Oslo Population 2022

1,071,062
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Oslo is the largest city and is the capital of Norway. Additionally, it is both a municipality and a county. Oslo is the governmental and economic center of the country and a center for trade, industry, shipping, and finance. Oslo is a global city that has been ranked first in terms of quality of life among European cities but also the second-most expensive city in the world following Tokyo. In 2015, Oslo had a population of 648,000. The population in 2018 is up to 673,469.

Oslo Population Density and City Size

The city proper has a population density of 1,400 people per square kilometer (3,700/square mile). The urban are has a population of 952,000 with an even higher density of 3,300 people per square kilometer (8,500/square mile). The Oslo metropolitan area has a population of 1.5 million. The total surface area that Oslo occupies comes to a total of 480.76 kilometers squared (185.62 square miles)

Name Changes of Oslo

Oslo has been known by many names over its long history, which dates back to about 1000 AD. In 1624, the city was destroyed by a fire and moved closer to Akershus Castle and renamed Christiania for King Christian IV. It was later called Kristiania due to a spelling reform before its original Norwegian name was returned in 1925.

Oslo Population Demographics

70% of Oslo's population are ethnically Norwegian according to the census. Still, the city has a large immigrant population with many Norwegians born to immigrant parents. Of the 648,000 people in Oslo, 190,000 were born to immigrants or immigrants themselves, or nearly 30% of the population.

Norway's national average immigrant population is 14%, a proportion exceeded in all Oslo suburbs. The suburbs of Sondre Nordstrand and Stovner og Alna have the highest immigrant population in Oslo at 50%.

The largest ethnic minority in Oslo is Pakistanis, followed by immigrants from Sweden, Somalia, and Poland. There are also sizable communities of people from Iraq, Iran, Vietnam, Turkey, Morocco, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka. The western part of Oslo is mostly ethnic Norwegian with fewer than 5% immigrants while in the eastern part, up to 97% of children in school are immigrants. 40% of children in primary school in the city speak a first language that is not Norwegian or Sami.

About 63% of people in Oslo belong to the Church of Norway, far lower than the national average membership of 82%. Muslims account for about 8% of the population followed by Roman Catholics.

Oslo Population Growth

Oslo is growing at a record rate and it's now the fastest-growing major city in all of Europe. Oslo's growth is attributed to high birth rates, intra-national migration, and international migration. The immigrant population is growing faster than the native Norwegian population and it now accounts for more than 25% of Oslo's population.

Year Population
20351,252,296
20341,239,605
20331,226,683
20321,213,528
20311,200,151
20301,186,551
20291,172,728
20281,158,703
20271,144,493
20261,130,114
20251,115,584
20241,100,868
20231,085,992
20221,071,062
20211,056,180
20201,041,377
20191,026,758
20181,012,225
2017997,451
2016982,894
2015968,549
2014954,433
2013940,522
2012926,833
2011913,306
2010897,916
2009880,780
2008863,994
2007847,482
2006832,344
2005818,478
2004806,951
2003797,599
2002788,367
2001780,454
2000773,811
1999767,207
1998758,863
1997748,858
1996738,998
1995729,242
1994719,628
1993710,140
1992700,790
1991691,539
1990684,027
1989679,657
1988675,322
1987671,002
1986666,715
1985662,456
1984658,230
1983654,019
1982649,841
1981645,690
1980643,036
1979643,282
1978643,528
1977643,774
1976644,019
1975644,265
1974644,511
1973644,757
1972645,003
1971645,250
1970643,137
1969636,430
1968629,802
1967623,224
1966616,725
1965610,293
1964603,937
1963597,630
1962591,398
1961585,230
1960578,044
1959568,802
1958559,720
1957550,783
1956542,001
1955533,335
1954524,820
1953516,440
1952508,206
1951500,080
1950468,183

Oslo Population 2022

Year Population Growth Rate Growth
20351,252,2961.02%12,691
20341,239,6051.05%12,922
20331,226,6831.08%13,155
20321,213,5281.11%13,377
20311,200,1511.15%13,600
20301,186,5511.18%13,823
20291,172,7281.21%14,025
20281,158,7031.24%14,210
20271,144,4931.27%14,379
20261,130,1141.30%14,530
20251,115,5841.34%14,716
20241,100,8681.37%14,876
20231,085,9921.39%14,930
20221,071,0621.41%14,882
20211,056,1801.42%14,803
20201,041,3771.42%14,619
20191,026,7581.44%14,533
20181,012,2251.48%14,774
2017997,4511.48%14,557
2016982,8941.48%14,345
2015968,5491.48%14,116
2014954,4331.48%13,911
2013940,5221.48%13,689
2012926,8331.48%13,527
2011913,3061.71%15,390
2010897,9161.95%17,136
2009880,7801.94%16,786
2008863,9941.95%16,512
2007847,4821.82%15,138
2006832,3441.69%13,866
2005818,4781.43%11,527
2004806,9511.17%9,352
2003797,5991.17%9,232
2002788,3671.01%7,913
2001780,4540.86%6,643
2000773,8110.86%6,604
1999767,2071.10%8,344
1998758,8631.34%10,005
1997748,8581.33%9,860
1996738,9981.34%9,756
1995729,2421.34%9,614
1994719,6281.34%9,488
1993710,1401.33%9,350
1992700,7901.34%9,251
1991691,5391.10%7,512
1990684,0270.64%4,370
1989679,6570.64%4,335
1988675,3220.64%4,320
1987671,0020.64%4,287
1986666,7150.64%4,259
1985662,4560.64%4,226
1984658,2300.64%4,211
1983654,0190.64%4,178
1982649,8410.64%4,151
1981645,6900.41%2,654
1980643,036-0.04%-246
1979643,282-0.04%-246
1978643,528-0.04%-246
1977643,774-0.04%-245
1976644,019-0.04%-246
1975644,265-0.04%-246
1974644,511-0.04%-246
1973644,757-0.04%-246
1972645,003-0.04%-247
1971645,2500.33%2,113
1970643,1371.05%6,707
1969636,4301.05%6,628
1968629,8021.06%6,578
1967623,2241.05%6,499
1966616,7251.05%6,432
1965610,2931.05%6,356
1964603,9371.06%6,307
1963597,6301.05%6,232
1962591,3981.05%6,168
1961585,2301.24%7,186
1960578,0441.62%9,242
1959568,8021.62%9,082
1958559,7201.62%8,937
1957550,7831.62%8,782
1956542,0011.62%8,666
1955533,3351.62%8,515
1954524,8201.62%8,380
1953516,4401.62%8,234
1952508,2061.62%8,126
1951500,0806.81%31,897
1950468,1830.00%

Oslo Population Data (Urban Area)

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  1. Statistics Norway - Population and population changes - 2016
  2. City of Oslo - Oslo information and statistics

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