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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.