324490
/en/befolkning/statistikker/folkemengde/aar-berekna
324490
statistikk
2017-12-15T08:00:00.000Z
Population;Immigration and immigrants;Population
en
folkemengde, Population and population changes, population, inhabitants, mean population, increase in population, marital status (for example married, single, divorced), age, sexPopulation, Children, families and households, Population count, Immigration and immigrants, Population
true

Population and population changes

Updated

Next update

Key figures

38 500

estimated population growth in 2017

Estimated population growth and population. The whole country and the ten largest municipalities.
The ten largest municipalities2017
Population 1st January. Final figuresEstimated populationEstimated population 31st DecemberEstimated population growth. Per cent
The whole country5 258 31738 4785 296 7950.7
Oslo666 7596 078672 8370.9
Bergen278 5561 352279 9080.5
Trondheim190 4642 864193 3281.5
Stavanger132 729281133 0100.2
Bærum124 0081 403125 4111.1
Kristiansand89 2682 31891 5862.6
Fredrikstad80 12188981 0101.1
Sandnes75 49783076 3271.1
Tromsø74 5411 01675 5571.4
Drammen68 36348668 8490.7

See more tables on this subject

Table 1 
Estimated population growth and population. The whole country, counties and municipalities.

Estimated population growth and population. The whole country, counties and municipalities.
2017
Population 1 January. Final figuresEstimated population growthEstimated population. 31 st. December
The whole country5 258 31738 4785 296 795
 
County
01 Østfold292 8932 576295 469
02 Akershus604 3689 959614 327
03 Oslo666 7596 078672 837
04 Hedmark196 190811197 001
05 Oppland189 479418189 897
06 Buskerud279 7142 372282 086
07 Vestfold247 0482 248249 296
08 Telemark173 307427173 734
09 Aust-Agder116 673590117 263
10 Vest-Agder184 1162 657186 773
11 Rogaland472 0241 618473 642
12 Hordaland519 9632 952522 915
14 Sogn og Fjordane110 266-172110 094
15 Møre og Romsdal266 274584266 858
16 Sør-Trøndelag317 3633 459320 822
17 Nord-Trøndelag137 233534137 767
18 Nordland242 866609243 475
19 Troms - Romsa165 632756166 388
20 Finnmark - Finnmárku76 149276 151
 
