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Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents

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Key figures

800 094

immigrants

Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, by country background. 1 January
2021
Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents, totalImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parentsImmigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents in per cent of total population
Total997 942800 094197 84818.5
The EU27/EEA, United Kingdom, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand408 563361 16647 3977.6
Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania except Australia and New Zealand, and Europe except the EU27/EEA/United Kingdom589 379438 928150 45110.9
 
EU27/EEA countries376 656331 34245 3147.0
European countries outside EU27/EEA102 94681 35821 5881.9
Africa140 414100 46539 9492.6
Asia including Turkey334 028247 75686 2726.2
North America12 60811 7308780.2
South and Central America28 69524 9453 7500.5
Oceania2 5952 498970.0

See selected tables from this statistics

Table 1 
Population by immigrant category and country background.

Population by immigrant category and country background.
2021
Born in Norway to Norwegian-born parents1ImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parentsForeign-born with one Norwegian-born parentNorwegian-born with one foreign-born parentForeign-born to Norwegian-born parents
1The foreign country background is related to grandparents’ country of birth. The person can have 1 to 4 grandparents born abroad. Grandmother / grandfather's country of birth is selected first if there are different countries of birth for grandparents.
Total4 031 194800 094197 84838 861284 17439 198
Norway3 829 58300000
Denmark33 18818 8332 0004 08131 5591 355
Greenland124198125521030
Finland6 0846 6417244937 02956
Faroe Islands1 573638981001 20115
Iceland2 2267 0628643563 50753
Sweden35 28735 5983 4336 86142 9635 317
Albania372 77250432885
Belgium1 0591 3601393011 209296
Bulgaria1067 5089242989649
Andorra0120020
Estonia1544 678569557532
France2 1125 9786397914 018327
Gibraltar1306130
Greece4773 5202142001 11742
Belarus141 286254133653
Ireland4931 064621151 02725
Croatia4955 3101 010289537
Italy1 3805 0343663592 310110
Latvia14111 3161 5483585912
Malta5790621796
Netherlands4 3398 1009978155 804323
Liechtenstein7213240
Luxembourg56531365671
Monaco4112282
Poland2 755102 14715 1843116 52269
Portugal3143 63038710588317
Romania24215 5932 698381 613146
San Marino063010
Lithuania3441 3227 242551 4741
Spain1 8007 0195867162 998212
Moldova11 56127531560
United Kingdom17 42315 4801 1034 06721 3661 271
Russia50318 3824 1792664 469220
Switzerland1 5631 5861905921 902346
Turkey96413 2937 3861554 27328
Germany13 82125 2313 4082 54716 092891
Slovenia684607761470
Ukraine706 2989421011 47035
Hungary2 1203 972825981 641337
Austria1 5481 4071312481 56899
Vatican City State010000
Bosnia-Herzegovina27313 9354 803161 9391
North Macedonia2313 0321 516177581
Slovakia993 726597133930
Czech Republic8502 2143754598212
Serbia4727 6321 6542789213
Montenegro185181953811
Kosovo27710 4536 162261 5855
Guernsey051000
Jersey040000
Isle of Man000000
Algeria3181 307596166763
Angola1948490222012
Botswana13738326418
Saint Helena21202150
British Indian Ocean Territory210020
Burundi01 12647521122
Comoros352010
Benin0305290
Equatorial Guinea0131000
Côte d'Ivore3832794818333
Eritrea26923 5236 69022406102
Ethiopia5738 7643 616116777836
Egypt2961 4182834360911
Djibouti56055050
Gabon0123170
Gambia1981 252623137900
Ghana832 099912276589
Guinea113141260500
Guinea-Bissau277151290
Cameroon3036802009262128
Cape Verde29338113982947
Kenya3322 0414021821 072210
Congo-Brazzaville26243805538
Congo2343 5589632032856
Lesotho090260
Liberia798883621815735
Libya149301788914
Madagascar1 0621984455486239
Malawi111587311
Mali5452813112
Morocco9406 2564 658632 62910
Western Sahara22700120
Mauritania17321161
Mauritius10018947131790
Namibia1383320684
Niger153181360
Nigeria1422 0426652280617
Mozambique3917623161139
Mayotte000000
Réunion040120
Zimbabwe81285432616825
Rwanda86622544867
Sao Tome and Principe080000
Senegal1631710881444
Central African Republic0483010
Seychelles61532200
Sierra Leone6749619952102
Somalia5828 40215 1911784711
Spanish territories in Africa000000
South Sudan8406981181
Sudan314 9071 43821487
Eswatini201104166
South Africa1 1941 291972711 223380
