Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Record Population Growth in Norway

Statistics Norway reports,
Population statistics. Estimated population, 1 January 2013
Record population growth continues in 2012
The population of Norway is expected to reach about 5 053 500 persons by the end of 2012. This figure represents a population growth of 67 600 persons, or 1.4 per cent, since the end of 2011. The growth is 2 000 more than in 2011, which at the time was also a record year for growth.
The population growth of 67 600 will be approximately twice as high as in the years preceding 2006. In the seven years from 2006 onwards, the population growth has totalled 413 000. Not since 1920 has the percentage growth been at the same level. Seventy-two per cent of the population growth will come from migration surplus from abroad, and 28 per cent will be due to the birth surplus. Earlier figures show that the birth surplus in the middle of the 1990s was around 70 per cent. A net migration from abroad of 48 600 will be the highest result ever recorded; 1 600 higher than in the previous peak year of 2011. A birth excess of 19 000 will be at the same level as in the years from 2008 onwards, but before that we must go back to the years preceding 1975 to find higher figures.
Continuing growth in central populated areas
Population growth in the big cities and central areas continues. However, while 37 per cent of the growth took place in Oslo and Akershus last year, the percentage for these areas in 2012 will be 30.
As a result, social security costs will increase most likely resulting in an even bigger fiscal deficit for mainland Norway next year as costs will be higher than the income generated by the immigrants.

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