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High immigration and population growth in Q3

Norway's population increased by 20 600 persons to 5 038 100 in the 3rd quarter of 2012. Population growth was 6 000 higher than in the previous quarter.

 A total of 24 200 people immigrated, while 10 000 emigrated. The net migration of 14 200 is the highest observed in any quarter, according to Statistics Norway (SSB).

Immigration continues at the same high level as in the last two years. Compared to the same quarter in previous years, the population growth has never been higher and is at a level of two to three times as high as up to and including 2006. A total of 16 200 children were born and 9 800 persons died in the 3rd quarter. The birth surplus of 6 400 has been at the same level since 2008.

As usual in recent years, population growth was highest in Oslo/Akershus and in Rogaland/Hordaland, but in relation to the population, the increase was highest in Sør-Trøndelag and also in Buskerud. Oppland had the lowest growth both in numbers and in relative terms.

The population increased by 52 300 during the first three quarters of 2012, approximately the same as in the first three quarters last year.

In the 3rd quarter, Oslo again had the highest birth surplus, also in relation to the population. A total of 2 700 children were born and 1 050 persons died.

Hedmark and Oppland had the lowest birth surplus, where only 15 more persons were born than died.

Many Poles, Lithuanians and Swedes immigrated in the 3rd quarter, but nearly twice as many Romanian citizens immigrated in the 3rd quarter as in the 2nd quarter.

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