Iraqis in Norway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Iraqis in Norway
Total population
32,304 (2017)
Regions with significant populations
Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger, Bærum, Trondheim, Drammen, Kristiansand, Fredrikstad, Asker [1]
Norwegian, Iraqi Arabic, Kurdish, Neo-Aramaic
Predominantly Islam.
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, 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.[2]

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.[3] 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).[3]

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]