fall, but so far, the figures show that the opposite has happened in Norway, SSB reports.

If the trend continues, the declining fertility trend may reverse in 2021.

Relocation from city centers

In addition, statistics show that mortality has also fallen sharply. A total of 10,100 people died in the first quarter of the year, which is 700 fewer than in the same period last year.

“The decline in mortality and the rise in births resulted in a birth surplus of 3,600 people in the first quarter. This is the highest surplus in a first quarter since 2014,” Haug said.

The decline in mortality was particularly notable among men who were 90 years or older, according to Haug.

In addition, there has been far less immigration this year due to strict corona measures.

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