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?
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, we estimate that number to be 5,091,246.
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 Projections
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.