Municipality
0101 Halden30 79027131 061
0104 Moss32 40718932 596
0105 Sarpsborg55 12731355 440
0106 Fredrikstad80 12188981 010
0111 Hvaler4 517124 529
0118 Aremark1 39891 407
0119 Marker3 597-363 561
0121 Rømskog685-6679
0122 Trøgstad5 367-365 331
0123 Spydeberg5 7651005 865
0124 Askim15 72010015 820
0125 Eidsberg11 406-2211 384
0127 Skiptvet3 783633 846
0128 Rakkestad8 173428 215
0135 Råde7 398877 485
0136 Rygge15 74735716 104
0137 Våler (Østf.)5 3351455 480
0138 Hobøl5 557995 656
0211 Vestby17 18833917 527
0213 Ski30 69821330 911
0214 Ås19 28879720 085
0215 Frogn15 7431815 761
0216 Nesodden18 86941519 284
0217 Oppegård26 98817427 162
0219 Bærum124 0081 403125 411
0220 Asker60 78121260 993
0221 Aurskog-Høland16 16221416 376
0226 Sørum17 66527717 942
0227 Fet11 55512111 676
0228 Rælingen17 73018617 916
0229 Enebakk10 9273910 966
0230 Lørenskog37 4061 46438 870
0231 Skedsmo53 27682154 097
0233 Nittedal23 21338323 596
0234 Gjerdrum6 5461606 706
0235 Ullensaker35 1021 46136 563
0236 Nes (Ak.)21 24142521 666
0237 Eidsvoll24 41525024 665
0238 Nannestad12 65759113 248
0239 Hurdal2 910-42 906
0301 Oslo municipality666 7596 078672 837
0402 Kongsvinger17 8578917 946
0403 Hamar30 59836930 967
0412 Ringsaker33 84234234 184
0415 Løten7 633-217 612
0417 Stange20 31731120 628
0418 Nord-Odal5 100-35 097
0419 Sør-Odal7 866167 882
0420 Eidskog6 12716 128
0423 Grue4 777-344 743
0425 Åsnes7 329-697 260
0426 Våler (Hedm.)3 743-463 697
0427 Elverum21 0862921 115
0428 Trysil6 550-36 547
0429 Åmot4 518-164 502
0430 Stor-Elvdal2 530-402 490
0432 Rendalen1 858-311 827
0434 Engerdal1 274261 300
0436 Tolga1 620-681 552
0437 Tynset5 584225 606
0438 Alvdal2 441-142 427
0439 Folldal1 577-141 563
0441 Os (Hedm.)1 963-351 928
0501 Lillehammer27 78117927 960
0502 Gjøvik30 31934930 668
0511 Dovre2 675-362 639
0512 Lesja2 048-92 039
0513 Skjåk2 202-322 170
0514 Lom2 360-282 332
0515 Vågå3 640-183 622
0516 Nord-Fron5 723-25 721
0517 Sel5 916-445 872
0519 Sør-Fron3 163-43 159
0520 Ringebu4 502-574 445
0521 Øyer5 082725 154
0522 Gausdal6 204-656 139
0528 Østre Toten14 887-2414 863
0529 Vestre Toten13 1799813 277
0532 Jevnaker6 696836 779
0533 Lunner9 08019 081
0534 Gran13 7075413 761
0536 Søndre Land5 717-535 664
0538 Nordre Land6 773-66 767
0540 Sør-Aurdal3 026-272 999
0541 Etnedal1 351-71 344
0542 Nord-Aurdal6 490-536 437
0543 Vestre Slidre2 114332 147
0544 Øystre Slidre3 248-183 230
0545 Vang1 596321 628
0602 Drammen68 36348668 849
0604 Kongsberg27 21620227 418
0605 Ringerike30 03433230 366
0612 Hole6 772606 832
0615 Flå1 081-101 071
0616 Nes (Busk.)3 357-143 343
0617 Gol4 612-44 608
0618 Hemsedal2 44272 449
0619 Ål4 719-904 629
0620 Hol4 535-164 519
0621 Sigdal3 502-293 473
0622 Krødsherad2 257182 275
0623 Modum13 7869613 882
0624 Øvre Eiker18 56232918 891
0625 Nedre Eiker24 71829525 013
