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Continued growth in largest cities
In the country as a whole, the number of inhabitants in urban settlements increased by about 24 000 during 2004. The four largest urban settlements comprise 63 per cent of the national growth.
All in all 3 560 137 inhabitants lived in altogether 909 urban settlements in Norway as of 1 January 2005. 77.6 per cent of the population thus lives in urban settlements.
The population in urban settlements increased by nearly 24 000 during 2004 (0.7 per cent), while the urban settlement area increased by about 2 km2 (0.07 per cent). In the same period the population of Norway increased by 0.6 per cent.
Continued population growth in largest cities
Slightly above 1 345 000 inhabitants live in the four largest urban settlements Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger and Trondheim as of 1 January 2005. In 2004 these urban settlements increased their population by nearly 15 000 inhabitants, or about 1 per cent. The urban settlement of Oslo comprised 45 per cent of the national growth in the period -approximately 10 700 inhabitants.
About 5 per cent increase in densely populated areas since 2000
According to figures for the last five-year-period from 2000 to 2005 the number of inhabitants in densely populated areas increased distinctly. In the period the growth in the urban population was amounted to 4.8 per cent, while the increase in the population of Norway was 2.9 per cent in the same period.
In the same period the figures show that the migrations are directed to the central parts of Norway. Net migration (internal migrations) to central municipalities came to about 28 000 during the period.
In 2004 alone a positive net migration was recorded in the central municipalities (7 138).
In the five-year-period 2000 - 2005 (except 2000) the municipality of Oslo has had a positive net migration
|Residents in and areas of urban settlements, by population size|
|2005||Change from 2004 to 2005|
|Total||3 560 137||2 219.22||909||23 647||1.94||-2|
|200-499 residents||115 366||160.85||334||-85||1.18||1-1|
|500-999 residents||153 832||184.12||221||2 733||1.32||2|
|1 000-1 999 residents||205 479||204.36||146||-428||-0.97||-2|
|2 000-19 999 residents||1 008 340||745.51||189||2 435||-1.13||-1|
|20 000-99 999 residents||731 576||426.83||15||4 135||0.40||0|
|100 000 or more residents||1 345 544||497.54||4||14 857||0.90||0|
|1||The figure was corrected 03.06.2005.|
Increase in population density
All in all 2 219 km2 of the land area in Norway was urban settlements as of 1 January 2005. In the period 2004 to 2005 the increase in the urban settlement area was far less than the increase in the population of the urban settlements, 0.07 per cent and 0.7 per cent respectively. In 2004 the urban settlement area in the four largest urban settlements increased by nearly 1 km2, or 0.2 per cent. The area of these urban settlements comprised slightly above 22 per cent of the national urban settlement area.
In the period 2000 to 2005 the population density in urban settlements increased from 1 588 to 1 604 residents per km2.