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Drastic diversity: Population of Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund hits record high of 2,310; most of the newcomers are foreigners


A record 2,310 residents were living in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund as of July 1, an increase of 96 since the beginning of the year, according to Statistics Norway. Foreigners accounted for 70 percent of the increase and now represent 32 percent of the population – and in some age groups they now outnumber Norwegians.

Increasingly international: Percentage of foreigners in Longyearbyen, Ny-Ålesund doubles in less than a decade


A total of 29.7 percent of residents in Longyearbyen and Ny-Ålesund are foreigners, a total that has more than doubled in less than a decade in a steady increase that appears likely to continue, according to a report released last week by Statistics Norway.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of Sept. 27, 2016


Number of kids under six down nearly 40 percent since 2013
The number of children five years of age and under has dropped nearly 40 percent during the past three years, according to Statistics Norway, although there is disagreement among officials about the cause.

Foreign figures: Little drop in Svalbard’s total population despite layoffs, but long-term shifts in demographics


Despite mass layoffs during the past year and dire predictions about Longyearbyen losing more than a quarter of its population, the overall population picture isn’t that different yet – although the components of it certainly are.

Svalbard had a total of 2,654 residents as of Jan. 1, a drop of only 13 during the last six months of 2015, according to Statistics Norway. The 2,152 residents in Norwegian settlements was 37 fewer than six months earlier, but the statistics bureau isn’t declaring that noteworthy.

Briefs from Svalbardposten for the week of April 28, 2015


Expert: First magpie spotted in Svalbard is the ‘bomb’
The first-ever sighting of a magpie in Svalbard, photographed last week on Bjørnøya, is the 213th bird species registered in the archipelago, according to the Norwegian Nature Inspectorate.