0626 Lier25 74020525 945
0627 Røyken21 93155122 482
0628 Hurum9 462-219 441
0631 Flesberg2 696-72 689
0632 Rollag1 399211 420
0633 Nore og Uvdal2 530-392 491
0701 Horten27 20215927 361
0702 Holmestrand10 86111610 977
0704 Tønsberg44 92249945 421
0709 Larvik44 08219344 275
0710 Sandefjord62 01973562 754
0711 Svelvik6 653186 671
0713 Sande (Vestf.)9 4962599 755
0714 Hof3 176-143 162
0716 Re9 4861459 631
0722 Nøtterøy21 7489921 847
0723 Tjøme4 928-294 899
0728 Lardal2 475682 543
0805 Porsgrunn36 198-336 195
0806 Skien54 31627854 594
0807 Notodden12 757-6312 694
0811 Siljan2 357-42 353
0814 Bamble14 1385814 196
0815 Kragerø10 586-5310 533
0817 Drangedal4 148-344 114
0819 Nome6 585356 620
0821 Bø (Telem.)6 2622366 498
0822 Sauherad4 303524 355
0826 Tinn5 894-115 883
0827 Hjartdal1 593-61 587
0828 Seljord2 979-252 954
0829 Kviteseid2 442-372 405
0830 Nissedal1 47681 484
0831 Fyresdal1 319161 335
0833 Tokke2 22852 233
0834 Vinje3 726-253 701
0901 Risør6 936-436 893
0904 Grimstad22 69232323 015
0906 Arendal44 5768544 661
0911 Gjerstad2 511-342 477
0912 Vegårshei2 104-152 089
0914 Tvedestrand6 051206 071
0919 Froland5 713705 783
0926 Lillesand10 70216310 865
0928 Birkenes5 178185 196
0929 Åmli1 856-41 852
0935 Iveland1 342-151 327
0937 Evje og Hornnes3 614303 644
0938 Bygland1 20041 204
0940 Valle1 246-271 219
0941 Bykle95215967
1001 Kristiansand89 2682 31891 586
1002 Mandal15 6004915 649
1003 Farsund9 769-219 748
1004 Flekkefjord9 090149 104
1014 Vennesla14 42511514 540
1017 Songdalen6 568746 642
1018 Søgne11 3216211 383
1021 Marnardal2 309-42 305
1026 Åseral9375942
1027 Audnedal1 765221 787
1029 Lindesnes4 950-44 946
1032 Lyngdal8 58868 594
1034 Hægebostad1 702111 713
1037 Kvinesdal5 988126 000
1046 Sirdal1 836-21 834
1101 Eigersund14 899-2114 878
1102 Sandnes75 49783076 327
1103 Stavanger132 729281133 010
1106 Haugesund37 1667737 243
1111 Sokndal3 316273 343
1112 Lund3 259-43 255
1114 Bjerkreim2 82692 835
1119 Hå18 800-2418 776
1120 Klepp19 04220919 251
1121 Time18 6562018 676
1122 Gjesdal11 902-3311 869
1124 Sola26 01629226 308
1127 Randaberg10 8738310 956
1129 Forsand1 24561 251
1130 Strand12 662-2012 642
1133 Hjelmeland2 708-52 703
1134 Suldal3 853-23 851
1135 Sauda4 760-834 677
1141 Finnøy3 235-283 207
1142 Rennesøy4 892-504 842
1144 Kvitsøy5346540
1145 Bokn855-7848
1146 Tysvær11 041-311 038
1149 Karmøy42 2296742 296
1151 Utsira2015206
1160 Vindafjord8 828-148 814
1201 Bergen278 5561 352279 908
1211 Etne4 135-414 094
1216 Sveio5 656375 693
1219 Bømlo11 80610711 913
1221 Stord18 821-2518 796
1222 Fitjar3 189163 205
1223 Tysnes2 847192 866
1224 Kvinnherad13 241-4213 199
1227 Jondal1 108-11 107
1228 Odda7 025-1666 859
1231 Ullensvang3 377-53 372
1232 Eidfjord92110931
1233 Ulvik1 131-21 129
1234 Granvin933-6927
1235 Voss14 5144614 560
