Population rises most in towns, cities

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A total of 5,345,599 people lived in Norway at the end of June, up 17,400 during the first six months of the year. Most of the growth took place in areas that already had lots of folks from before.

Just under half of Norway’s 422 municipalities (208) could report a rise in local population. The numbers of residents living in 201 of the country’s less populated municipalities (kommuner) saw a decline, with five counties reporting an overall decline as well.

All three counties in Northern Norway (Finnmark, Troms and Nordland) saw slight population declines, along with the mountainous county of Sogn og Fjordane and Oppland in southeastern Norway.

There’s also been a steady and sharp decline in immigration, contributing to the population declines in outlying areas. The number of babies born in Norway also fell, with a total of 14,200 registered births in the second quarter. Oslo had the highest birthrate, at 3.63 babies per 1,000 residents, with Hedmark the lowest at 2.07.

newsinenglish.no staff