This is an archived release.
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||Change||Change in per cent|
|2014||2013 - 2014||2013 - 2014|
|Residents in urban settlements||4 114 425||63 787||1.6|
|Residents in rural settlements||976 827||-1 517||-0.2|
|Area of urban settlement (km²)||2 147.04||19.50||0.92|
|Number of residents pr km2 in urban areas||1 916||12||0.7|
|Proportion residents in urban settlements, per cent||80.53||0.21||0.26|
|Residents in the five largest urban settlements|
|Oslo||942 084||16 856||1.8|
|Bergen||251 281||3 550||1.4|
|Stavanger/Sandnes||207 439||3 668||1.8|
|Trondheim||172 226||2 254||1.3|
|Drammen||112 123||1 620||1.5|
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.