10. Dec 2021
Population was 53,613 on 1 November

The Faroese population has increased by 810 people (1,5%) since November 2020. Stremoy accounts for more than half of the growth.

The graph below shows the population trend in recent years.


The population trend is determined by net migration figures and the excess of births over deaths. One third of the growth over the past year is made up of an excess of births of 268 children. Two thirds of the growth are made up of a net migration of 542 people.

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


The solid lines in the graph below show the trend for births and deaths.


The table below shows the population by island in November 2020 and November 2021. Streymoy (1.8%) and Eysturoy (1.9%) saw the highest population growth, accounting for 84% of the total population growth over the past year. The population for these two islands is now at a record high.

The biggest population decline was in Sandoy which has dropped by 22 people (1.8%) over the past year.


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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