1238 Kvam8 423648 487
1241 Fusa3 895203 915
1242 Samnanger2 488-172 471
1243 Os (Hord.)20 15244120 593
1244 Austevoll5 156305 186
1245 Sund7 058327 090
1246 Fjell25 20452025 724
1247 Askøy28 82132929 150
1251 Vaksdal4 12374 130
1252 Modalen383-5378
1253 Osterøy8 026948 120
1256 Meland8 021998 120
1259 Øygarden4 913-614 852
1260 Radøy5 128125 140
1263 Lindås15 7316915 800
1264 Austrheim2 884232 907
1265 Fedje587-24563
1266 Masfjorden1 710201 730
1401 Flora11 999-1211 987
1411 Gulen2 371-332 338
1412 Solund79410804
1413 Hyllestad1 438-531 385
1416 Høyanger4 190-584 132
1417 Vik2 722-402 682
1418 Balestrand1 288-191 269
1419 Leikanger2 33282 340
1420 Sogndal7 9411188 059
1421 Aurland1 787-121 775
1422 Lærdal2 159-62 153
1424 Årdal5 363-955 268
1426 Luster5 151555 206
1428 Askvoll3 06553 070
1429 Fjaler2 862-472 815
1430 Gaular2 966353 001
1431 Jølster3 049-93 040
1432 Førde13 0095113 060
1433 Naustdal2 848-232 825
1438 Bremanger3 847-553 792
1439 Vågsøy6 031-475 984
1441 Selje2 791-202 771
1443 Eid6 064766 140
1444 Hornindal1 198-191 179
1445 Gloppen5 783715 854
1449 Stryn7 218-537 165
1502 Molde26 8225126 873
1504 Ålesund47 19927747 476
1505 Kristiansund24 442-14824 294
1511 Vanylven3 203-163 187
1514 Sande (M. og R.)2 540-92 531
1515 Herøy (M. og R.)8 95788 965
1516 Ulstein8 457978 554
1517 Hareid5 18515 186
1519 Volda9 102999 201
1520 Ørsta10 7444210 786
1523 Ørskog2 296-102 286
1524 Norddal1 663121 675
1525 Stranda4 623-294 594
1526 Stordal1 005-27978
1528 Sykkylven7 695-87 687
1529 Skodje4 667144 681
1531 Sula9 007899 096
1532 Giske8 1761358 311
1534 Haram9 312349 346
1535 Vestnes6 577-196 558
1539 Rauma7 503-37 500
1543 Nesset2 963-312 932
1545 Midsund2 085-382 047
1546 Sandøy1 246121 258
1547 Aukra3 547263 573
1548 Fræna9 741319 772
1551 Eide3 454-33 451
1554 Averøy5 85655 861
1557 Gjemnes2 611132 624
1560 Tingvoll3 109-263 083
1563 Sunndal7 12667 132
1566 Surnadal5 986-165 970
1567 Rindal2 026202 046
1571 Halsa1 599-241 575
1573 Smøla2 160162 176
1576 Aure3 59033 593
1601 Trondheim190 4642 864193 328
1612 Hemne4 259-84 251
1613 Snillfjord9827989
1617 Hitra4 659-134 646
1620 Frøya4 937394 976
1621 Ørland5 291555 346
1622 Agdenes1 711-181 693
1624 Rissa6 628-76 621
1627 Bjugn4 822444 866
1630 Åfjord3 263153 278
1632 Roan959-3956
1633 Osen978-17961
1634 Oppdal6 973-16 972
1635 Rennebu2 55612 557
1636 Meldal3 960-333 927
1638 Orkdal11 8914811 939
1640 Røros5 623435 666
1644 Holtålen2 046-142 032
1648 Midtre Gauldal6 319-706 249
1653 Melhus16 21320916 422
1657 Skaun8 0001688 168
1662 Klæbu6 050446 094
1663 Malvik13 82010813 928
1664 Selbu4 09894 107
1665 Tydal861-11850
1702 Steinkjer21 9725122 023
1703 Namsos13 0513113 082
1711 Meråker2 508-452 463
1714 Stjørdal23 62526223 887
1717 Frosta2 630-92 621
1718 Leksvik3 480-383 442
1719 Levanger19 89224520 137
