The most common male baby name in Oslo was Mohammed in 2018, reflecting Oslo’s large Pakistani, Moroccan, and Somali communities.
By Amal El Attaq
Rabat – The Norwegian Statistical Office has announced that “Mohammed” and its various spellings wass the most common baby name in 2018 among males in the Norwegian capital, Oslo.
In an article published on January 24, the office said that while Lucas is the most popular male name nationally, Mohammed dominates in Oslo.
He pointed out that the name Mohammed was the most popular in Oslo 10 years ago. In 2018, Mohammed was followed by Lucas, Philip, Oscar, and Oliver in popularity in Oslo.
According to Pakistani outlet the Nation, Mohammed does not come in the top 10 names in other Norwegian cities.
According to Sputnik, Oslo has the largest immigrant population in Norway, with many Norwegians born to immigrant parents. Of its total population of 624,000, 190,000 are immigrants or people born to immigrant parents.
“The proportion of Muslims living in the Norwegian capital is 8.7 percent,” said the news agency. It related that people from Morocco, Pakistan, and Somalia form the largest international Muslim communities.
Mohammed was also the most popular name in the Swedish city of Malmo in 2017, and was ranked 10th most common in England and Wales during the same year.