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Key figures

-14,7 %

population decline in Sami settlements

Population at 1 January, Norway north of Saltfjellet
2015Change in per cent
2013 - 20151990 - 2015
Norway North of Saltfjellet - total402 2481.45.7
STN area - total55 574-0.1-14.7
Other areas - total346 6741.79.9
Øst-Finnmark25 2362.0-4.9
Øst-Finnmark, STN3 8802.4-19.7
Øst-Finnmark, other areas21 3562.0-1.6
Indre Finnmark12 456-0.4-6.2
Indre Finnmark, STN12 456-0.4-6.2
Vest-Finnmark37 9131.710.4
Vest-Finnmark, STN3 706-3.6-36.8
Vest-Finnmark, other areas34 2072.320.2
Nord-Troms18 294-1.0-10.4
Nord-Troms, STN18 294-1.0-10.4
Nord-Troms, other areas0..
Sør-/Midt-Troms145 1592.315.0
Sør-/Midt-Troms, STN14 4751.4-15.5
Sør-/Midt-Troms, other areas130 6842.419.8
Nordre Nordland163 1901.02.1
Nordre Nordland, STN2 7630.2-23.9
Nordre Nordland, other areas160 4271.02.7

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Table 1 
Population at 1 January, births, deaths and migration. STN area - total.

Population at 1 January, births, deaths and migration. STN area - total.
Population totalLive birthsDeathsExcess of birthsIn-migration1Emigration1Net migrationsPopulation increase23Population increase (per cent)23
1Migration to/from other localities in Norway and abroad.
2Population growth is calculated as the difference between the population at 1 January in the year in question and that at 1 January in the following year. Due to the recording routines employed and variations in the quality of migration data for basic statistical units in individual municipalities, there will be differences from som individual municipalitites, such as in the statistics for the STN area.
3The area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development (STN). Based on the 2015 definition of the STN area.
200259 180625692-672 2922 590-298-283-0.5
200358 897553676-1232 1292 422-293-617-1.0
200458 280575638-632 1462 399-253-413-0.7
200557 867569583-142 1092 427-318-354-0.6
200657 513603627-242 0542 671-617-598-1.0
200756 915565666-1012 2362 559-323-395-0.7
200856 520527593-662 1112 303-192-378-0.7
200956 142546627-812 2252 281-56-208-0.4
201055 934507608-1012 3022 434-132-299-0.5
201155 635492621-1292 5322 367165-40.0
201255 631444620-1762 5622 291271210.0
201355 652472639-1672 5882 349239-33-0.1
201455 619481597-1162 5692 437132-45-0.1
201555 574................

Table 2 
Highest education completed for persons aged 16 years and over at 1 October, by gender and area. Per cent

Highest education completed for persons aged 16 years and over at 1 October, by gender and area. Per cent123
Below upper secondary school levelUpper secondary level4Higher education of 4 years' or less duration5Higher education of more than 4 years' duration6
All of NorwaySTN area North of Saltfjellet7Other areas North of Saltfjellet8All of NorwaySTN area North of Saltfjellet7Other areas North of Saltfjellet8All of NorwaySTN area North of Saltfjellet7Other areas North of Saltfjellet8All of NorwaySTN area North of Saltfjellet7Other areas North of Saltfjellet8
1The definition of the different levels of education used in statistics on the population's educational levels where changed in 2006. The 2006 definition of level of education are used as the basis for all years.
2Discrepancies in the figure from earlier publications are due to corrections of the data.
3Does not include persons with unstated or incompleted education.
4Includes intermediate level courses based on completed upper secondary level, but which are not accredited as tertiary education.
5Tertiary education level, short comprises higher education of up to 4 years' duration.
6Tertiary education, long comprises higher education of more than 4 years' duration, and post-graduate research.
7The area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development (STN). Based on the 2012 definition of the STN area.
8Areas North of Saltfjellet outside the area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development (STN).
Both sexes28.642.032.642.339.741.021.715.820.
Both sexes28.241.332.142.039.740.922.116.321.
Both sexes27.940.731.841.739.940.722.416.621.
Both sexes27.440.031.141.540.240.722.716.921.

