Since January 1 the population has increased with 722 people.
More than half of the municipalities have experienced an increase of the population – mostly a result of people moving to the region.
In the period from July to October 1167 people moved to Finnmark, 363 of them from abroad. In the same period 947 people moved out of Finnmark, 42 of them to another country, numbers from Statistics Norway show. 207 children were born and 160 people died in the same period.
The largest municipalities in Finnamark are Alta (19 616), Hammerfest (10 075) and Sør-Varanger (9952).
The population in Finnmark had its peak in 1975 with 79 413 inhabitants.
Also the two other counties in Northern Norway had population increase in the third quarter of 2012. Troms has 601 more inhabitants than in July, Nordland 326.
When Bjørne Kvernmo docked his ship, “Havsel,” at the port in Tromsø this month, he knew it would be the end of a tradition he’s kept up for 40 years. With his return, northern Norway’s long-standing seal hunt had finally come to a close.
According to a doctoral dissertation to be published by the University of Helsinki, the indigenous Sámi people of Northern Finland generally have lower cancer rates than the rest of the country’s population.