Tanzania1817681808151698
Chad0438150
Togo6123561361
Tunisia2291 134490267949
Uganda1112 1673105050613
Zambia58469526326938
Burkina Faso13550183
Afghanistan1117 3914 97053612
Armenia12336741413
Azerbaijan45941487773
Bahrain423611226
Bangladesh2021 31543313161130
Bhutan5364601167
Brunei91834815
Myanmar123 2081 0161931
Sri Lanka5129 2056 613611 151185
United Arab Emirates7546143705892
Philippines1 87923 0583 2791 20911 119710
Georgia03575611643
Taiwan1453343827168100
Hong Kong39386225272380139
India1 98914 6104 6721861 9961 356
Indonesia4721 554335105761183
Iraq9823 26511 406221 62714
Iran43418 7485 017383 08935
Israel26572510216176032
Japan8261 10599189873300
Jordan44709251101154
Cambodia29466182221363
Kazakhstan171 029204111790
China1 3539 3222 4525492 0322 678
North Korea1527101710
South Korea5 0231 3161284411 5206 077
Kuwait948818512838
Cyprus1071917301706
Kyrgyzstan0246573610
Laos0148234620
Lebanon2302 9421 0915572415
Macao064121130
Malaysia1488661248239940
Maldives240040
Mongolia0151365438
Oman2251121512
Palestine1153 3821 022512367
Nepal472 2723661513979
Pakistan2 06621 37217 8852027 10823
Timor-Leste0100060
Qatar463249621
Saudi Arabia71 018284207231
Singapore18946447190357249
Tajikistan0127320440
Turkmenistan1993190170
Uzbekistan66861372780
Syria7532 7914 790124414
Thailand76521 5281 1791 3308 861474
Vietnam1 17514 3739 4381222 467206
Yemen26721782151
United States Virgin Islands20001121
Barbados132203290
Antigua and Barbuda050090
Belize51600180
Bahamas122004144
Bermuda460472
British Virgin Islands210123
Canada3 5952 1181496333 007677
Cayman Islands042030
Costa Rica14519685416699
Cuba281 087137426884
Dominica022100160
Dominican Republic27939207514412
Franske Antiller000000
Grenada191433280
Guadeloupe020141
Guatemala1802212150226212
Haiti54135312
Honduras4013327111145
Jamaica4716924141765
Martinique0600100
Mexico1641 5511101451 09024
Montserrat050000
Aruba361202273
Sint Maarten020000
Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba000100
Anguilla010000
Curaçao58214183613
Nicaragua21204172815912
Panama109157592
El Salvador1423756101250
Saint Pierre and Miquelon000000
Saint Kitts and Nevis000201
Saint Lucia51232111
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines660080
Trinidad and Tobago391276156042630
Turks and Caicos Islands030010
United States28 8239 6127294 45818 0775 075
Puerto Rico32426290
Saint Martin000000
Saint Barthélemy000000
Argentina6431 18912814694671
Bolivia1563465061274186
Brazil6305 7413716473 373527
Guyana7484781181
Chile1 4496 1451 8581804 151297
Colombia1 8552 2972453261 3973 744
Ecuador2335967051428224
Falkland Islands012000
French Guiana060160
Paraguay58136132310328
Peru2121 448165991 088188
Suriname294081500
Uruguay8822329211948
Venezuela561 3441505239318
American Samoa600141
Australia9671 869725751 889255
Solomon Islands340080
Christmas Island800001
Cocos (Keeling) Islands000000
Cook Islands700260
Fiji183715460
Vanuatu010020
Tonga1160090
French Polynesia670180
Kiribati020130
Tuvalu010010
Guam000000
Nauru000000
United States Minor Outlying Islands000000
New Zealand3055452211764524
Niue000000
Norfolk Island000000
Territory of New Guinea000000
Micronesia, Federated States of1410070
Papua New Guinea292222
Pitcairn000000
Tokelau000000
Samoa060140
Wallis and Futuna Islands000000
New Caledonia770470
Marshall Islands010000
Palau020020
Northern Mariana Islands000000

About the statistics

The statistics show the number of resident immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents as of 1 January every year.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

For more information (in Norwegian), see subchapter 1.4 in this report.

Immigrants are persons born abroad of two foreign-born parents and four foreign-born grandparents.

Norwegian-born to Immigrant Parents are born in Norway of two parents born abroad and in addition have four grandparents born abroad.

Country of Birth is mainly the mother's place of residence at the time she is giving birth.

Country Background is constructed on the basis of information about the country of birth for three generations and refers to private, or mother's, or father's, or grandparents' foreign country of birth. For people born abroad this is (with few exceptions) their own native land. For people born in Norway this is their parents' country of birth. In cases where the parents have different countries of birth, the mother's country of birth is chosen.