Table 3 
Persons in employment aged 15-74 years, by gender and industry. Norway North of Saltfjellet. 4th quarter

Persons in employment aged 15-74 years, by gender and industry. Norway North of Saltfjellet. 4th quarter
NumberPer cent
4th quarter 20084th quarter 20144th quarter 20084th quarter 2014
STN area North of Saltfjellet
All industries27 59527 00314 71812 285100.0100.0100.0100.0
Agriculture, forestry and fishing3 0792 5162 11739911.29.314.43.2
Mining and quarrying298440399411.
Manufacture1 5961 9241 4954295.
Electricity, water supply, sewerage, waste management402412360521.
Construction2 5232 4732 3201539.
Trade, accommodation, transportation5 5435 0923 1451 94720.118.921.415.8
Information and communication3303282051231.
Financial and insurance activities16310859490.
Real estate, scientific, technical, administrative and support service activities1 6731 6459447016.
Public adm., defence, soc. security2 0362 0671 1219467.
Education2 6172 5868431 7439.59.65.714.2
Human health and social work activities6 3856 3541 2195 13523.123.58.341.8
Other service activities7959144075072.
Other areas North of Saltfjellet
All industries172 320177 90794 39083 517100.0100.0100.0100.0
Agriculture, forestry and fishing7 4926 5345 5459894.
Mining and quarrying1 7663 0582 6414171.
Manufacture11 00610 3777 9252 4526.
Electricity, water supply, sewerage, waste management2 2312 5092 0324771.
Construction13 17314 59513 4841 1117.
Trade, accommodation, transportation41 37840 86624 29916 56724.023.025.719.8
Information and communication3 3893 0502 1728782.
Financial and insurance activities2 2471 8899639261.
Real estate, scientific, technical, administrative and support service activities14 37214 4698 5215 9488.
Public adm., defence, soc. security13 80715 8839 1316 7528.
Education16 84717 2106 33310 8779.89.76.713.0
Human health and social work activities38 96541 2398 60332 63622.623.29.139.1
Other service activities4 9635 5852 3263 2592.

About the statistics

A comprehensive and current overview of official statistics relevant to Sami social relations. The statistics have a primarily geographical approach, with the emphasis on Sami settlement areas north of the Saltfjellet mountain range, which lies on the Arctic Circle.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

The STN area, the geographical area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development (see section 3.1).


As of 2015, the geographical area of activity covers the following municipalities and municipal sub-areas/basic statistical units:

