Continued growth in the largest urban settlements
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The statistics cover the population and land area in urban settlements 1. January 2014.Also figures of residents in densely - and sparsely populated areas by county and municipality and population density will be covered.

Population and land area in urban settlements1 January 2014



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Continued growth in the largest urban settlements

In total, 4 114 000 inhabitants lived in a total of 976 urban settlements in Norway as of 1 January 2014. Almost 80 per cent of the population of Norway lives in urban settlements. In 2013, the land area covered by urban settlements increased by 20 km2. The average population density for urban settlements in Norway was 1 916 in 2013 compared to 1 904 in 2012.

Population and area. Urban settlements.1 January
PopulationChangeChange in per cent
20142013 - 20142013 - 2014
Residents in urban settlements4 114 42563 7871.6
Residents in rural settlements976 827-1 517-0.2
Area of urban settlement (km²)2 147.0419.500.92
Number of residents pr km2 in urban areas1 916120.7
Proportion residents in urban settlements, per cent80.530.210.26
Residents in the five largest urban settlements
Oslo942 08416 8561.8
Bergen251 2813 5501.4
Stavanger/Sandnes207 4393 6681.8
Trondheim172 2262 2541.3
Drammen112 1231 6201.5
Figure 1. Growt in urban settlement population from 1 January 2013 to 1 January 2014. Counties

In 2013, the population of urban settlements increased by 64 000, or 1.6 per cent. The corresponding growth rate for the country as a whole was 1.1 per cent.

High 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 1 685 000, 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 28 000 in 2013.

Increase in land covered by urban settlements

In total, 2 147 square kilometres of the land area of Norway was made up of urban settlements as of 1 January 2014. The urban settlement area increased by 20 square kilometres in 2013, or 1 per cent.

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, Sogn og Fjordane and Nord-Trøndelag, between 56 and 60 per cent of the population live in urban settlements.