The excess of births over deaths was unusually low in the first half of this year. Relatively many people died, while the number of live births was slightly lower than in the previous 12-month period. However, with a slight increase in net migration, the total population continues to increase.
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 1.3% growth over the past year is made up of an excess of births of 163 children and a net migration figure of 535 people.
The table below shows a slight year-on-year increase in net migration while the excess of births dropped by almost half in the past year.
Moderate increase in net migration
The graph below shows the trend in immigration and emigration. It indicates an increasing difference in immigration and emigration figures, with a monthly average of about 50 more immigrants than emigrants today, compared to about 40 one year ago.
Big decrease in excess of births
The trend in the graph below shows that the difference in the number of live births and deaths has decreased significantly in the past months due to a higher-than-usual number of deaths. About 10 more births than deaths are registered on average per month today. Up to the start of this year, this difference was between 20 and 25.
Highest growth in the largest municipalities
Tórshavn municipality saw the highest population increase in the past year, representing almost half of the total increase. Klaksvík and Runavík municipalities also had high population growth, as did Nes, Eiði and Sunda municipalities. The biggest decrease was registered in Sandur, Hvalba, Sørvágur and Sumba municipalities.
Many municipalities are now enjoying the highest population figures since records began in 1985. Tórshavn municipality’s population is now approaching 23,000, Klaksvík municipality has surpassed 5,400 and Runavík municipality now has a population of more than 4,300.
Other munipalities with record-high population figures include Sjóvar, Sund, Eiði and Vágar.
Population figures for each municipality, town and village are outlined in the table below.
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.