2011 Kautokeino, entire municipality

2012 Alta, the following basic statistical units:

0101 Stjernøy

0102 Seiland

0103 Lille Lerresfjord

0104 Store Lerresfjord

0105 Komagfjord

0106 Korsfjord

0107 Nyvoll

0108 Storekorsnes

0110 Kongshus

0201 Isnestoften

0202 Tappeluft/Riverbukt

0203 Langfjordbotn

0204 Talvik

0205 Vasbotnelv


2014 Loppa, entire municipality

2017 Kvalsund, entire municipality

2018 Måsøy, the following basic statistical units:

0119 Snefjorden

0120 Litlefjord

0121 Slåtten

0122 Gunnarnes

0123 Tufjord

0124 Ingøy

2019 Nordkapp, the following basic statistical units:

0113 Vestersida-Botnområdet

0114 Nordvågnesområdet

0115 Kjelvik-Helnesområdet

0117 Skuotanjargga

0118 Mannskarvik-Repvåg

0119 Sværholthalvøya

0201 Gjesvær

0202 Knivskjellodden

0203 Tufjorden

0204 Magerøystua

0205 Finnvik

0206 Vannfjordnæringen

2020 Porsanger, entire municipality

2021 Karasjok, entire municipality

2022 Lebesby, the following basic statistical units:

0103 Dyfjord

0104 Kifjord/Normanset/Mårøyfjord

0105 Torskefjord/Bekkarfjord

0106 Lebesby

0107 Ifjord

0108 Friarfjord/Adamsfjord

0109 Laksefjordbotn/Kunes

0110 Veidnesklubben/Godviknes

0111 Vadasbaksæibos

0112 Gappatvarri

0113 Eretoaivit

0114 Vuonjalrassa

2023 Gamvik, entire municipality

2025 Tana, entire municipality

2027 Nesseby, entire municipality

2030 Sør-Varanger, the following basic statistical units:

0101 Bugøynes

0102 Bugøyfjord

0103 Spurvnes/Skogerøya

0104 Neiden

0402 Jakobsnes

0403 Ropelv

0404 Jarfjord

0405 Grense Jakobselv

0503 Svanvik

0504 Melkefoss/Skrotnes

0505 Øvre Pasvik

1902 Tromsø, the following basic statistical units:

3301 Jøvik

3302 Olderbakken

3303 Lakselvbukt

3304 Lakselvdalen

3305 Sjøvassbotn

3306 Stordal

3307 Sjursnes

3308 Reiervik

3309 Breivika

3310 Ullsfjordmoane


1913 Skånland, entire municipality

1919 Gratangen, entire municipality

1920 Lavangen, entire municipality

1923 Salangen, entire municipality

1925 Sørreisa, the following basic statistical units:

0101 Gumpedal

0102 Øvre Bakkejord

0103 Skøelvdal

0104 Smørsgård

0201 Storlia/Rabbås

0207 Reinelv

0208 Andsvatn

1933 Balsfjord, entire municipality

1936 Kalsøy, entire municipality

1938 Lyngen, entire municipality

1939 Storfjord, entire municipality

1940 Kåfjord, entire municipality

1941 Skjervøy, entire municipality

1942 Nordreisa, entire municipality

1943 Kvænangen, entire municipality

1805 Narvik, the following basic statistical units:

[0101 Veggen &– transferred to Evenes in 1999]

0102 Herjangen

0109 Vassdal

0110 Elvegården

0111 Kvandal

1849 Hamarøy, the following basic statistical units

0116 Innhavet

0117 Veggfjell

0118 Sagvatnan

0119 Grensefjellene

1850 Tysfjord, entire municipality

1853 Evenes, the following basic statistical units

0109 Evenesmark

0110 Myrnes

0111 Osmark

0114 Lenvik/Lenvikmark

0117 Veggen [transferred from Narvik in 1999]

Also included are the Sami population in Senja and in the rest of Lenvik municipality, the Sami population in the Southern Sami area and the settlement of Sarnes in Nordkapp in the geographical area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development . However, these areas are not included in the statistical source since the geographically-based statistics only cover the part of the STN’s area of activity where the entire population is the target group for the instruments. In these areas, the instruments are reserved for the Sami population and the Sami settlement is considered to be so scattered that the areas as a whole are not regarded as Sami communities.

Regional breakdown:

Some of the figures in Sami statistics are too small to be published at municipal level. As an alternative publishing level between the municipal and county level, a regional breakdown of STN areas and Other areas per county has been devised. The breakdown is shown below. In the STN area lists, STN is indicated beside the names of municipalities that are only partly included in the STN area, and an asterisk (*) is used in the lists of Other areas.

Øst-Finnmark, STN

2022 Lebesby, STN

2023 Gamvik

2027 Nesseby

2030 Sør-Varanger, STN

Øst-Finnmark, Other areas

2002 Vardø

2003 Vadsø

2022 Lebesby*

2024 Berlevåg

2028 Båtsfjord

2030 Sør-Varanger*

Indre Finnmark, STN

2011 Kautokeino

2020 Porsanger

2021 Karasjok

2025 Tana

Vest-Finnmark, STN

2012 Alta, STN

2014 Loppa

2017 Kvalsund

2018 Måsøy, STN

2019 Nordkapp, STN

Vest-Finnmark, Other areas

2004 Hammerfest

2012 Alta*

2015 Hasvik

2018 Måsøy*

2019 Nordkapp*

Nord-Troms, STN

1936 Karlsøy

1938 Lyngen

1939 Storfjord

1940 Kåfjord

1941 Skjervøy

1942 Nordreisa

1943 Kvænangen

 Sør-/Midt-Troms, STN

1902 Tromsø, STN

1913 Skånland

1919 Gratangen

1920 Lavangen

1923 Salangen

1925 Sørreisa, STN

1933 Balsfjord

Sør-/Midt-Troms, Other areas

1901 Harstad

1902 Tromsø*

1911 Kvæfjord

1915 Bjarkøy

1917 Ibestad

1922 Bardu

1924 Målselv

1925 Sørreisa*

1926 Dyrøy

1927 Tranøy

1928 Torsken

1929 Berg

1931 Lenvik

Nordre Nordland, STN

1805 Narvik, STN

1849 Hamarøy, STN

1850 Tysfjord

1853 Evenes, STN

Nordre Nordland, Other areas

1804 Bodø

1805 Narvik*

1837 Meløy

1838 Gildeskål

1839 Beiarn

1840 Saltdal

1841 Fauske

1845 Sørfold

1848 Steigen

1849 Hamarøy*

1851 Lødingen

1852 Tjeldsund

1853 Evenes*

1854 Ballangen

1856 Røst

1857 Værøy

1859 Flakstad

1860 Vestvågøy

1865 Vågan

1866 Hadsel

1867 Bø

1868 Øksnes

1870 Sortland

1871 Andøy

1874 Moskenes


Electoral constituencies:

Below is a list of the municipalities and/or counties covered by each of the seven electoral constituencies. All municipalities that are fully or partly included in the STN area are marked in italic in the list. The municipalities that are only partly included in the area are also marked with an asterisk (*). For the five constituencies that cover STN municipalities, an indication is also given in brackets of how many of the municipalities in the electoral constituency this applies to.

