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Table 1 Demographic information for Norwegians and the five biggest immigrant groups in Norway

From: Immigrants’ use of primary health care services for mental health problems

  Norway (n = 2604757) Poland (n = 37669) Sweden (n = 24656) Germany (n = 15772) Pakistan (n = 15067) Iraq (n = 15053)
% women 49.2% 29.6%* 49.6% 43.7%* 48.6% 40.4%*
% married 45.1% 62.7%* 35.5%* 47.8%* 79.2%* 59.8%*
% living in urban area 65.1% 77.2%* 82.3%* 69.6%* 98.6%* 82.7%*
% with no/low personal income1 30.8% 38.5%* 28.9%* 31.1% 61.9%* 63.6%*
Mean age in years (sd) 42.70 (13.96) 36.40* (9.95) 36.40* (13.13) 40.66* (11.81) 40.18* (12.45) 34.72* (10.64)
Reason for immigration2      
% for work - 80.2% 0.3% 67.5% 3.9% 0.4%
% for family - 17.4% 0.2% 22.2% 85.5% 35.1%
% for protection - 0.3% 0.0% 0.4% 4.5% 63.3%
% for other/reason not given - 2.1% 99.5%4 9.9% 6.1% 1.2%
Mean length of stay in years (sd) - 3.53 (6.82) 12.03 (12.52) 9.25 (12.69) 19.35 (11.21) 7.86 (4.81)
% with at least one P-consultation3      
Overall 12.3% 3.5%* 9.7%* 6.4%* 11.9% 16.3%*
  1. 1includes only those aged 20+ years.
  2. 2excludes those migrating prior to 1990 as this information was not previously recorded.
  3. 3unadjusted rates – includes both GP and EPC consultations.
  4. 4Scandinavian immigrants are not required to report reason for migration.
  5. *indicates a significant difference compared to Norwegians (p < 0.05).