1721 Verdal14 8498714 936
1724 Verran2 515-392 476
1725 Namdalseid1 593-11 592
1736 Snåase - Snåsa2 159-442 115
1738 Lierne1 389-71 382
1739 Raarvihke - Røyrvik4694473
1740 Namsskogan87230902
1742 Grong2 467-522 415
1743 Høylandet1 264111 275
1744 Overhalla3 84033 843
1748 Fosnes628-10618
1749 Flatanger1 090101 100
1750 Vikna4 418604 478
1751 Nærøy5 138-185 120
1755 Leka584-4580
1756 Inderøy6 80076 807
1804 Bodø51 02253651 558
1805 Narvik18 756-12918 627
1811 Bindal1 473151 488
1812 Sømna2 047-312 016
1813 Brønnøy7 95687 964
1815 Vega1 234-101 224
1816 Vevelstad528-19509
1818 Herøy (Nordl.)1 788-51 783
1820 Alstahaug7 428277 455
1822 Leirfjord2 278442 322
1824 Vefsn13 465-1113 454
1825 Grane1 469-11 468
1826 Hattfjelldal1 41431 417
1827 Dønna1 410-161 394
1828 Nesna1 837-331 804
1832 Hemnes4 52474 531
1833 Rana26 10113926 240
1834 Lurøy1 92041 924
1835 Træna465-16449
1836 Rødøy1 267-171 250
1837 Meløy6 435-886 347
1838 Gildeskål2 024-202 004
1839 Beiarn1 043-141 029
1840 Saltdal4 702-54 697
1841 Fauske - Fuosko9 729569 785
1845 Sørfold1 958251 983
1848 Steigen2 543-202 523
1849 Hamarøy - Hábmer1 810-111 799
1850 Divtasvuodna - Tysfjord1 960-171 943
1851 Lødingen2 134-262 108
1852 Tjeldsund1 25261 258
1853 Evenes1 402-61 396
1854 Ballangen2 554-352 519
1856 Røst535-17518
1857 Værøy744-3741
1859 Flakstad1 349-511 298
1860 Vestvågøy11 29412911 423
1865 Vågan9 4441839 627
1866 Hadsel8 009618 070
1867 Bø (Nordl.)2 624-82 616
1868 Øksnes4 580-274 553
1870 Sortland - Suortá10 3782210 400
1871 Andøy4 908-174 891
1874 Moskenes1 073-31 070
1902 Tromsø74 5411 01675 557
1903 Harstad - Hárstták24 845-724 838
1911 Kvæfjord2 986-682 918
1913 Skånland3 048-582 990
1917 Ibestad1 394-101 384
1919 Gratangen1 121-71 114
1920 Loabák - Lavangen1 076-171 059
1922 Bardu3 994-313 963
1923 Salangen2 22042 224
1924 Målselv6 78106 781
1925 Sørreisa3 496-23 494
1926 Dyrøy1 138301 168
1927 Tranøy1 540-41 536
1928 Torsken92121942
1929 Berg914-16898
1931 Lenvik11 697-4511 652
1933 Balsfjord5 685-175 668
1936 Karlsøy2 273-82 265
1938 Lyngen2 876-112 865
1939 Storfjord - Omasvuotna - Omasvuono1 890-291 861
1940 Gáivuotna - Kåfjord - Kaivuono2 132-92 123
1941 Skjervøy2 912-12 911
1942 Nordreisa4 919344 953
1943 Kvænangen1 233-91 224
2002 Vardø2 104-92 095
2003 Vadsø6 154-1136 041
2004 Hammerfest10 527-1410 513
2011 Guovdageaidnu - Kautokeino2 93842 942
2012 Alta20 44618120 627
2014 Loppa968-26942
2015 Hasvik1 037-111 026
2017 Kvalsund1 02751 032
2018 Måsøy1 204431 247
2019 Nordkapp3 291-373 254
2020 Porsanger - Porsángu - Porsanki3 971-123 959
2021 Kárásjohka - Karasjok2 69642 700
2022 Lebesby1 330191 349
2023 Gamvik1 137121 149
2024 Berlevåg991-6985
2025 Deatnu - Tana2 911-12 910
2027 Unjárga - Nesseby951-11940
2028 Båtsfjord2 267-22 265
2030 Sør-Varanger10 199-2410 175

