Norway: Number of Births, by gender
YearNumber of boysNumber of girls
202226,44525,035
202128,68427,376
202027,06325,916
201928,04226,453
201828,43026,690
201729,17327,460
201630,38628,504
201530,36928,689
201430,37028,714
201330,13828,857
201230,93329,322
  • Region: Norway
  • Time period: 2012 to 2022
  • Published: Mar 2023

Data Analysis and Insights

Updated: Apr 15, 2024 | Published by: Statistico | About Us / Data / Analysis

Decline in the Total Number of Live Births

From 2012 to 2022, the total number of live births in Norway showed a significant downward trend, decreasing from 60,255 births to 51,480 births. This represents a notable reduction of approximately 14.6% over a decade.

Gender Distribution of Births

Throughout the years 2012 to 2022, the number of boys born annually consistently exceeded the number of girls. In 2012, 30,933 boys were born compared to 29,322 girls, maintaining a gender ratio favoring boys in subsequent years.

Largest Annual Decrease in Birth Numbers

The most substantial year-over-year decline in live births occurred between 2021 and 2022, with a total decrease of 4,678 births. This period saw births plummet from 56,060 to 51,480, highlighting the sharpest rate of decline within the dataset.

Steady Decline in Births of Both Genders

Both boys and girls have experienced a steady decline in birth numbers from 2016 onwards, with boys seeing a decrease from 30,386 to 26,445 and girls from 28,504 to 25,035 by 2022.

Historical Highs in Birth Numbers

The data points to 2016 as the year with the highest number of live births for both genders within the observed period, totaling 30,386 boys and 28,504 girls. This year stands out as a recent peak in birth numbers.

Consistency in Gender Ratios

Despite fluctuations in total birth numbers, the proportion of boys to girls born each year has remained relatively stable. The ratio has consistently hovered around a slightly higher number of boys compared to girls throughout the examined period.

Recent Low in Birth Numbers

The year 2022 marked a significant low in the dataset with the lowest number of live births recorded for both genders, tallying 26,445 boys and 25,035 girls. This year underscores the continuing trend of declining birth rates.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did the total number of live births in Norway change in recent years?

The total number of live births in Norway decreased by approximately 14.6% from 60,255 births to 51,480 births between 2012 and 2022.

What has been the gender distribution of births in Norway in recent years?

Between 2012 and 2022, there were consistently more boys born annually than girls, with 2012 marking a difference of 30,933 boys versus 29,322 girls born.

When did the largest annual decrease in live births in Norway occur?

The most significant decrease in live births in Norway happened between 2021 and 2022 with a drop of 4,678 births.

Terms and Definitions

A live birth refers to the complete expulsion or extraction from its mother of a product of conception, irrespective of the duration of the pregnancy, which, after such separation, breathes or shows any other evidence of life such as beating of the heart, pulsation of the umbilical cord, or definite movement of voluntary muscles.

Birth rate is the number of live births occurring among the population of a certain area during a particular period, typically calculated per 1,000 or 1,000,000 people per year.

Demographics refer to statistical data relating to the population and particular groups within it. In this context, it refers to the population of Norway, segmented by the specific group of interest being the number of live male and female births per year.

Population growth is the increase in a country's population during a period of time, usually one year, expressed as a percentage of the population at the start of that period. It consists of both the excess of live births over deaths and net migration.

Fertility rate is the average number of children a woman gives birth to in her lifetime. In this context, it may be related indirectly, as changes in birth numbers can reflect changes in fertility rate.

Gender ratio at birth is the proportion of males to females in a given population. Typically, the natural average worldwide is around 105 males born for every 100 females, but this can vary slightly.
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