Population in Norway is Growing at Record Speed

Photo : Geir Halvorsen.

This figure represents a population growth of 57 900 persons. This will be 100 higher than in 2013, but 7 500 lower than the peak year 2011. It is still far higher than in the years prior to 2007, when labour immigration, especially from Poland – but also from other countries – saw a sharp increase, according to Statistics Norway (SSB).

Population growth is 1.1 per cent and two-thirds of the growth is due to immigration.

Altogether Norway received 39,600 new immigrants this year, equivalent to 68 percent of population growth in 2014, while 32 per cent is due to the birth surplus.

In the 90s it was vice versa, births made up 70 percent of population growth.

Population growth in the big cities and central areas continues. The counties of Oslo, Akershus, Rogaland and Hordaland combined make up 61 per cent of the growth. Growth in Rogaland and Hordaland in 2014 is expected to be lower than in 2013. However, the growth in Oslo of 10 500 persons in 2013 is expected to increase to 13 400 persons in 2014, which will be the third largest growth ever, reaching to almost 650,000 inhabitants.

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