In the last 12 months, Norway’s population increased by a total of 30,000 inhabitants. The population is increasing in all counties, with the exception of the two northern Norwegian counties, which have lost 800 inhabitants.
Since 2001, Norway’s population has increased by almost 900,000 people, but Northern Norway has only had a growth of 19,000 inhabitants in the last 20 years.
Today, the region has 481,756 inhabitants, and the northern Norwegian share of the population is 8.9%. Twenty years ago, the proportion was 10.2%.
Innlandet – more deaths than births
Innlandet is the only county in Norway with more deaths than births in the last year. There, the birth deficit ended at 734, but the population is still increasing by almost 400 due to an immigration surplus of around 1,100 people.
Oslo has by far the highest birth surplus with 5,600 more births than deaths. Viken is in second place with almost 2,700 births. Rogaland registered 2,500 births, and Vestland registered 2,100 births.
Statistics Norway (SSB) estimates that 5,415,166 people lived in Norway at the end of the third quarter of 2021.
The growth over the past year is evenly distributed between a birth surplus of just over 15,000 and more than 15,000 more immigrants than emigrants since the third quarter of 2020.
Viken is growing
More than half of the growth has been registered in Viken, which has gained almost 16,000 more inhabitants in the last year. In the same period, Oslo has only grown by 1,100 inhabitants (to a total of 698,600 people).
The counties of Rogaland, Trøndelag, and Vestfold og Telemark have registered a population growth of around 3,000 people in the last year.
Net immigration to Norway has been higher than the birth surplus in all years since 2005, with the exception of the corona year 2020, when the birth surplus was 12,300, while net immigration ended at 11,300.
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