10. Nov 2021
Population increased by 805 people in the past year

The Faroese population was 53,513 on 1 October this year, a year-on-year increase of 805 people (1.5%). The capital region saw the highest increase, while Sandoy had the biggest decline.

In relative terms, the population growth is at the same level as the previous 12-month period (1.5%). There has been a relative growth of between 1.5% and 1.8% for each 12-month period in the past four years. The graph below shows the population trend.


The population trend is determined by net migration (the difference in the number of immigrants and emigrants) and the excess of births over deaths. The increase in the past year is made up of a net migration figure of 517 and an excess-of-births figure of 288, which is roughly the same as the previous period.

The solid lines in the graph below track the trend for immigration and emigration.


The solid lines in the graph below track the trend in live births and deaths.


The table below shows the population per region on 1 October 2020 and 1 October 2021. Suðurstreymoy and Eysturoy make up a majority of the population growth in the past year, as was the case in the previous period. The figures have changed, however, for the other five regions compared to the previous 12-month period, with Norðoyggjar, Vágar and Suðuroy seeing more growth, while the figures for Norðurstreymoy and Sandoy flipped from growth to decline.


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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