Norway Population 2018

5,368,707

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.

Norway Population

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

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.

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

Norway Population in 2018Source: By User:Sveter (Please credit as "Petr �merkl, Wikipedia" in case you use this outside WMF projects.) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

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, Norwegian Bokmål, Sami
Is LandlockedNo
Latitude/Longitude6210
Currencies UsedNorway Krone
DemonymNorwegian

Countries Bordering Norway

Finland
Sweden
Russia

Norway Population Density

Norway Top 20 Cities by Population

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

Norway Population Clock

The population of Norway (as of 10/20/2018)?5,368,707
Last UN Estimate (July 1, 2018)5,353,363
Births Per Day175
Deaths Per Day115
Net Migrations Per Day 77
Net Change Per Day 137
Population Change Since January 1st40,141

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Estimate as of October 20th 2018 is: 5,367,824

Norway Population by Year (Historical)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20185,353,36350.50%49.50%16.531190.90%
20175,305,38350.45%49.55%16.381180.96%
20165,254,69450.40%49.60%16.231181.05%
20155,199,83650.35%49.65%16.061181.25%
20104,885,87849.99%50.01%15.091171.07%
20054,632,36449.61%50.39%14.311150.58%
20004,499,36749.54%50.46%13.901160.60%
19954,366,99549.45%50.55%13.491140.56%
19904,247,28549.44%50.56%13.121140.45%
19854,153,10549.44%50.56%12.831080.33%
19804,086,07649.55%50.45%12.621040.39%
19754,008,03149.67%50.33%12.381010.67%
19703,876,06049.73%50.27%11.97960.80%
19653,724,46349.80%50.20%11.50940.78%
19603,582,50749.81%50.19%11.06900.87%
19553,430,34049.75%50.25%10.59860.99%
19503,265,27349.55%50.45%10.08830.00%

Norway Population by Year (Projections)

Year Population % Male % Female Density (km²) Population Rank Growth Rate
20205,449,69350.58%49.42%16.831190.00%
20255,707,47550.75%49.25%17.631190.93%
20305,959,21550.87%49.13%18.401210.87%
20356,193,13950.96%49.04%19.131190.77%
20406,406,95951.04%48.96%19.791190.68%
20456,607,16651.11%48.89%20.401180.62%
20506,801,51551.16%48.84%21.011180.58%
20556,983,78551.20%48.80%21.571170.53%
20607,152,89251.22%48.78%22.091160.48%
20657,310,91851.24%48.76%22.581160.44%
20707,460,80251.25%48.75%23.041150.41%
20757,602,30751.25%48.75%23.481140.38%
20807,730,30451.24%48.76%23.871140.33%
20857,842,86251.23%48.77%24.221110.29%
20907,942,77051.21%48.79%24.531100.25%
20958,032,85951.20%48.80%24.811100.23%
Data Sources
  1. Statistics Norway (SSB)
  2. Statistics Norway (SSB)
  3. World Population Prospects (2017 Revision) - United Nations population estimates and projections.

    Total population: Estimated to be consistent with the 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, 2001 and 2011 censuses, with official population estimates through 2015, and with estimates of the subsequent trends in fertility, mortality and international migration.

  4. GeoNames Gazetteer