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Large health differences between population groups in Norway
Date:12/2/2008

There are large health differences between groups of immigrants in Oslo. Compared with Norwegians, the differences are also great. The differences are seen for risk factors and actual diseases. This is shown in a new report from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. Five of the largest immigrant groups were compared with each other and the ethnic Norwegian population. The report was commissioned in order to target health care better.

The five immigrant groups in this study come from Pakistan, Turkey, Iran, Vietnam and Sri Lanka. There are large differences within the individual groups - in the same way there are large differences in the Norwegian population. Among others, people with a higher education level generally have better health than those with a lower level of education regardless of birth country.

Here is a selection of the findings:

Socio-demographic Characteristics

  • Among immigrant groups, men were generally older than the women from same country.
  • The age of the immigrants reflects migration history from low and middle income countries to Norway; Pakistanis had the highest average age and Sri Lankans the lowest.
  • Men had a higher education than women, particularly among immigrants from Turkey and Pakistan. Iranians, Norwegians and Sri Lankans had a higher education than those from Vietnam, Pakistan and Turkey.
  • More men had full time employment than women, and Norwegian men had the highest proportion of full time employment. At the other end of the scale, Pakistani women had the lowest proportion of full time employees.
  • More men than women live alone, particularly Iranians and those born in Norway. Among Sri Lankans and Pakistanis there are fewer who live alone.
  • Over 90 percent of the immigrants in our study live in Oslo East.

Self-Reported Health

  • Those born in Norway reported good health more frequently compared to the immigrant
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Contact: Media Info
julie.johansen@fhi.no
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Source:Eurekalert

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