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Stable growth in urban settlements
In total, 4 172 800 inhabitants lived in a total of 981 urban settlements in Norway as of 1 January 2015. Near 81 per cent of the population of Norway lives in urban settlements.
|Population||Change||Change in per cent|
|2015||2014 - 2015||2014 - 2015|
|1The urban settlement of Fanahammeren is separated from the urban settlement of Bergen. It resided 3 777 residents in this urban settlement.|
|Residents in urban settlements||4 172 804||58 379||1.4|
|Residents in rural settlements||973 812||-3 015||-0.3|
|Area of urban settlement (km²)||2 158.28||11.24||0.52|
|Number of residents pr km2 in urban areas||1 933||17||0.9|
|Proportion residents in urban settlements, per cent||80.78||0.09||0.11|
|Residents in the five largest urban settlements|
|Oslo||958 378||16 294||1.7|
|Stavanger/Sandnes||210 874||3 435||1.7|
|Trondheim||175 068||2 842||1.7|
|Drammen||113 534||1 411||1.3|
In 2014, the population of urban settlements increased by 58 400, or 1.4 per cent. The corresponding growth rate for the country as a whole was 1.1 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 1 708 000, 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 23 000 in 2014.
Reduced growth in land covered by urban settlements
In total, 2 158 square kilometres of the land area of Norway was made up of urban settlements as of 1 January 2015. In 2014, the land area covered by urban settlements increased by 11 km2 compared with 20 km2 in 2013. The average population density for urban settlements in Norway was 1 916 on 1 January 2014, compared to 1 933 on 1 January 2015.
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 57 and 60 per cent of the population live in urban settlements.