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 of Oslo. They noted that women in Oslo are having more children while the number of annual deaths has fallen dramatically.
Oslo had a population of 648,000 at the beginning of 2015, up from around 500,000 just 20 years ago. More residents of other Norwegian cities are also moving to Oslo and that’s contributing to the capital’s high housing prices.
“We’ll also need to build more schools and day care centers,” the city politician in charge of finance, Eirik Lae Solberg, told state broadcaster NRK. “Population growth is positive, but it presents many challenges.”