Iraqis in Norway
|Regions with significant populations|
|Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Bærum, Trondheim, Drammen, Kristiansand, Fredrikstad, Asker |
|Norwegian, Iraqi Arabic, Kurdish, Neo-Aramaic|
Minority Syriac Christianity and Catholicism
|Related ethnic groups|
|Arabs, Armenians, Assyrians, Azeris, Chaldeans, Iranians, Mizrahim, Turks,
Some descendants Norwegians
Iraqis in Norway make up approximately 32,304 people. They are mostly refugees from the Iran-Iraq war, the Saddam regime and in particular the Iraq War. Iraqis are the fifth largest immigrant group in Norway after Poles, Swedes, Pakistanis and Somalis.
As of 1 January 2012[update], the Norwegian Statistisk Sentralbyrå reported that there were 28, 935 Iraqis in Norway of which 21, 784 are first generation immigrants and 7 151 are born in Norway to two Iraqi parents.
Due to a large Iraqi population present in Norway, many have integrated and married Norwegians, as from 1996 to 2004, 179 marriages were contracted between a resident Iraqi man and a Norwegian woman, which makes up 19 per cent of the marriages. Iraqis are a group of refugees with a relatively short duration of residence in Norway (80 per cent have lived in Norway less than 10 years).
- Nora Foss al-Jabri, child singer (Iraqi father and Norwegian mother)
- Namaa Alward, actress
- Mullah Krekar, Islamist
- Mohyeldeen Mohammad, Islamist
- Walid al-Kubaisi, writer