1. Østre electoral constituency: Sør-Varanger*, Nesseby, Vadsø, Vardø, Båtsfjord, Tana, Berlevåg, Lebesby* and Gamvik in Finnmark county (5 of 9)

2. Ávjovári electoral constituency: Karasjok, Kautokeino and Porsanger in Finnmark county (3 of 3)

3. Nordre electoral constituency: Nordkapp*, Måsøy*, Kvalsund, Hammerfest, Alta*, Hasvik and Loppa in Finnmark county and Skjervøy, Kvænangen and Nordreisa in Troms county (6 of 10)

4. Gáisi electoral constituency: Kåfjord, Storfjord, Lyngen, Karlsøy, Tromsø*, Balsfjord, Målselv, Bardu, Lenvik, Berg, Torsken, Tranøy and Sørreisa* in Troms county (5 of 13)

5. Vesthavet electoral constituency: Dyrøy, Salangen, Lavangen, Gratangen, Skånland, Ibestad, Harstad, Bjarkøy, Kvæfjord in Troms county and the municipalities from Saltdal, Beiarn and Meløy and northwards in Nordland county [including Evenes*, Tysfjord, Hamarøy*, Narvik*] (7 of 38)

6. Southern Sami electoral constituency: The municipalities from Rana and Rødøy and southwards in Nordland county, the counties Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag, the municipalities Surnadal, Rindal and Sunndal in Møre- og Romsdal county and the municipalities Engerdal, Rendalen, Os, Tolga, Tynset and Folldal in Hedmark county

7. South Norway electoral constituency: The municipalities in Møre og Romsdal and Hedmark counties that do not belong to electoral constituency 6, and the counties Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland, Rogaland, Vest-Agder, Aust-Agder, Telemark, Buskerud, Vestfold, Akershus, Østfold, Oppland and Oslo.


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Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Sami
Topic: Population

Responsible division

Division for Population Statistics

Regional level

Norway north of Saltfjellet/STN area as a whole/regionalised STN areas per county/municipalities and municipal sub-areas within the STN area/electoral constituencies

Frequency and timeliness

Every two years

International reporting

Not relevant


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Background and purpose

There has long been a need for statistics that throw light on the Sami communities in Norway. This was the backdrop to the launch of the project &“Sami-related statistics in Norway &– contents, organisation and operation´´ in 2003. The project was a collaboration between Statistics Norway and the Nordic Sami Institute (now part of Sámi University College), and was commissioned by the Sami Parliament in Norway. As a result of this work, the first official Sami statistics were published in 2006.

Users and applications

The Sami Parliament, all levels of public administration, Sami organisations, the media and research institutes.

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 08.00 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

Not relevant

Legal authority

Statistics Act §§2-1, 2-2, 3-2.

EEA reference

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Since there is no collective register of the Sami population, it is difficult to produce statistics on the Sami as a group. The statistics therefore have a geographical delimitation, and are based on the geographical area of activity of the Sami Parliament subsidy schemes for business development ( known by its Norwegian initials STN), formerly the Sami Development Fund (SDF). The entire STN area is north of Saltfjellet. The Sami population south of Saltfjellet is not therefore included in the geographically-based statistics. Sami settlements in the south are so scattered that few areas are regarded as Sami communities, which means that Sami statistics here have little significance. The statistics cover subjects that are relevant to Sami communities in Norway; Sami Parliament elections, population size and composition, education, the use of Sami languages in kindergartens and schools, income and personal finances, employment, reindeer husbandry, agriculture and hunting and fishing.

Data sources and sampling

The statistics are partly based on statistics already collated and published by Statistics Norway, and partly on data provided by various Sami institutions.

Not applicable.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Not applicable.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


Where two or fewer persons are represented in a figure in a cell, and where this can lead to a person being identified in the published material, the figure is rounded up/down or replaced with dots.

Comparability over time and space

Geographic time series at basic statistical unit level date back to 1990, when producing statistics at this level became standard practice.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Some errors during collection and processing are inevitable, such as coding errors, revision errors, errors in the data processing etc. Extensive efforts are made to minimise these errors, and we consider these types of errors to be negligible.


As a result of using the geographical breakdown as a statistics source, the statistics include persons within the STN area who do not consider themselves to be Sami, while Sami outside the STN are not included.

Not applicable.

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