|Norway's population past the 5 million mark|
| [19.03.2012, 09:32pm, Mon. GMT]|
|On this day, Monday March 19th, Norway's population officially passed the 5 million mark, according to Statistics Norway (SSB). The first million was reached in 1822. In 1665, Norway's population was 440 000. It had grown to one million by 1822, two million by 1890, three million by 1942 and four million by 1975. There were born 61 500 children in Norway in 2010, which is somewhat fewer than in 2009. The number of births describes the average number of babies born per woman during her reproductive period. |
In the mid-1980s, the number ranged between 1.66 and 1.75, but it has increased over the past seven years. For the years 2001-2005 the average was 1.80. Norwegian women's fertility rate is among the highest in Europe, SSB reports.
Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents accounted for 11.4 per cent of Norway's population per 1 January 2010. The 552 000 immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents come from more than 200 different countries.
All Norwegian municipalities are home to immigrants, but Oslo has the largest proportion of immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents with 27 per cent, or 160 000 people.