Activity in centre zones

Updated: 23 November 2020

Next update: 8 December 2021

Square kilometres of centre zones in Norway
Square kilometres of centre zones in Norway
2020
48.89
km²

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Centre zone area density statistics for selected municipalities
Centre zone area density statistics for selected municipalities
2020
Number of centre zonesArea, square kilometresInhabitants per square kilometreEmployees per square kilometreBuisinesses per square kilometre
Drammen161.056 25415 7322 537
Bærum211.023 49635 8383 263
Oslo municipality6513.1315 12125 2513 931
Kristiansand121.125 48317 3882 819
Stavanger201.783 97019 7442 171
Bergen442.887 43023 2063 053
Trondheim322.046 05921 6722 483
Explanation of symbols
Centre zone statistics (inhabitants and density) for selected municipalities.
Centre zone statistics (inhabitants and density) for selected municipalities.
2020
Number of centre zonesNumber of inhabitantsInhabitants per square kilometreEmployees per inhabitantBuisinesses per inhabitant
Drammen166 5676 2542.50.4
Bærum213 5663 49610.30.9
Oslo municipality65198 54115 1211.70.3
Kristiansand126 1415 4833.20.5
Stavanger207 0673 9705.00.5
Bergen4421 3977 4303.10.4
Trondheim3212 3616 0593.60.4
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

The statistics describe the density of inhabitants, employees and businesses in center zones, as well as Retail trade and service areas.

Statistics Norway's definition

1. A centre zone consists of one or more centre kernels and a 100-metre zone around them.

2. A centre kernel is an area with at least 4 different main types of economic activity with centre functions. In addition to detail trade, governmental administration or health and social services or social and personal services must be present. The distance among enterprises must not be more than 50 meters.

At least 50 employees, (in businesses with centre functions) in the centre zone.

Number of centre zones, area of centre zones. Attached statistics; number of enterprises, number of residents, number of employees.

Retail trade and service area is:

Areas with concentration of businesses of a selected set of industries. The selection is based on transport generating properties. The Retail trade and service area is delimitated just as the centre zones, but the maximum distance between businesses is 100 m. There is no criteria for diversity of industries either. It has, however, to be at least 3 businesses and at least 50 employees.

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Activity in centre zones

Nature and the environment

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Division for housing, property, spatial and agricultural statistics.

Central business districts, urban settlements, municipalities, counties

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The base source for delimitation is statistical registers. The delimitations are downloadable on www.ssb.no .

The purpose of the statistics is to follow the changes in the extension and land use of central business districts and to attach this to demographic and economical statistics concerning the central business districts. The work is based on the need for a uniform delimitation of central business districts as the "national policy guidelines for shopping centres outside central business districts" were passed, 8th of January 1999. An automatic method can secure the authorities standardised data for comparison, as well as providing planning authorities with data for statistical analysis.

The central business districts are modelled for the purpose of statistics, and must not be confused with the term central business district used in other settings.

The statistics is mainly used by civil administration (ministries, directorates, county- and municipality administrations) as well as for research purposes. Population in central business districts is used in a number of analyses as an important variable in social, environmental and demographic studies.

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The statistics comprises all Central business districts of Norway as defined by Statistics Norway with minimum 50 employees. In addition all retail trade and service areas.

Data sources are the National register of Ground, Addresses and Buildings and the Central Register of Establishment and enterprises as well as building outlines from the Common map data base and the land use map compiled by Statistics Norway.

Based on registers and the use of GIS.

Data revised by owners of the registers, e.g. Statistics Norway and Norwegian Mapping Authorities.

Based on modelling. Where density and diversity of enterprises fulfils the definition, a centre zone is delimited.

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The delimitation is done by automatic routines using a geographical information system. The central business districts has been delimitated yearly since 2000. The method has been adjusted in 2015. Figures for 2014 has also been recalculated. New data for businesses from 2016 onwards makes a break in the series.

Errors of registrations in the National register of Ground, Addresses and Buildings or the Central Register of Establishment and enterprises.

Not all the relevant enterprises are identified by coordinates and thus some centre zones may be omitted in the statistics.

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