Norway population tops five million

Norway will today break the five million inhabitants barrier, the country’s statistics bureau predicts.

As of today there will be five million Norwegians, according to Statistics Norway. The landmark means that the country’s population has increased by around 4,000 since the beginning of the year.

Norway reached its first million inhabitants in 1822 and broke the two million mark in 1890, Vísir.is reports.

The 19th Century saw a rapid decline in the country’s infant mortality rate; leading to Norway becoming the fastest-growing nation in all of Europe, Norska Dagbladet stated in a recent article.

There could have been a lot more Norwegians, however; as at least a million of them moved to the USA between 1825 and 1930.