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How the population of Norway has changed in 2021

A potential lockdown baby boom and the impact of entry restrictions on immigration are amongst possible observations from a new statistics report on Norway's population.

How the population of Norway has changed in 2021
Norway's fertility rate may rise if births continue to go up. Photo by Aditya Romansa on Unsplash

During the first three months of the year, 13,960 children were born in Norway, nearly 700 more than the same period last year, new figures from Statistics Norway show. 

Typically, during health crises and times of financial uncertainty, such as the current coronavirus pandemic, birth rates tend to fall, but the opposite effect seems apparent in the new data.

If this trend continues, then the fertility rate in Norway may rise. That measure is currently 1.48 children per woman as of 2020. 

“We are very surprised by these figures. It is also quite striking that the increase in births began roughly nine months after the first coronavirus restrictions were introduced last year,” Statistics Norway executive officer Ane Magritte Tømmerås said in the report. 

The number of recorded deaths was lower than in the corresponding quarter of 2020. 10,100 people passed in Norway during the first quarter of this year, 700 fewer compared to the same period last year. Death rates have fallen consistently in Norway for several years. It should be noted that the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Norway towards the end of the first quarter of 2020.

Additionally, death rates declined within many age groups. The decline was particularly prominent in men over 90. In 2021, 58.2 men in this age group per 1,000 passed away in the first quarter compared to 67.7 per 1,000 in the first three months of last year. 

Death rate per 1,000 by gender and age group in the first quarter. Source: Statistics Norway

Immigration was up during the early months of 2021 compared to 2020. However, the first quarter of 2021 saw the second-lowest level of immigration since 2006. 

This may, in part, be due to strict border restrictions that have been in place since January and limit entry to very few people outside of residents and citizens of Norway. 

READ MORE: Travel: Norway extends Covid travel restrictions 

In total, 11,200 immigrants registered in Norway in the first three months of this year. 

Total number of people immigrating to Norway during the first quarter. Source: Statistics Norway

Overall, the population of Norway grew by 7,400 people during the first quarter. The population in Norway is now estimated to be 5,398,804. 

Statistics Norway also found that more people were relocating from big cities. Bergen, Stavanger and Kristiansand had more people move out than in, albeit by a small margin.

“This is very unusual. This has happened in some quarters before, but never in the first quarter,” said Magnus Haug of Statistics Norway.

On the other hand, Oslo saw a larger increase in people moving out. Oslo saw 1,900 more people move out than in. 

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Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday

Find out what’s going on in Norway on Wednesday with the Local’s short roundup of important news.

Today in Norway: A roundup of the latest news on Wednesday
Oslo Opera House. Photo by Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash

Norway expects 4.5 million Covid-19 vaccine doses this summer 

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) has dismissed fears that the vaccination program will still be ongoing through the autumn and winter.

The NIPH believes it will receive more than enough doses from vaccine manufacturers Pfizer and Moderna to offer everyone over 18 a vaccine by the end of July.

“We plan to receive 4.5 million doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in June, July and August. By the end of May, we will be receiving around 340,000 doses a week,” chief doctor at the NIPH Preben Aavitsland told news agency NTB. 

Read More: Norway officially axes AstraZeneca vaccine and changes vaccine strategy 

More than 1.5 million people have been vaccinated in Norway so far. 

Older and younger people struggle to distinguish between news and advertisements 

According to a survey by the Norwegian Media Authority, the oldest and youngest people in Norway have a hard time telling the difference between news, advertising, and public information. 

The media watchdog has recommended clear labelling of different types of content.

“The results show that it’s hard to orientate oneself amidst the flood of digital information and that it’s important to label and identify the different types of media clearly, Mari Vesland, director of the Norwegian Media Authority, said. 

More than 2,000 people participated in the survey aged between 16 and 102. 

Only one in three people aged between 16-24 and 60-79 could identify a reliable source in six news articles correctly. Only 18 percent of those aged over 80 were able to identify all the sources. 

Increase in births in the first quarter 

During the first three months of the year, 13,960 children were born in Norway, nearly 700 more than the same period last year, new figures from Statistics Norway show. 

Typically during health crises and times of financial uncertainty, such as the current coronavirus pandemic, birth rates tend to fall. 

If this trend continues, then the fertility rate in Norway may rise. 

In addition to the increase in births, the figures indicated a sharp fall in deaths. Compared to the same period last year, around 740 fewer people died. In total, 10,096 people died during the first quarter in Norway. 

Immigration is also lower than average but higher than in 2020. This may be partly because of strict entry restrictions, limiting entry into Norway to a very small group outside of residents and Norwegian citizens that have been in place since January. 

READ MORE: Travel: Norway extends Covid entry restrictions 

The population in Norway is now estimated to be 5,398,804, an increase of 26,449 on the year before. 

314 new Covid cases in Norway 

On Tuesday, 314 new coronavirus cases were registered in Norway, a decrease of 41 on the seven-day average. 

Cases tend to be lower following public holidays when less testing takes place. 

In Oslo, 72 new infections have been registered, six more than the seven-day average. 

The R-number or reproduction rate in Norway is currently 0.7. This means that the pandemic is receding in Norway as for every ten people that are infected, they will, on average, only infect another seven people.

Total number of cases in Norway
Total number of reported Coronavirus cases in Norway so far. Source: NIPH
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