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Population and land area in urban settlements

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82 %

in urban settlements

Population and area. Urban settlements.1 January
PopulationChangeChange in per cent
20182017 - 20182017 - 2018
Residents in urban settlements4 327 95144 7671.0
Residents in rural settlements954 612-5 849-0.6
 
Area of urban settlements (km²)2 205.0713.770.63
Number of residents pr km2 in urban areas1 96380.4
Proportion residents in urban settlements, per cent81.730.090.11
 
Residents in the five largest urban settlements
Oslo1 000 46711 5941.2
Bergen255 4641 2290.5
Stavanger/Sandnes222 6971 7540.8
Trondheim183 3782 8211.6
Drammen117 5101 0640.9

See selected tables from this statistics

Table 1 
Population in densely and sparsely populated areas. County. 1. January

Population in densely and sparsely populated areas. County. 1. January
2018
Densely populated areasSparsely populated areasUnknownTotalShare in densely populated areas
Østfold253 81740 904699295 42085.9
Akershus555 64256 9491 435614 02690.5
Oslo668 7521 5713 146673 46999.3
Hedmark113 56183 120285196 96657.7
Oppland112 18977 438243189 87059.1
Buskerud229 41851 767584281 76981.4
Vestfold213 00135 668389249 05885.5
Telemark134 14038 979272173 39177.4
Aust-Agder86 97530 120127117 22274.2
Vest-Agder153 51632 706310186 53282.3
Rogaland416 72455 833969473 52688.0
Hordaland436 21085 1471 182522 53983.5
Sogn og Fjordane68 69241 363175110 23062.3
Møre og Romsdal192 33173 946579266 85672.1
Trøndelag342 512115 0331 199458 74475
Nordland172 53070 215590243 33570.9
Troms - Romsa118 74347 223533166 49971.3
Finnmark - Finnmárku59 19816 63033976 16777.7

Table 2 
Population in densely and sparsely populated areas. Municipality. 1. January

