Stable growth in urban settlements
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The statistics cover the population and land area in urban settlements as of 1 January 2015. Figures on residents in densely and sparsely populated areas by county and municipality and population density will also be covered.

Population and land area in urban settlements1 January 2015



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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 and area. Urban settlements.1 January
PopulationChangeChange in per cent
20152014 - 20152014 - 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 settlements4 172 80458 3791.4
Residents in rural settlements973 812-3 015-0.3
Area of urban settlement (km²)2 158.2811.240.52
Number of residents pr km2 in urban areas1 933170.9
Proportion residents in urban settlements, per cent80.780.090.11
Residents in the five largest urban settlements
Oslo958 37816 2941.7
Bergen1250 420-861-0.3
Stavanger/Sandnes210 8743 4351.7
Trondheim175 0682 8421.7
Drammen113 5341 4111.3

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.

Map of urban settlements, 2015

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