Almost 1 000 urban settlements in Norway
In total, 4 230 000 inhabitants lived in a total of 990 urban settlements in Norway as of 1 January 2016. Near 81 per cent of the population of Norway lives in urban settlements.
|Population||Change||Change in per cent|
|2016||2015 - 2016||2015 - 2016|
|Residents in urban settlements||4 229 849||57 045||1.4|
|Residents in rural settlements||968 576||-5 236||-0.5|
|Area of urban settlement (km²)||2 172.50||14.22||0.66|
|Number of residents pr km2 in urban areas||1 947||14||0.7|
|Proportion residents in urban settlements, per cent||81.13||0.18||0.22|
|Residents in the five largest urban settlements|
|Oslo||975 744||17 366||1.8|
|Bergen||252 772||2 352||0.9|
|Stavanger/Sandnes||213 313||2 439||1.2|
|Trondheim||177 617||2 549||1.5|
|Drammen||115 137||1 603||1.4|
In 2015, the population of urban settlements increased by 57 000, or 1.4 per cent. The corresponding growth rate for the country as a whole was 0.9 per cent.
Continued population growth in the five largest urban settlements
The five largest urban settlements; Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger/Sandnes, Trondheim and Drammen, had a total population of 1 735 000, which corresponds to 33 per cent of the population of Norway and 41 per cent of the total population in urban settlements. The population in these five urban settlements increased by 26 300 in 2015.
In total, 2 173 square kilometres of the land area of Norway was made up of urban settlements as of 1 January 2016. In 2015, the land area covered by urban settlements increased by 14 km2. The average population density for urban settlements in Norway was 1 933 on 1 January 2015, compared to 1 947 on 1 January 2016.
Major regional differences
The population size in urban settlements varies between the counties. In the county of Oslo, almost the entire population lives in urban settlements, while in the counties of Hedmark, Oppland and Nord-Trøndelag, between 57 and 60 per cent of the population live in urban settlements.