10. Sep 2020
Slight decline in population growth continues

On 1 August this year, the Faroese population was 52,816, an increase of 733 people (1.4%) on August 2019.

This is a slight decline on the previous 12-month period, which saw a population growth of 848 (1.7%). The difference is due to a slight decline in the excess of births over deaths and net migration.


The Faroe Islands have enjoyed a steady population growth over the past seven years, with an average monthly increase of 60-70 people. It is likely that the current decline in this growth is due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The graph below shows that although the difference is relatively minor, it does affect the long-term population trend.



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.