Over 7 in 10 dwellings in small houses
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Dwellings1 January 2014



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Over 7 in 10 dwellings in small houses

Seventy-two per cent of dwellings are in small houses with four or fewer dwellings. Despite the increase in the share of flats in recent years, small houses still dominate the type of building.

Dwellings (occupied and vacant), by buildingtype and year1
2013 - 2014
1Changes last period are net changes. Some changes may be due to variable lag in registering of new dwellings.
Total2 449 2102 466 36317 153
Detached house1 278 9601 281 7432 783
House with 2 dwellings223 783225 0891 306
Row house, linked house and house with 3 dwellings or more281 360284 4263 066
Multi-dwelling building550 366558 9698 603
Residence for communities45 57948 2762 697
Other building69 16267 860-1 302

There were a total of 2 466 363 dwellings in Norway as at 1 January 2014. 

Flats in second place

Dwellings can be grouped by type of building. Detached houses constituted more than half (1 278 960), flats in multi-dwelling buildings followed with 550 366, while there were 281 360 dwellings in row houses, linked houses and houses with three or four dwellings. There were 223 783 dwellings in houses with two dwellings and 45 579 dwellings in residences for communities. The remaining 69 162 dwellings are registered in buildings where the main part of the floor space is used for purposes other than dwellings; mainly industrial buildings.

Both dwelling units and single rooms are counted as dwellings. From 2012 to 2014, there was a net growth in the number of dwellings of 44 000, of which almost half were blocks of flats.

Change in date of data withdrawal

From 2013 to 2014, there was a net increase of 17 000 dwellings, somewhat less than predicted by the construction statistics. This is due to data being extracted closer to 1 January in order to improve the topicality. Changing the extraction date also enables better comparability with other statistics, such as the construction statistics, building stock and household statistics.

Adjusted dwelling populationOpen and readClose

The dwelling population as of 1 January 2012 was adjusted with 49 335 extra dwellings, mainly dwellings in one- and two-family houses. The corresponding figures for 1 January 2013 were adjusted with 44 422 extra dwellings. This is based on information from household statistics, which indicate that some dwellings are not yet registered in the dwelling register.

Enhanced qualityOpen and readClose

The quality of the dwelling statistics is gradually improving each year. Most of the dwellings in buildings with little information are gradually being replaced with new buildings, or new information is available when dwellings are for sale. In addition, the increase in the number of registers used in the production of the statistics also affects the quality.