Age, Citizenship and Period of Residence takes values the date on which the statistics are extracted. Period of Residence is stated in whole years.

Standard classifications

Statistics Norway's use of terms in immigrant-related statistics is taken from The Statistical Standard for Classification of Persons by Immigration Background.

The following headings are used for grouping of persons with different immigrant background:

Born in Norway to Norwegian-born Parents

Immigrants

Norwegian-born to Immigrant Parents

Foreign-born with one Norwegian-born Parent

Norwegian-born with One Foreign-born Parent

Foreign-born to Norwegian-born Parents (included intercountry adoptions)

People who do not belong to the group "Immigrants" or "Norwegian-born to Immigrant parents" are referred to as "The General Population". The term can only be used when referring to the other categories.

Country Groupings:

Follows The Standard for Classification of Countries and Citizenships in Population Statistics.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents
Topic: Population

Responsible division

Division for Population Statistics

Regional level

The nation, county and municipality

Frequency and timeliness

Annual

International reporting

Not relevant

Microdata

Files with data at the individual level are processed and stored long term.

Background

Background and purpose

Together with population statistics in other subject areas, the statistics helps showing changes taking place that affect the composition of the population.

In 1991 the former Ministry of Local Government and Labour (KAD) and Statistics Norway joined forces to prepare statistics on immigrants, giving rise to the Immigrant Statistics Project. Until 1996 the project was headed by a steering committee with participants from KAD, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and Statistics Norway.

Users and applications

The statistics have a broad range of users and applications such as research institutes, public administration, press, broadcasting, and private persons.

 

 

 

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Statistics on the immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents show population numbers. The area is clearly connected with migration statistics. Immigration and emigration numbers can be found in the Migration Statistics for each calendar year.

The Quarterly Migration Statistics should also be mentioned. These numbers are provisional, but provide a picture of the changes taking place.

People immigrate on different bases, some are refugees and others have immigrated because of work, education, family or otherwise. For statistics on this, see Immigrants by Reason for Immigration.

Legal authority

§§ 2-1, 2-2, 3-2.

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

Covers all persons who neither have parents nor grandparents born in Norway registered as a resident of Norway on 1 January (for more about the definition resident, read below the point “Definitions”, here).

Asylum seekers and persons on short-term stays (less than six months) are not registered as residents in the population register and thus not included in the statistics.

Data sources and sampling

The statistics are based on population register data.

Since 1946 each municipality has had a local population registry that registers all residents in the municipality pursuant to the Population Registration Act and its regulations. The population registries receive reports of births, deaths, marriages, divorces, migration etc. from various sources.

The National Population Register was built up from 1964 to 1966 on the basis of the 1960 census, at the same time as the 11-digit national identity number was introduced as identification. The register contained everyone included in the population census and subsequently everyone who has lived in Norway since 1 October 1964. In 1995 the Central Population Register (CPR) at the Directorate of Taxes took over as the official register. The Central Office of the National Registry was transferred from Statistics Norway (SSB) to the Directorate of Taxes in 1991.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The updates in the CPR are done by the local population registry offices and the Tax Administration, and updates SSB’s own population database daily. Before January 1998, updates were done monthly. Before May 1995 SSB received messages on tape.

In addition to the checks made by the CPR, Statistics Norway performs checks for statistical purposes.

Seasonal adjustment

The numbers in this production are not seasonally adjusted.

Confidentiality

If a number in a table consists of three or fewer units and disclosing these units can lead to identification of individuals, the number is rounded up or the table cell left empty.

Comparability over time and space

Time: The numbers are comparable from 1995, the first year the statistics were released.

Place: Statistics Norway provides statistics for each municipality. Because the mass is small, numbers are less useful in analyses of the smallest geographical levels.

In many municipalities, particularly the small, numbers can vary widely from year to year, often due to the localization of the reception centers.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Some errors made during the collecting and processing of the data are unavoidable and include coding, data processing errors etc. Extensive efforts have been made to minimize these errors and we regard these types of errors to be relatively insignificant.

Persons without legal residence in Norway are omitted. Estimates of this group's size are very uncertain. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and Oxford Research AS estimated in 2014 that between 18,100 and 56,000 people are staying illegally in Norway. More on this (in Norwegian) in Chap. 6 in the report A Marginal Problem?  

The quality of the data from the National Population Register is generally very good for statistical purposes. Two objections are nevertheless delayed messages and registration of residence. Delayed messages cause events to be recorded and counted in the wrong calendar year. This becomes less problematic when one adds numbers over several years.

When a person who is registered as resident in Norway will move abroad, he must report the move to the Population Register. Some people fail to do that.

Revision

Not relevant