About the statistics

The statistics shows the population in Norway and in all the Norwegian counties and municipalities. The population figures at the end of the year shows figures for age, sex, marital status and citizenship. Population changes for births, deaths, immigration, emigration and net migration are published quarterly.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Mean population: Average population at the beginning and end of the year.

Resident: Who is regarded as a resident of Norway and where in Norway a person shall be counted as a resident, is stipulated in the Population Registration Act of 16 January 1970. The regulations to the act were amended effective 1 February 1980.

The following main points from the registration rules decide who is regarded as a resident of Norway:

Persons from countries outside the Nordic countries are regarded as residents of Norway when they have lived here or intend to live here at least 6 months, even though the stay is temporary. The same six-month rule applies to migration from Norway to a country outside the Nordic countries.

The aforementioned six-month rule does not always apply to migration between Norway and another Nordic country. In Denmark, for example, a person is registered as a resident if the person intends to stay in the country at least 3 months. The same limit is used for out-migration. In Sweden and Finland the limit is one year. For persons who come/move to Norway from another Nordic country, the six-month rule is still valid, as residence is decided by the country of immigration's rules, cf. the Nordic agreement on inter-Nordic migration dated 8 May 1989. This agreement replaced a similar agreement from 5 December 1968.

People living in Svalbard, on Jan Mayen or in Norwegian dependencies who on departure were registered in the population register of a Norwegian municipality shall still be counted as residents of that municipality. The same rules apply to people on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Norwegian foreign and consular service staff and Norwegian military personnel posted for duty abroad are counted as residents of Norway. The same applies to their families.

Foreign staff at foreign embassies and consular services and foreign personnel attached to NATO are not counted as residents of Norway. The same applies to their families.

The main rule for where in Norway a person is regarded as a resident is that the person resides where he/she has their regular daily rest (night's sleep).

If the daily rest is taken in shifts at one or more places, the person is regarded as residing where, overall, they can be said to live on a regular basis. Spouses with a joint home and persons sharing a joint home with their children are regarded as residing in this home without regard to where they have their daily rest.

Single persons who attend school in another municipality are as a main rule still regarded as resident of the place they lived before starting school (the residence of their parents). Similar registration principles also apply to conscripts serving their initial military service, alternative national service conscripts, prisoners, and people admitted to hospitals.

Persons admitted to or placed in other institutions or private care are as a main rule regarded as residents when the stay is intended to last, or turns out to last, at least 6 months.

From March 1987 to January 1994 asylum seekers were usually counted as immigrants and hence also as residents even though the processing of their application for residence had not been completed. Before and after this period, only asylum seekers with residence permits have been registered.

Births: Live births

Excess of births over deaths: The difference between births and deaths also called "net natural increase in the total population". A minus sign means an excess of deaths over births.

In-migration, out-migration: Migration is the relocation of one person between two Norwegian municipalities or between a Norwegian municipality and abroad. People who move several times during a single calendar year are counted each time they move. In the migration statistics for counties, moves between the municipalities in the county are not included.

Net migration: The difference between in-migration and out-migration. A minus sign means net out-migration.

Population: All numbers cover the de jure population.

Population growth: There are two ways of calculating population growth; 1) the total of excess of births over deaths and net migration, or 2) the difference between the population on 1 January in year n+1 minus the population on 1 October (or 1 January in year n). Ideally the two methods should give the same result, but experience shows that there is always discrepancy between the two, due to revisions, annulments, delayed reports etc.

In all the quarterly statistics up to the fourth quarter of 2005 and all preliminary figures of change for the whole year up until and including 2004, the population growth has been calculated as the total of births over deaths and net migration, and provided a basis for preliminary population figures. The population on 1 April, 1 July and 1 October will continue to be calculated this way. Because preliminary figures have been replaced by final population figures as of 1 January 2006 the population growth for one year will be calculated as the population on 1 January in year n+1 minus the population in year n, and correspondingly the population growth for the fourth quarter will be calculated as the population on 1 January in year n+1 minus the population on 1 October.

Clearing-up in The Central Population Register: Persons who stay in the country for less than for six months are not registered and are not included in the figures. The Tax Administration undertakes an ongoing clear-up of the Central Population Register of out-migrated persons who no longer live in Norway. In recent years, clearing-up the Central Population Register has been standard practice.

Standard classifications

Country and citizenship in population statisticsMarital status, Municipalities

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Population and population changes
Topic: Population

Next release

Responsible division

Division for Population Statistics

Regional level

The nation, county, municipality and basic statistical unit, but for quarterly statistic and estimated populaton regional level is national, county and municipality.

Frequency and timeliness

Annually. The quaterly statistic is published about 6 weeks after referencetime, which is 1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October

International reporting

Not relevant

Microdata

Data files at the individual level that are processed and stored long-term. The statistic about estimated population and the quaterly statistic are only stored on a short-term basis.

Background

Background and purpose

The statistics show the composition of the population (by sex, age, marital status, and residence) over time.

