On 1 January 2018, the population of the Faroe Islands was 50.498, according to new population estimates released this week by Hagstova Føroya (Statistics Faroe Islands).
This represents an increase of 676, or 1.4%, from New Year´s Day 2017 when the population was 49.822.
Hagstova Føroya points out that natural growth – more births than deaths – of 211 and net international migration of 465 contributed to the increase.
But population estimates also show that the growth spurt in the Faroe Islands slowed down somewhat from 2017 to 2018. Net international immigration increased from 404 in 2017 to 465 in 2018 but the excess of births over deaths dropped from 296 in 2017 to 211 in 2018.
Thus, population growth in the Faroe Islands dropped from 700 in 2017 to 676 in 2018.
All main regions in the Faroe Islands had an increase in population in 2017 but the fastest-growing regions were Vága Sýsla (Vágar), Steymoy uttanfyri Tórshavnarøkið (Streymoy outside of the Tórshavn area) and Eysturoy.