Population in densely and sparsely populated areas. Municipality. 1. January
2018
Densely populated areasSparsely populated areasUnknownTotalShare in densely populated areas
0101 Halden26 9334 0475731 03786.8
0104 Moss32 0744338132 58898.4
0105 Sarpsborg50 4924 93611555 54390.9
0106 Fredrikstad75 3525 38024580 97793.1
0111 Hvaler2 7411 79454 54060.4
0118 Aremark01 39721 3990.0
0119 Marker1 8151 74753 56750.9
0121 Rømskog068116820.0
0122 Trøgstad3 0392 288105 33756.9
0123 Spydeberg4 3861 45895 85374.9
0124 Askim14 4021 3693915 81091.1
0125 Eidsberg8 0193 3573811 41470.3
0127 Skiptvet1 7532 07443 83145.8
0128 Rakkestad4 9953 190178 20260.9
0135 Råde5 6271 824147 46575.4
0136 Rygge14 5791 4683616 08390.6
0137 Våler (Østfold)3 6421 82185 47166.6
0138 Hobøl3 9681 640135 62170.6
0211 Vestby14 5812 8842117 48683.4
0213 Ski27 6563 1636130 88089.6
0214 Ås16 9803 0574720 08484.5
0215 Frogn13 3742 3362515 73585.0
0216 Nesodden17 1492 1152319 28788.9
0217 Oppegård26 7104303827 17898.3
0219 Bærum123 8351 306313125 45498.7
0220 Asker59 82594615560 92698.2
0221 Aurskog-Høland9 6646 6913516 39059.0
0226 Sørum14 6413 2845517 98081.4
0227 Fet9 0772 5493711 66377.8
0228 Rælingen17 2425844817 87496.5
0229 Enebakk8 5682 3522510 94578.3
0230 Lørenskog38 22430813838 67098.8
0231 Skedsmo53 12290814854 17898.1
0233 Nittedal21 9411 5752923 54593.2
0234 Gjerdrum4 9121 778146 70473.3
0235 Ullensaker33 0973 3839636 57690.5
0236 Nes (Akershus)14 3797 2574521 68166.3
0237 Eidsvoll19 7084 8954424 64780.0
0238 Nannestad9 8663 3393513 24074.5
0239 Hurdal1 0911 80932 90337.6
0301 Oslo municipality668 7521 5713 146673 46999.3
0402 Kongsvinger12 8915 0142917 93471.9
0403 Hamar27 4033 4824530 93088.6
0412 Ringsaker17 94816 1515234 15152.6
0415 Løten4 3363 251287 61556.9
0417 Stange12 7217 8863920 64661.6
0418 Nord-Odal1 4793 61445 09729.0
0419 Sør-Odal3 0364 836127 88438.5
0420 Eidskog2 3133 82366 14237.7
0423 Grue1 2843 45334 74027.1
0425 Åsnes2 0565 21587 27928.2
0426 Våler (Hedmark)1 4072 26493 68038.2
0427 Elverum14 9466 1512621 12370.8
0428 Trysil2 7783 78096 56742.3
0429 Åmot2 2602 21464 48050.4
0430 Stor-Elvdal1 1521 33532 49046.3
0432 Rendalen2651 56201 82714.5
0434 Engerdal01 29401 2940.0
0436 Tolga5481 00501 55335.3
0437 Tynset2 7462 85365 60549.0
0438 Alvdal7611 66302 42431.4
0439 Folldal5321 03701 56933.9
0441 Os (Hedmark)6991 23701 93636.1
0501 Lillehammer24 1933 7153027 93886.6
0502 Gjøvik23 6716 9403130 64277.3
0511 Dovre1 2071 43232 64245.7
0512 Lesja2271 80292 03811.1
0513 Skjåk6381 54102 17929.3
0514 Lom8761 45502 33137.6
0515 Vågå1 8381 79733 63850.5
0516 Nord-Fron3 3852 33585 72859.1
0517 Sel3 0812 78835 87252.5
0519 Sør-Fron1 1831 96033 14637.6
0520 Ringebu2 0872 35984 45446.9
0521 Øyer2 9072 192315 13056.7
0522 Gausdal2 7413 40256 14844.6
0528 Østre Toten6 3558 5122114 88842.7
0529 Vestre Toten9 7793 5221313 31473.4
