Norway Population 2018
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.
The Norway population gave confirmed figures of their numbers from the census of 2012. This showed that the population within the country stood at 5,006,470 in 2012. Today, the UN estimates that number to be 5.35 million.
Population Density and Surface Area in Norway
With regards to population density, Norway has a land mass of 323,802 square kilometres (148,746 square miles). For every square kilometre of land, there is an average of 16.5 people per square kilometer living here, which converts to 34 individuals per square mile and makes Norway only the 213th most densely populated country on the planet.
Capital and City Centers of Norway
Oslo is the capital of Norway as well as the most populated city, with more than 580,000 people living within the city limits, not including the metropolitan area. The metro area is estimated to have over a million residents. Bergen is the second largest city, with 213,585 residents.
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
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.
In 2018, these numbers were updated to 18% of the population is 0-14 years of age, 41% are 25-54 years of age, and 16.71% are over the age of 65.
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. These median ages have been updated in 2018 to 39.2 years of age, with a division of 38.4 years for males and 40 years for females.
Demographics of Norway
The official languages of Norway include Bokmal Norwegian and Nynorsk Norwegian, and some residents use Sami and/or Finnish languages as well.
The ethicities in Norway are recorded as Norwegian 83.2% (includes about 60,000 Sami), other European 8.3%, other 8.5% by the Factbook as well.
Religion in Norway is fairly diverse, showing affiliations with Church of Norway (Evangelical Lutheran - official) at 71.5%, Roman Catholic 2.8%, other Christian 3.9%, Muslim 2.8%, other 2%, and unspecified at 7.5% of the population.
Components of Population Change
|One birth every 8 minutes|
|One death every 13 minutes|
|One net migrant every 19 minutes|
|Net gain of one person every 11 minutes|