Annual figures for the population by sex, age, marital status and citizenship can be found dating back to 1 January 1976, whereas corresponding figures without citizenship can be found from 1 January 1971. Earlier than that, figures exist from censuses held every ten years, as well as some estimated figures from the intervening years.

The statistic on the estimated population at the turn of the year have been in existence since 1970, but only for Norway as a whole. The first estimates at county and municipal level were created on 1 January 2000. The municipal figures are less certain than the county and national figures, and the estimated population in the smallest municipalities will be more uncertain than the estimates for larger municipalities.

The statistics on quarterly population changes show population changes over a shorter period of time. The changes include events such as births, deaths and migrations, in addition to a population count.

These statistics are connected to the annual statistics on population developments. Starting in 1951, Statistics Norway has produced yearly figures on such developments, based on population register material. We have compiled statistics on the quarterly changes (births, deaths, migrations, and population count) since 1974.

Users and applications

Public administration, research institutes, the insurance industry, the media and private persons

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Population projections (prognoses)   Births   Deaths   Migrations   Internal migrations Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents

Quarterly figures

Families and households

Cohabitant couples

Legal authority

§§ 2-1, 2-2, 3 – 2

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

Covers all persons registered as a resident of Norway on 1 January. Definition of the main terms. All figures cover the de jure population.

Persons having migrated to Norway to work for less than half a year are not included in the statistics, and persons having emigrated without having registered this, are likewise not included.

Quaterly statistic

In 1985-1999:

Statistics Norway looked at the population at the beginning and end of the quarter along with data for births deaths and migrations that had brought about this change in the population. The statistics were extracted one month after the turn of each quarter, so that as many events as possible were included in the calculations. Events that pertained to previous quarters in the same year were included in "events so far this year" and were also included in "the population at the beginning of the quarter". Events that pertained to previous years were normally not included in these statistics, but if they were included, it would be noted in a footnote.

Thus, in 1985-1999 the statistics included events that actually took place that year and not reports from previous years that arrived too late to be included in the statistics.

Quarterly figures as of 2000:

As of the first quarter of 2000, delayed reports were also included in the quarterly figures. In addition to events that actually took place in the releveant quarter, all reports received more than one month after the end of the quarter and which applied to events in previous years and previous quarters in the current year were included.

A result of this change was that the figures in the quarterly population statistics became more in line with later published population figures than previously published figures, as the register (DSF) is updated continuously, also with late reports.

Annual preliminary figures for population and figures of change to 2004:

From 2000 to 2004, a total for the four quarterly statistics has been published as preliminary annual figures for births, deaths, migration and population at the start of a new year until final figures have become available. Prior to 2000, corresponding preliminary figures were also published for the whole country, but these were not calculated as the total of the previously published figures for the first to the fourth quarter. The method was slightly different, as the figures published for the first quarter were published first. Later in the year, when figures for the second quarter were published, the figures for the first quarter were updated, and when figures for the third quarter were published, the second quarter figures were updated. Slik blei og tala for tredjekvartal enda meir oppdatert. The total of the fourth quarter and the updated figures for the first to the third quarter were published as preliminary figures for the whole year until 2000.

Final population figures and figures of change as of 2005:

The preliminary population figures at the end of last year and figures of change for 2005 and later years have been replaced by final figures because it is possible to carry out the necessary controls earlier than before.

The population growth from 2005 is set as equal to the difference between the population at 1 January 2006 and 1 January 2005. Correspondingly the population growth in the fourth quarter equals the population difference on 1 January 2006 and 1 January 2005. As preliminary population figures (also quarterly figures including the fourth quarter) were published previously, the population growth was calculated as the total of the excess of births and net immigration, which gave the basis for the preliminary population figures. All later population figures for 1 April, 1 July and 1 October will be calculated this way.)

The two estimation methods mentioned above should ideally give the same result, but based on previous experience there is always some discrepancy due to delayed reports, annulments, revisions etc.

