Governance and Society

Faroe Islands population grows by 2.400 in 7 years, driven by high net international migration

The population growth in  the Faroe Islands seems to have no end.

In April 2017, the Faroese population passed 50.000 for the first time ever. Now, nearly a year and half later, the Faroese population has passed a staggering 51.000 as the economic upturn continues.

On 1 July, the Faroe Islands had a population of 51.043, an increase of 830 compared with 1 July last year, according to new population estimates released earlier this month by Hagstova Føroya (Statistics Faroe Islands).

Hagstova Føroya points out that natural growth – more births than deaths – of 237 and net international migration of 593 contributed to the population increase.

All main regions in the Faroe Islands, except for the islands of Sandoy and Suðuroy, had a population growth from July 2017 to July 2018. Kunoy Municipality saw the highest percentage growth, with 13%.

Since 2013, the Faroe Islands have seen an increase in population. The growth is primarily caused by more expats returning to the Faroe Islands, fewer people moving away and a growing number of children being born.

In 2011, there were 2.155 more men than women between the age of 0 to 59 in the Faroe Islands, but in the last few years, women have accounted for the majority of the aforementioned rise in population.

In 2011, the Faroese population was 48.600.

As of 2014, the Faroe Islands had people from 77 different nationalities. 515 were Danish, 433 were from other European countries, 147 came from Asia, 65 from Africa, 55 from the Americas and 23 from Russia.

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