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Municipal population change in the Nordic Region (2010-2016)

Population change by main components 2010-2016 on municipal level

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Migration flows are of growing interest in the Nordic Region due to both unprecedented in-flows of migrants, and depopulation in many rural areas.

A large portion of the population increase in the Nordic municipalities has occurred around larger cities, towns and municipalities and the decreases have mostly been observed in sparsely populated areas. There are very few municipalities that have experienced population increase alongside negative net-migration however many have experienced population increase alongside negative natural change. This suggests that migration was a stronger driver of population increase than natural change from 2010-2016. At the municipal level, Sweden and Finland appear to be the countries most dramatically affected by population decline.