More than 4 million buildings
A register count of building stock shows that there are more than 4 million buildings in Norway. The building stock increased by more than 35 000 buildings.
|2009||2013||2009 - 2013|
|In all||3 843 912||4 015 718||171 806|
|Residential buildings||1 447 675||1 488 979||41 304|
|Non-residential buildings||2 396 237||2 526 739||130 502|
|Detached house||1 125 188||1 143 509||18 321|
|House with 2 dwellings||145 823||154 092||8 269|
|Row house, linked house and house with 3 dwellings or more||139 912||151 289||11 377|
|Multi-dwelling building||32 689||35 437||2 748|
|Residence for communities||4 063||4 652||589|
|Holiday house||1 651 468||1 777 862||126 394|
|Chalet, summerhouses etc.||394 102||413 114||19 012|
|Detached houses and farmhouses used as holiday houses||29 593||32 600||3 007|
|Industrial building||97 148||103 919||6 771|
|Agricultural and fishery building||513 915||506 765||-7 150|
|Office and business building||38 067||38 781||714|
|Transport and communications building||9 806||10 629||823|
|Hotel and restaurant building||30 473||31 388||915|
|Building used for education, research, public entertainment and religious activities||45 196||46 970||1 774|
|Hospital and institutional care building||5 482||5 630||148|
|Prison, building for emergency preparedness etc.||4 682||4 795||113|
The building stock increased by almost 1 per cent in 2012. About one third of the change was within residential buildings, whereof detached houses make up almost half of the growth. The net increase within holiday homes was almost 3 000 buildings. The typical “cabin municipalities” in the inner parts of Southern Norway experienced the greatest change. However, more than 100 municipalities experienced a net decrease in holiday homes, which might be due to both demolition and change in use of buildings.
Fewer buildings in primary sector
Buildings within the fishing and agricultural sector is the only major group of buildings by type that has experienced a net decrease in the year, with 2 306 fewer buildings. This is a decrease of about a half per cent.
Building stock on the map
The building stock is also counted on the map within a fixed square grid. These grid statistics show the geographical pattern of the building stock, which parts of Norway are affected by building, and where the highest building density is found. The grid statistics for buildings should be used in combination with other statistics, for example the number of dwellings or residents. This will give a clearer indication of which parts of the country have the highest levels of usage. Statistics on grids can be downloaded from the article Kart over tettsteder og sentrumssoner, and are also available in Statistics Norway’s geoportal.
Municipalities clean their registers at different intervals in order to improve quality. As a result, buildings that were not classified one year are assigned their correct building type the following year. In addition, incorrectly classified buildings are assigned their correct building type code. The number of registered buildings in a municipality may therefore change from one year to the next.