Highest population growth in Akershus



The population is estimated to be 5 297 000 inhabitants as per 31 December, with a population growth of 38 500 or 0.7 per cent in 2017. Akershus is set to have the highest population growth, while Sogn og Fjordane will be the only county with a population decrease.


For the country as a whole the population growth is at its lowest since 2005, according to new figures from the statistics Population and population changes. The decline in the population growth probably corresponds to the decreasing net migration.

The estimations show that the difference between immigration from abroad and emigration to abroad is at its lowest since 2006.

In relation to the population, the central municipalities in Akershus: Nannestad, Ullensaker, Ås and Lørenskog are set to have the highest population growth.

The estimations show expected population at the end of 2017, and the new boundary changes from 1 January 2018 are therefore not taken into account.1

1 The figure "Excess of births, net migration and population growth" has been removed.

Figure 1. Estimated population growth. County. 2017¹

Per cent
Finnmark Finnmárku 0.0
Troms Romsa 0.5
Nordland 0.3
Nord-Trøndelag 0.4
Sør-Trøndelag 1.1
Møre og Romsdal 0.2
Sogn og Fjordane -0.2
Hordaland 0.6
Rogaland 0.3
Vest-Agder 1.4
Aust-Agder 0.5
Telemark 0.2
Vestfold 0.9
Buskerud 0.8
Oppland 0.2
Hedmark 0.4
Oslo 0.9
Akershus 1.6
Østfold 0.9
The whole country 0.7

About the estimations

The population is estimated for the country as a whole and at county and municipality level. It is based on information from the population register, using data on births, deaths and migration up to 1 December 2017. The population growth in December is estimated to have the same relative growth as in December 2016. If the level of births, deaths and migration changes markedly in December this year compared to last year, the population will vary correspondingly.

For some municipalities, estimated figures as of 31 December 2017 may thus seem to break with the trend so far this year, but this is due to the estimation method used. This is especially the case in small municipalities, where the figures must be regarded as a preliminary estimate.