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Mapped: Nordic migration between 1960 and 2010

Mapped: Nordic migration between 1960 and 2010

| Nordregio for the Nordic Labour Journal, map: Julien Grunfelder; data collected by Linus Rispling an Julien Grunfelder

There have been major changes between 1960 and 2010. Sweden has the most emigrants, Norway takes in the most immigrants - not only from other Nordic countries, but from former eastern European countries and other parts of the world too.


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  • Sweden received the most Nordic immigrants, especially from Finland
  • Denmark also received a considerable number of Nordic immigrants.
  • Considerable emigration from Finland and Iceland
  • Emigration to the Nordic countries: Mostly from European countries, followed by North and South America. 
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  • Norway receives more Nordic migrants than any of the other Nordic countries
  • Denmark is the second country with a surplus of Nordic migrants
  • The situation is more balanced in Sweden and Finland
  • Iceland still tops emigration statistics
  • Emigration to the Nordic countries: Mainly from other European countries. Considerable amount of emigrants from Asia. Sweden is the main destination.
Moving to Sweden

Suburbs like Vällingby, built 1954 outside Stockholm, received many  visitors from all over the world. It was considered the city of the future and had Swedens first shopping centre. Photo: Bernhard Lindahl


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