Almost 1 000 urban settlements in Norway
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The statistics cover the population and land area in urban settlements as of 1 January 2016. 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 2016



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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 and area. Urban settlements.1 January
PopulationChangeChange in per cent
20162015 - 20162015 - 2016
Residents in urban settlements4 229 84957 0451.4
Residents in rural settlements968 576-5 236-0.5
Area of urban settlement (km²)2 172.5014.220.66
Number of residents pr km2 in urban areas1 947140.7
Proportion residents in urban settlements, per cent81.130.180.22
Residents in the five largest urban settlements
Oslo975 74417 3661.8
Bergen252 7722 3520.9
Stavanger/Sandnes213 3132 4391.2
Trondheim177 6172 5491.5
Drammen115 1371 6031.4

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.

Denser population

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.

Map of urban settlements, 2016

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