Foreigners equal 4.5 percent of the population

The number of foreign citizens in Norway has now passed 200,000. Danish and Swedish citizens top the statistics, followed by Iraqis.

According to numbers presented by Statistics Norway, there were 204,731 foreign citizens in Norway at the beginning of 2004, equalling 4.5 percent of the total population.

The number has increased with 7,000 compared to last year, equalling an increase of 3.6 percent. According to Statistics Norway, the increase is 4,300 less compared to 2002.

Swedish and Danish citizens top the statistics with 25,450 and 20,000 representatively, and the third largest group is currently Iraqis consisting of a total of 13,370 persons. The fourth largest group is the Britons represented with 11,000 people.

According to Statistics Norway, the largest increases in 2003 was Somalis with 1485 persons, Afghans with 1395 persons, and Russians with 1375 persons. The increase of Afghans was 47 percent, while for Somalis it was 18 and Russians 29 percent.

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