On Monday the 19th, a newborn will become Norwegian number 5 million. Statistics show that every hour, 7 children are born, 5 people die, 9 people immigrate and 4 people emigrate – a total of +7 people every hour.
In 1822, the first million Norwegians became a fact, and in 1890, 68 years later, the next million. Since then, the numbers have steadily increased. The Norwegian population growth was 1.3 percent in 2011. We must go all the way back to 1920 to find a larger growth.
Norwegians have one of the highest number of children per family in Europe – 1.95 per family according to Statistics Norway. Maybe one of the reasons is that Norway has not been influenced by the European economic crisis due to massive export income from the oil industry and seafood.
The fifth millionth child will (as all other Norwegian children) be blessed with some of the best social benefits in the world. Welcome to Norway!
Text by: Anette Broteng Christiansen, ThorNews
Sources: VG, Statistics Norway