0532 Jevnaker4 8491 914146 77771.6
0533 Lunner5 7903 264119 06563.9
0534 Gran6 4837 2681913 77047.1
0536 Søndre Land2 0603 58465 65036.5
0538 Nordre Land2 9863 75956 75044.2
0540 Sør-Aurdal6682 34603 01422.2
0541 Etnedal2481 10311 35218.3
0542 Nord-Aurdal3 4592 97866 44353.7
0543 Vestre Slidre6161 52302 13928.8
0544 Øystre Slidre8622 35183 22126.8
0545 Vang01 59651 6010.0
0602 Drammen67 2281 26022568 71397.8
0604 Kongsberg23 1404 2333727 41084.4
0605 Ringerike21 0969 1315630 28369.7
0612 Hole4 4132 398226 83364.6
0615 Flå01 06901 0690.0
0616 Nes (Buskerud)2 1311 20463 34163.8
0617 Gol2 8811 67694 56663.1
0618 Hemsedal1 3831 046282 45756.3
0619 Ål2 6701 95334 62657.7
0620 Hol2 8451 664114 52062.9
0621 Sigdal4783 00913 48813.7
0622 Krødsherad9771 29282 27742.9
0623 Modum9 8693 9902113 88071.1
0624 Øvre Eiker14 8824 0103418 92678.6
0625 Nedre Eiker24 3325553024 91797.7
0626 Lier21 7284 2114125 98083.6
0627 Røyken19 7752 6482922 45288.1
0628 Hurum7 8271 61499 45082.8
0631 Flesberg9561 72932 68835.6
0632 Rollag3241 08521 41123.0
0633 Nore og Uvdal4831 99092 48219.5
0701 Horten25 8381 4512827 31794.6
0704 Tønsberg43 1352 1339245 36095.1
0710 Sandefjord54 5287 98010762 61587.1
0711 Svelvik5 968687176 67289.4
0712 Larvik37 8268 9255046 80180.8
0713 Sande (Vestfold)6 5273 187129 72667.1
0715 Holmestrand10 9273 2681714 21276.9
0716 Re4 6974 904209 62148.8
0729 Færder23 5553 1334626 73488.1
0805 Porsgrunn34 4771 5595536 09195.5
0806 Skien49 3735 02711054 51090.6
0807 Notodden9 3183 3262012 66473.6
0811 Siljan1 1881 16122 35150.5
0814 Bamble11 8342 3262314 18383.4
0815 Kragerø8 0442 4521010 50676.6
0817 Drangedal1 5882 51434 10538.7
0819 Nome3 8502 75276 60958.3
0821 Bø (Telem.)3 8542 60246 46059.7
0822 Sauherad1 7182 63744 35939.4
0826 Tinn3 9381 91355 85667.2
0827 Hjartdal01 58521 5870.0
0828 Seljord1 4501 50452 95949.0
0829 Kviteseid7881 60722 39732.9
0830 Nissedal56392421 48937.8
0831 Fyresdal39691591 32030.0
0833 Tokke6101 62512 23627.3
0834 Vinje1 1512 55083 70931.0
0901 Risør4 6252 25436 88267.2
0904 Grimstad19 8803 1063123 01786.4
0906 Arendal38 9575 6365244 64587.3
0911 Gjerstad8741 59122 46735.4
0912 Vegårshei1 0231 06222 08749.0
0914 Tvedestrand2 8073 27456 08646.1
0919 Froland3 1042 68425 79053.6
0926 Lillesand8 1282 7281510 87174.8
0928 Birkenes2 8632 31955 18755.2
0929 Åmli6851 15731 84537.1
0935 Iveland01 33001 3300.0
0937 Evje og Hornnes2 4831 13753 62568.5
0938 Bygland60460211 20750.0
0940 Valle29892701 22524.3
0941 Bykle644313195867.2
1001 Kristiansand88 4452 80519091 44096.7
1002 Mandal12 1083 5341715 65977.3
1003 Farsund6 5663 143179 72667.5
1004 Flekkefjord6 6462 410109 06673.3
1014 Vennesla12 0462 4592714 53282.9
1017 Songdalen4 9231 716176 65674.0
1018 Søgne9 8591 477611 34286.9
1021 Marnardal3861 92022 30816.7
1026 Åseral094039430.0
1027 Audnedal01 78601 7860.0
