10. Jan 2024
Population on 1 December: 54,547

The Faroese population increased by 478 people from 1 December 2022 to 1 December 2023. This is an increase of 0.9%, slightly less than in the previous 12-month period.

The population growth is continuing but at a slower pace. The annual growth, which has been around 1% in 2023, has now reached 0.9%. The last period with consistent periods of 1% growth was in 2014.


The population trend is determined by net migration (the difference in the number of immigrants and emigrants) and the excess of live births over deaths. The population growth in the past year comes from an excess of births of 176 people and a net migration figure of 302 people. 

The table below shows that the population growth has slowed down compared to the previous 12-month period.

Fewer emigrants

The graph below indicates decreasing trends in both immigration and emigration. Immigration appears to be decreasing slightly more than emigration, resulting in a lower net migration figure. In the 2017-2022 period, the annual net migration figure ranged between 400 and 500. This figure reached 302 in the past year.


Fewer births and fewer deaths

The graph below shows a downward trend in both birth rates and death rates over the past two years. The death rate has declined more than the birth rate, resulting in a higher excess of births over deaths. Prior to the large decline in the excess of births, which began two years ago, the excess of births figure ranged between 200 and 300. In the previous 12-month period, this figure reached 121. In the past year it increased to 176.


Not many new Danish citizens

The graph below paints a clear picture: non-Danish citizens are driving the current population growth, with Danish citizens relegated to a minor role (8%) in the past year, a significant departure from their previous leading position.


Growth in most municipalities

There was population growth in 18 of the 29 municipalities in the past year. Tórshavn, Klaksvík and Runavík municipalities had the highest growth. Within these municipalities, the highest growth was in Tórshavn, Hoyvík, Klaksvík and Saltangará. The population declined in ten municipalities – five of which are in Suðuroy – and remained unchanged in one. The table below shows the population across all 29 municipalities, with details for each town and village on 1 December 2022 and 1 December 2023.


Population figures have a one-month lag
The figures have a one-month lag due to delays in registrations, especially regarding address changes, where many registrations are made after the month of address change has ended. To accommodate as many corrections as possible, there is a one-month lag in the data.

About the population figures
The population is defined as all individuals registered in the national register as residents of the Faroe Islands. Population data includes date of birth, gender, place of birth, citizenship, relationship status, and, where applicable, information on immigration and emigration, domestically as well as between the Faroe Islands and other nations.

About the trend
The trend describes the population trend by adjusting for seasonal effects and other error components in the population figure.

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