Population growth slows nationwide

Much lower immigration and fewer births have led to a population growth rate in Norway that’s lower than it’s been for more than a decade. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reports that the actual population increase was down by more than 9 percent during the second quarter compared to the same period last year. […]

Record-low fertility rate raises concern

Only 56,600 children were born in Norway last year, 2,300 fewer than in 2016 and resulting in the lowest national fertility rate ever recorded. With immigration growth also down, the declines are raising new worries about the consequences for the social welfare state. The decline in the fertility rate, to 1.62 children per woman in […]

Immigrants boost population growth

Immigrants now make up 14.1 percent of the Norwegian population. Their children bring their representation up to 17.3 percent, according to the latest figures from state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway), after a year that otherwise was characterized by weak immigration growth.  The total number of Norwegian residents with immigrant background stood at 916,625 on […]

Oslo’s population growth flattens out

Norway’s capital city of Oslo has been among the fastest-growing in Europe for several years, but new figures show that’s not necessarily so any longer. More people are now moving out of Oslo than moving in, and only the city’s birth rate has prevented a population decline. There’s no question that Oslo has been booming […]

Norwegian women have fewer babies

Norway has long prided itself on having generous maternity and paternity leave and other social welfare programs aimed at encouraging population growth. Fresh statistics, however, show that the birth rate has fallen in recent years, and that can cause problems for the sustainability of the social welfare state itself. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) […]

Population growth slows down

Oslo has been among the fastest-growing capitals in Europe for several years but now that growth rate, and the country’s itself, has slowed considerably. Much of it is a result of emigration and the falloff in refugee arrivals. State statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) reports that Norway’s population grew by 8,829 people during the first […]

Norway’s population rises again

Oslo has long been among Europe’s fastest-growing capitals. New statistics show that the overall population nationwide was up again at the end of last year. Norway had an official populati0n of 5,258,317 as of December 31, 2016. That’s up 44,300, or 0.9 percent, from the year before, and the largest increase was among men. State […]

Norway’s population keeps growing

Norway counted a total of 5,236,800 residents at the end of June, an increase of 13,600 since the last numbers were tallied by state statistics bureau SSB (Statistics Norway) at the end of March. SSB reported that the numbers of births and deaths were roughly the same from April through June as they were in the […]

Population growing even faster than expected

Norway has been attracting a lot of new residents in recent years, not least because of its strong economy, and the population of Oslo is rising even faster than expected. A new study predicts Oslo will have 819,000 residents by 2030. That’s up from 12,000 in the estimates made by statisticians working for the City […]

Population growth turns towns into cities

The constant influx of new residents to the Oslo area, already the fastest-growing metropolitan area in Europe, will turn neighbouring small towns into regional cities, according to plans proposed by top politicians in Oslo and Akershus counties. Newspaper Aftenposten reported over the weekend that towns targeted include Ås, a rural community south of Oslo that’s […]