1029 Lindesnes2 6122 31794 93852.9
1032 Lyngdal5 6192 94578 57165.6
1034 Hægebostad2111 48711 69912.4
1037 Kvinesdal3 2012 82036 02453.1
1046 Sirdal89494711 84248.5
1101 Eigersund12 3142 5592514 89882.7
1102 Sandnes71 8674 30915276 32894.2
1103 Stavanger131 8101 022308133 14099.0
1106 Haugesund36 25574916337 16797.5
1111 Sokndal2 1931 13533 33165.8
1112 Lund1 9631 27223 23760.6
1114 Bjerkreim1 0351 79102 82636.6
1119 Hå14 7473 9912418 76278.6
1120 Klepp15 5883 6072219 21781.1
1121 Time16 4532 2232318 69988.0
1122 Gjesdal10 6061 2461411 86689.4
1124 Sola23 4442 7724926 26589.3
1127 Randaberg9 4931 4611810 97286.5
1129 Forsand54769361 24643.9
1130 Strand10 3292 2981112 63881.7
1133 Hjelmeland5992 12132 72322.0
1134 Suldal1 2012 64353 84931.2
1135 Sauda4 23542084 66390.8
1141 Finnøy8592 33173 19726.9
1142 Rennesøy2 5212 32624 84952.0
1144 Kvitsøy397140554273.2
1145 Bokn279565084433.1
1146 Tysvær6 5224 4554611 02359.2
1149 Karmøy37 7964 4103742 24389.5
1151 Utsira020802080.0
1160 Vindafjord3 6715 086368 79341.7
1201 Bergen273 1305 937725279 79297.6
1211 Etne1 8242 25634 08344.7
1216 Sveio1 8343 876115 72132.1
1219 Bømlo7 0584 8321211 90259.3
1221 Stord17 5961 1424218 78093.7
1222 Fitjar1 7571 43703 19455.0
1223 Tysnes1 0761 77742 85737.7
1224 Kvinnherad8 2844 8771913 18062.9
1227 Jondal40069511 09636.5
1228 Odda6 250571146 83591.4
1231 Ullensvang1 0772 28243 36332.0
1232 Eidfjord563367193160.5
1233 Ulvik52958621 11747.4
1234 Granvin469460293150.4
1235 Voss8 8835 6781614 57760.9
1238 Kvam5 8202 589468 45568.8
1241 Fusa5613 35453 92014.3
1242 Samnanger1 0661 39522 46343.3
1243 Os (Hordaland)17 9072 6174920 57387.0
1244 Austevoll2 1533 020165 18941.5
1245 Sund4 2662 806137 08560.2
1246 Fjell19 8515 8264825 72577.2
1247 Askøy25 7153 3164029 07188.5
1251 Vaksdal3 0041 12034 12772.8
1252 Modalen038003800.0
1253 Osterøy3 9684 147108 12548.8
1256 Meland5 5052 564108 07968.1
1259 Øygarden3 2561 610114 87766.8
1260 Radøy1 9813 14175 12938.6
1263 Lindås8 8626 8864115 78956.1
1264 Austrheim1 1391 741222 90239.2
1265 Fedje426133256175.9
1266 Masfjorden01 72911 7300.0
1401 Flora10 1001 8484011 98884.3
1411 Gulen6081 73162 34525.9
1412 Solund317488280739.3
1413 Hyllestad01 37171 3780.0
1416 Høyanger3 0071 14524 15472.4
1417 Vik1 2451 42812 67446.6
1418 Balestrand81245001 26264.3
1419 Leikanger2 15618632 34591.9
1420 Sogndal5 6452 399158 05970.0
1421 Aurland85691841 77848.1
1422 Lærdal1 1261 02252 15352.3
1424 Årdal4 948318115 27793.8
1426 Luster2 3422 87385 22344.8
1428 Askvoll7582 29223 05224.8
1429 Fjaler1 4031 44122 84649.3
1430 Gaular8532 15213 00628.4
1431 Jølster1 6111 43203 04352.9
1432 Førde11 1081 9651613 08984.9
1433 Naustdal1 2241 59832 82543.3
1438 Bremanger2 0641 690133 76754.8
1439 Vågsøy4 7681 22496 00179.5
1441 Selje1 1321 62502 75741.1
1443 Eid3 5552 59846 15757.7
1444 Hornindal48468921 17541.2