Data sources and sampling

Since 1970 the statistics are based on population register data. Since 1946 each municipality has had a local population registry that registers all residents in the municipality, pursuant to the Population Registration Act and its regulations. In 2005, the work methods of the population registries were changed, and there are now 97 registries with responsibility for population registrations for several municipalities in each county. The population registries receive reports of births, deaths, marriages, divorces, migration etc. from various sources.

The register was built up from 1964 to 1966 on the basis of the 1960 census, at the same time as the 11-digit national identity number was introduced as identification. The Office of the National Registrar, which administrates the register, was transferred in 1991 from Statistics Norway to the Directorate of Taxes.

Updating of the Central Population Register is done in part by the local population registries, which are connected to the DSF via terminals, and in part by the Directorate of Taxes. The basis of the statistics on changes in the population is electronic copies to Statistics Norway of all such register updates. The reports are also used to update a separate Statistics Norway population database kept for statistical purposes, which forms the basis for the statistics on the composition of the population.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

From January 1998 electronic copies of reports have been transferred daily from the National Registration Office to Statistics Norway, Which was previously done monthly. Before May 1995 Statistics Norway received the reports on magnetic tape every month..

In addition to the checks made by the DSF, Statistics Norway performs checks for statistical purposes. For more details of our control routines in the various subject areas, see Interne dokumenter 11/2013 Uttak til befolkningsstatistikk fra populasjonsregisteret BeReg

Population (resident persons) are summed up to basic enumeration unit, partof town municipality level.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

Not relevant

Comparability over time and space

Due to municipal mergers and divisions and redrawing of borders, it is not always possible to compare figures when, e.g., we want to prepare a time series for a municipality. The changes can also affect county borders and thus also the basis for comparison there.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Some errors made during the collecting and processing of the data are unavoidable and include coding, revision and data processing errors etc. Extensive efforts have been made to minimize these errors, and we regard these types of errors to be relatively insignificant.

Dropout errors will be found to the extent there are persons staying in Norway not being registered as residents according to the regulations, laid down in the law on population registration of 16 January 1970. 

None because all the material rather than samples is used.

The quality of the basic data from the Central Population Register is generally very good for statistical purposes. One minus is nevertheless residence registration - in part because too many are registered as residents, but also because certain groups are registered as having another domicile than where they actually live. This is particularly true because according to the rules unmarried students are listed as residing with their parent(s).

Registration of residence From a statistical viewpoint, registration of residence can seem to be prone to error. This is particularly true in relation to the ideal situation in which everyone is registered according to the day's-rest principle. Failure to report a change of residence or delay the reporting of it also contributes to such deviations. For many analysis and planning purposes the actual residence is of interest.

A survey undertaken following the Population and Housing census in 1990 concluded that the registered residence was incorrect for 5.5 per cent of the population. Much of the deviation is due to the legal definition of residence used in the Central Population Register, which requires that students and residents of joint households to be registered somewhere else than the place they actually live. Using the place of residence definition, between 1.8 and 3.0 per cent of the people were incorrectly placed. Schjalm: "Kvalitetsundersøkelsen for Folke- og boligtelling 1990" (Quality survey for the Population and Housing Census 1990), Reports 96/10, Statistics Norway.

Out-registrations People who move abroad without reporting their departure have also been a major source of error in recent years. As a result of surveys conducted in 1993, nearly 3 000 foreign citizens who had left Norway earlier without reporting the move were registered as living abroad. Oslo was the most affected by these out-registrations (1 600 persons). Some of this out-migration should have been distributed over several years. Out-registration was also done in 1994, 1995, 1997 and 1998. Oslo registered almost 2 000 foreign citizens as having left the country in 1997 and 1998.

Despite the actions taken to remove from the rolls immigrants who have left the country without reporting their move to the population registries, there will always be a number of persons registered as residents of Norway even though they no longer live here.

Conversely, a number of people are living illegally in Norway at any one time and are therefore not included in the population count. Most of them live in Oslo. Because these two factors pull in opposite directions, they largely cancel each other out

Revision

Not relevant

Contact

Did you find what you were looking for?

You have turned off Javascript. You can send us your feedback at informasjon@ssb.no.

E-mail SSB