4 799 000 resident at the turn of the year
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4 799 000 resident at the turn of the year

The population of Norway was 4 799 252 at the turn of the year, and reached 4.8 million in early January. The population increased by 62 100 in 2008, which is 6 000 more than in 2007.

Population 1 January 1900-2009

Population. Age and centrality. Per cent. 1 January 2009

In relative terms, the population increase was 1.31 per cent in 2008; the highest registered since 1920, and even higher than in 1946, when it reached 1.26 per cent.

Two thirds live in central municipalities

A total of 67 per cent of the population live in central municipalities, and somewhat less than 10 per cent live in the least central municipalities.

Of the total population, 26 per cent were under 20 years of age, 61 per cent were in the age group 20-66 years, and 13 per cent were 66 years or older. In the most central municipalities, the distribution was 25, 63 and 12 per cent respectively, and 25, 58 and 17 per cent in the least central municipalities. Hence, the difference between the most and least central municipalities is primarily that there are fewer in the age group 20-66 years and more elderly in the least central municipalities.

Young population in and around the regional centres

The average age of the population is 39 years. There are great variances in the different parts of the country. The population is relatively young in and around the regional centres and along the coast in the South and West of Norway.

Municipalities by centrality

Average age in municipalities

Average age in population. Counties. 1 January 2009
Counties Average age
The whole country 39
01 østfold 40
02 Akershus 38
03 Oslo 38
04 Hedmark 42
05 Oppland 42
06 Buskerud 40
07 Vestfold 40
08 Telemark 41
09 Aust-Agder 39
10 Vest-Agder 38
11 Rogaland 37
12 Hordaland 38
14 Sogn og Fjordane 40
15 Møre og Romsdal 40
16 Sør-Trøndelag 39
17 Nord-Trøndelag 40
18 Nordland 40
19 Troms Romsa 39
20 Finnmark Finnmárku 39

More elderly inland

The municipalities along the Swedish border have more elderly and fewer young inhabitants. This is also the case for most of the other inland municipalities in Norway.

The average age of the population in all the municipalities of Hedmark county is above the national average. The counties Oppland and Telemark each have one municipality with the same age average as the national one, whereas all the remaining municipalities have a higher average.

Figures for the changes in the last quarter of 2008, as well as for the year 2008 as a whole, have also been published. More details about citizenship and marital status will be published on 12 March.

See also http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/02/02/folkendrkv_en/ and http://www.ssb.no/english/subjects/02/02/30/ekteskap_en/ .


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