1445 Gloppen3 1172 75615 87453.1
1449 Stryn3 4533 724187 19548.0
1502 Molde23 4913 3634626 90087.3
1504 Ålesund45 9451 45211347 51096.7
1505 Kristiansund22 1342 1214524 30091.1
1511 Vanylven4992 68533 18715.7
1514 Sande (Møre og Romsdal)1 1101 400122 52244.0
1515 Herøy (Møre og Romsdal)5 8713 077178 96565.5
1516 Ulstein6 9181 558798 55580.9
1517 Hareid4 499638135 15087.4
1519 Volda6 8982 280109 18875.1
1520 Ørsta7 7313 072910 81271.5
1523 Ørskog1 47279052 26764.9
1524 Norddal01 66191 6700.0
1525 Stranda3 2271 35464 58770.4
1526 Stordal623349097264.1
1528 Sykkylven5 6602 014217 69573.6
1529 Skodje3 0231 646114 68064.6
1531 Sula8 55656699 13193.7
1532 Giske6 7981 478168 29282.0
1534 Haram6 1173 199299 34565.5
1535 Vestnes3 8212 697416 55958.3
1539 Rauma4 7412 75797 50763.2
1543 Nesset1 2231 71852 94641.5
1545 Midsund5961 44942 04929.1
1546 Sandøy48477811 26338.3
1547 Aukra1 7291 82173 55748.6
1548 Fræna5 3614 392229 77554.8
1551 Eide1 3962 04403 44040.6
1554 Averøy1 6694 18825 85928.5
1557 Gjemnes6082 01322 62323.2
1560 Tingvoll9732 10053 07831.6
1563 Sunndal4 7752 33957 11967.1
1566 Surnadal2 8213 15435 97847.2
1567 Rindal7051 33402 03934.6
1571 Halsa2041 36341 57113.0
1573 Smøla02 16572 1720.0
1576 Aure6532 93193 59318.2
5001 Trondheim187 3945 568539193 50196.8
5004 Steinkjer14 4247 6155722 09665.3
5005 Namsos10 6482 4161413 07881.4
5011 Hemne2 5261 69364 22559.8
5012 Snillfjord098349870.0
5013 Hitra1 3213 305224 64828.4
5014 Frøya1 5023 430304 96230.3
5015 Ørland3 3781 955185 35163.1
5016 Agdenes3901 279151 68423.2
5017 Bjugn1 7983 06064 86437.0
5018 Åfjord1 2122 06413 27737.0
5019 Roan095129530.0
5020 Osen096349530.0
5021 Oppdal4 3102 647136 97061.8
5022 Rennebu9981 54302 54139.3
5023 Meldal2 2621 66533 93057.6
5024 Orkdal8 5023 4112011 93371.2
5025 Røros3 8651 79085 66368.3
5026 Holtålen6091 41812 02830.0
5027 Midtre Gauldal2 5833 621216 22541.5
5028 Melhus10 3935 9983316 42463.3
5029 Skaun5 3102 822108 14265.2
5030 Klæbu4 6271 453146 09475.9
5031 Malvik12 1651 7504313 95887.2
5032 Selbu1 2142 87184 09329.7
5033 Tydal083318340.0
5034 Meråker1 0191 401492 46941.3
5035 Stjørdal16 6487 2833323 96469.5
5036 Frosta5332 068152 61620.4
5037 Levanger13 5236 5454720 11567.2
5038 Verdal10 0744 7947514 94367.4
5039 Verran1 66579992 47367.3
5040 Namdalseid3421 24301 58521.6
5041 Snåase - Snåsa6591 43322 09431.5
5042 Lierne2391 14001 37917.3
5043 Raarvihke - Røyrvik247227047452.1
5044 Namsskogan246654290227.3
5045 Grong1 3251 07322 40055.2
5046 Høylandet33893001 26826.7
5047 Overhalla1 8451 99553 84548.0
5048 Fosnes061806180.0
5049 Flatanger46763531 10542.3
5050 Vikna3 1291 35494 49269.7
5051 Nærøy1 9283 18545 11737.7
5052 Leka057935820.0
5053 Inderøy3 2683 51256 78548.2
5054 Indre Fosen3 5866 4614310 09035.5
1804 Bodø46 6204 77016851 55890.4
1805 Narvik16 7091 8785118 63889.7
