Bergen Population 2018

Bergen is a city that is located in Norway. It is the second-largest city in the country by population. Its total population as recorded in 2016 was 278,121 spread across the city’s total area of close to 180 square miles on the Bergenshalvoyen peninsula. The larger metro area has a population of approximately 420,000 people. The city was once the capital of Norway and was also the largest city by population until it was surpassed by the current capital, Oslo, in the 1800s.

The majority of the population were born in Norway and make up over 84% of the total population. However, there are many residents that were originally born all across the globe. The city had a total population of over 38,000 residents who originated from outside of Norway according to data from 2013. This includes people from Poland, Iraq, Somalia, Vietnam, Germany, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom, just to name a few. There are people from 180 countries that currently reside in Bergen. Most of the people – 96% of the total population -- in Bergen live in urban areas. The city has a large population of younger residents, with almost one-quarter being under the age of 17, while just 4.5% were 80 years old or older. Almost 80% of the population belong to the Church of Norway, although thousands of other residents are registered as Muslims, Catholics, Hindus and other religions. The city throughout the years has seen steady growth. Its appeal to immigrants as well as serving as an international center for technology, shipping, tourism and finance will contribute to further growth in the future.