Norway Population 2017

5,329,143

In terms of sheer size, Norway is the 61st largest country in the world but its diverse and sometimes harsh geography means that it is relatively sparsely populated by comparison. But how do those population figures compare in 2014?

Norway Population

As far as the Norway population in 2012 is concerned, there are confirmed figures that come from the census of the same year. This showed that numbers within the country stood at 5,006,470. Today, the UN estimates that number to be 5.31 million.

With regards to population density, Norway has a land mass of 385,252 square kilometres (148,746 square miles). For every square kilometre of land, there is an average of 13.2 people living here and that converts to 34 per square mile and makes Norway only the 213th most densely populated country on the planet.

Norway’s population history

Norway is an ancient country and it is claimed that as far back as 1665, there were already 440,000 people living here. Steady growth through the ages has continued to the point where the Norway population in 2014 now stands at approximately 5,091,246.

Historical landmarks were reached in 1825, when the population of Norway hit 1,051,318 and thereby exceeded one million for the first time in the country’s history and in 1900, the numbers had reached 2,240,032.

Throughout the 20th century, population growth was steady and on a census by census basis, it generally increased by between 3% and 4%.

Age and life expectancy

Statistics released by the CIA World Factbook give us an overall picture of age breakdowns and life expectancy within Norway itself.

Based on population estimates from 2011, the Factbook claims that 18.8% of the Norway population of the time were aged between 0 and 14 years. In addition, it was confirmed that 66.2% of the country were between 15 and 64 years of age while 15% of the people of Norway were aged 65 and over in 2011.

Turning to life expectancy figures, the most recent estimate was given in 2010 when it was shown that the average figure was 81.04 years which could be divided between 78.85 years for males and 83.15 years for females.

Based on those 2010 estimates, the median age overall was 39.7 years. This was divided between 38.8 years for men and 40.5 for women.

Norway Population in 2018Source: Helge Høifødt

Population Data via United Nations WPP (2015 Revision, Medium Variant)

Norway Population Growth

Norway has a relatively consistent population growth year on year and the only slightly negative statistic is the fact that it has a fairly high percentage of people aged over 65,

A growth of immigration has also helped to swell numbers however and the CIA World Factbook estimates that current levels of growth will take the population of Norway to 7,032,687 by the year 2060.

About Norway

Official NameKingdom of Norway
Languages SpokenNorwegian Nynorsk, Sami, Norwegian Bokmål
BordersFIN, SWE, RUS
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude6210
Currencies UsedNOK

Norway Population Density

Name Population
Oslo580,000
Bergen213,585
Trondheim147,139
Stavanger121,610
Drammen90,722
Fredrikstad72,760
Kristiansand63,814
Sandnes63,032
Tromso52,436
Sarpsborg52,159
Skien50,595
Alesund44,096
Sandefjord42,654
Haugesund40,321
Tonsberg38,914
Moss34,492
Porsgrunn34,377
Bodo34,073
Arendal30,916
Hamar29,479
Ytrebygda24,044
Larvik23,113
Halden21,970
Steinkjer20,000
Harstad19,433
Lillehammer19,096
Molde18,594
Mo i Rana17,853
Kongsberg17,667
Horten17,660
Gjovik17,596
Askoy17,224
Kristiansund16,785
Narvik14,114
Lillestrom14,000
Honefoss13,678
Ski12,513
Elverum12,490
Askim12,482
Jessheim12,365
Alta12,077
Stjordalshalsen11,416
Drobak11,363
Kongsvinger11,181
Leirvik11,028
Vennesla10,931
Nesoddtangen10,911
Mandal10,143
Mosjoen9,636
Grimstad9,561
Egersund9,502
Namsos9,035
Sogne9,000
Raholt8,593
Forde8,510
Brumunddal8,441
Levanger8,411
Notodden8,306
Floro8,230
Bryne8,006
As7,961
Verdal7,154
Hammerfest6,788
Sogndal6,700
Kopervik6,507
Fetsund6,441
Malvik6,419
Orsta6,337
Holmestrand6,135
Indre Arna6,117
Lillesand6,081
Raufoss6,052
Fauske5,953
Klofta5,942
Tananger5,817
Sandnessjoen5,778
Hommersak5,692
Flekkefjord5,615
Stavern5,593
Voss5,571
Tranby5,552
Jorpeland5,537
Mysen5,516
Volda5,376
Odda5,359
Vestby5,330
Kragero5,158
Vadso5,139
Ulsteinvik5,103
Akrehamn5,018
Hermansverk2,000

Norway Population Clock

What is the population of Norway (as of 12/12/2017)?5,329,143
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2017)5,305,383
Births Per Day173
Deaths Per Day115
Net Migrations Per Day 86
Net Change Per Day 144
Population Change Since January 1st49,824

Norway Population Indicators

IndicatorValue
Crude Birth Rate 11.973 births/thousand
Crude Death Rate 7.941 deaths/thousand
Crude Net Migration Rate 5.966 people/thousand
Life Expectancy (Both Sexes) 82.234 years
Male Life Expectancy 80.338 years
Female Life Expectancy 84.142 years
Total Fertility Rate 1.825 children/woman
Net Reproduction Rate 0.882 surviving daughters/woman
Sex Ratio At Birth 1.057 males per female
Infant Mortality Rate 1.892 deaths/1,000 live births
Under Five Mortality 2.293 deaths/thousand
Mean Age at Childbearing 30.601 years
Rate of Natural Increase 4.032
Median Age (Total) 39.1 years
Median Age (Female) 40 years
Median Age (Male) 38.4 years

Norway Population History

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20175,305,38350.45%49.55%161181.01%
20155,199,83650.35%49.65%161181.25%
20104,885,87849.99%50.01%151171.07%
20054,632,36449.61%50.39%141150.58%
20004,499,36749.54%50.46%141160.60%
19954,366,99549.45%50.55%131140.56%
19904,247,28549.44%50.56%131140.45%
19854,153,10549.44%50.56%131080.33%
19804,086,07649.55%50.45%131040.39%
19754,008,03149.67%50.33%121010.67%
19703,876,06049.73%50.27%12960.80%
19653,724,46349.80%50.20%12940.78%
19603,582,50749.81%50.19%11900.87%
19553,430,34049.75%50.25%11860.99%
19503,265,27349.55%50.45%10830.00%

Norway Population Projections

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20205,449,69350.58%49.42%171190.00%
20255,707,47550.75%49.25%181190.93%
20305,959,21550.87%49.13%181210.87%
20356,193,13950.96%49.04%191190.77%
20406,406,95951.04%48.96%201190.68%
20456,607,16651.11%48.89%201180.62%
20506,801,51551.16%48.84%211180.58%
20556,983,78551.20%48.80%221170.53%
20607,152,89251.22%48.78%221160.48%
20657,310,91851.24%48.76%231160.44%
20707,460,80251.25%48.75%231150.41%
20757,602,30751.25%48.75%231140.38%
20807,730,30451.24%48.76%241140.33%
20857,842,86251.23%48.77%241110.29%
20907,942,77051.21%48.79%251100.25%
20958,032,85951.20%48.80%251100.23%
Data Sources
  1. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.
  2. GeoNames Gazetteer