1811 Bindal54094601 48636.3
1812 Sømna9411 07722 02046.6
1813 Brønnøy5 6522 279177 94871.1
1815 Vega31990111 22126.1
1816 Vevelstad050605060.0
1818 Herøy (Nordland)860920101 79048.0
1820 Alstahaug6 0821 358107 45081.6
1822 Leirfjord7181 58452 30731.1
1824 Vefsn9 8433 5871813 44873.2
1825 Grane83562711 46357.1
1826 Hattfjelldal58183001 41141.2
1827 Dønna2811 11481 40320.0
1828 Nesna1 34046411 80574.2
1832 Hemnes2 6211 87934 50358.2
1833 Rana21 8584 3294326 23083.3
1834 Lurøy4991 42011 92026.0
1835 Træna379631245483.5
1836 Rødøy01 24901 2490.0
1837 Meløy3 5542 781116 34656.0
1838 Gildeskål6491 34271 99832.5
1839 Beiarn01 02811 0290.0
1840 Saltdal2 5842 093144 69155.1
1841 Fauske - Fuosko7 2032 540329 77573.7
1845 Sørfold8921 08431 97945.1
1848 Steigen2022 33022 5348.0
1849 Hamarøy - Hábmer5511 24731 80130.6
1850 Divtasvuodna - Tysfjord1 16478721 95359.6
1851 Lødingen1 69640332 10280.7
1852 Tjeldsund30095901 25923.8
1853 Evenes73065611 38752.6
1854 Ballangen8641 65622 52234.3
1856 Røst353163151768.3
1857 Værøy640101574685.8
1859 Flakstad01 29831 3010.0
1860 Vestvågøy7 1374 2402011 39762.6
1865 Vågan7 1132 471279 61174.0
1866 Hadsel5 5692 461128 04269.2
1867 Bø (Nordland)9451 67622 62336.0
1868 Øksnes2 4102 093384 54153.1
1870 Sortland - Suortá6 8993 4713110 40166.3
1871 Andøy3 6431 25274 90274.3
1874 Moskenes754302121 06870.6
1902 Tromsø67 6637 71126475 63889.5
1903 Harstad - Hárstták20 9773 7944924 82084.5
1911 Kvæfjord1 8171 10472 92862.1
1913 Skånland1 1411 830232 99438.1
1917 Ibestad47190541 38034.1
1919 Gratangen01 11611 1170.0
1920 Loabák - Lavangen29876031 06128.1
1922 Bardu2 4711 50083 97962.1
1923 Salangen8281 39532 22637.2
1924 Målselv3 7203 061176 79854.7
1925 Sørreisa1 5511 93673 49444.4
1926 Dyrøy01 16501 1650.0
1927 Tranøy3051 23101 53619.9
1928 Torsken598343294363.4
1929 Berg3025901090233.5
1931 Lenvik6 8544 7523811 64458.9
1933 Balsfjord1 5514 088145 65327.4
1936 Karlsøy4751 765232 26321.0
1938 Lyngen1 0771 79462 87737.4
1939 Storfjord - Omasvuotna - Omasvuono5251 319121 85628.3
1940 Gáivuotna - Kåfjord - Kaivuono5561 56882 13226.1
1941 Skjervøy2 483428142 92584.9
1942 Nordreisa2 6772 257104 94454.1
1943 Kvænangen403811101 22432.9
2002 Vardø2 07914172 11098.5
2003 Vadsø5 521495176 03391.5
2004 Hammerfest10 0893796510 53395.8
2011 Guovdageaidnu - Kautokeino1 4751 457142 94650.1
2012 Alta16 8763 6916820 63581.8
2014 Loppa489448494152.0
2015 Hasvik70031931 02268.5
2017 Kvalsund30671921 02729.8
2018 Måsøy993226121 23180.7
2019 Nordkapp2 885341133 23989.1
2020 Porsanger - Porsángu - Porsanki2 2591 695103 96457.0
2021 Kárásjohka - Karasjok1 85684232 70168.7
2022 Lebesby94839921 34970.3
2023 Gamvik792346151 15368.7
2024 Berlevåg93738898395.3
2025 Deatnu - Tana7342 174142 92225.1
2027 Unjárga - Nesseby094319440.0
2028 Båtsfjord2 20927272 26397.6
2030 Sør-Varanger8 0502 0774410 17179.1

