Story: Scandinavians

Scandinavian-born population in New Zealand, by country of origin, 1881–2013

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Danes have traditionally dominated Scandinavian migration to New Zealand. In the 19th century they made up roughly half of all Scandinavian arrivals. Their dominance increased with new arrivals in 1950s, following the Second World War. Finns first appeared in 1921, after Finland’s declaration of independence in 1917. Prior to this, Finnish immigrants were probably classified as Russians. Swedish migrant numbers grew significantly from the early 1980s, and were not far off numbers from Denmark by 2013.

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Source: New Zealand census 1881–2013

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Carl Walrond, 'Scandinavians - 20th-century migration', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 June 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015