About the statistics

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Urban settlement:

1. A hub of buildings shall be registered as an urban settlement if it is inhabited by at least 200 persons (60 - 70 dwellings).

2. The distance between the buildings shall normally not exceed 50 metres. Deviations are allowed for areas that cannot/are not to be occupied, for example parks, sports facilities, industrial areas or natural barriers such as rivers or arable land. Also included are agglomerations that naturally belong to the urban settlement with up to a distance of 400 meters from the centre of the urban settlement.

Urban settlements are geographical areas with dynamic boundaries. Thus the number of urban settlements and their boundaries will change over time, depending on construction activity and changes of resident population.

The delimitation of the urban settlements is independent of the administrative boundaries.

Standard classifications

A standard classification of the urban settlements is: 200 - 1 999 residents 2 000 - 19 999 residents 20 000 - 99 999 residents 100 000 or more residents

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Population and land area in urban settlements
Topic: Population

Responsible division

Division for Population Statistics

Regional level

Besides statistics of urban settlements the statistics give figures of residents in densely and sparsely populated areas by basic statistical unit and municipality..

Frequency and timeliness

Yearly

International reporting

Not relevant

 

Microdata

The code for urban settlement and sparse population will be stored on the files over Norwegian residents 1 January each year.

Background

Background and purpose

Urban settlements are regional delimitations that can describe the urban development in Norway. The dicotomy of sparsely and densely populated areas is useful in analysis describing social, environmental and demographic variations.

The term urban settlements is used in Statistics Norway since the Population Census in 1960. The original definition is, with a few modifications, used in all the censuses since 1960.

Since 1960 to 2001 population statistics for urban settlements has been elaborated in connection with the censuses each 10 years.

Since 1990 the statistics are elaborated per 1 January each year. A new method for automatic delimitation of the urban settlements has been used since 1999. Allthough the definition of urban settlements remains the same, the statistics will differ slightly due to the new method. Figures referring to new and old method should not be compared.

Users and applications

The statistics is mainly used by civil administration (ministries, directorates, county- and municipality administrations) as well as for research purposes. Population in urban settlements is used in many analysis as an important variable in social, environmental and demographic studies.

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.

Coherence with other statistics

The international recommendations and definitions are closely related to the Norwegian definition. The most important difference is that the distance between the buildings should not exceed 200 metres in the international definition, whereas the criterion is 50 metres in the Norwegian. In the nordic definition deviation from the 200 metre limit is allowed.

Statistics Norway also produce land use statistics for urban settlements.

Legal authority

Statistics Act, §§ 2-1, 2-2, 3-2

EEA reference

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Production

Population

The population is persons registered as residents in Norway. The observation unit is person.

Data sources and sampling

Data sources are the Central Population Register and the national register of Ground, Addresses and Buildings(Matrikkelen).

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Collection of data, editing and estimations

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The statistic is estimated by counting the number of persons who belong to urban or rural settlement.

Seasonal adjustment

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Confidentiality

If a table consists of three or fewer units and disclosing these units can lead to identification of individuals, the figure is rounded up or left empty.

Comparability over time and space

As mentioned (2.1) there have been some small changes in the definition of urban settlements since 1960. During the period 1990 to 1998 the statistics have been elaborated on the basis of information from the municipalities own registration in the GAB-register. Since 1999 (expect of 2001 and 2010) the delimitation will be done by Statistics Norway using an automatic method (GIS). Data should not be compared unless the method is the same.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

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The sources of error are mainly connected to the quality and completeness in the registers used. By merging the Central Population Register and the GAB register(Matrikkelen), each individual gets coordinates for their reisident. Thus, the key for the merge which is the numeric address, must be identical in the two registers.

Revision

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