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NORWAY
Population

Cities in NORWAY

Oslo

Population

The population of Norway was 5,320,045 in July 2017. This means that on average only 16 people live on a km2, a population density that is among the lowest in Europe. In Finnmark, only 1.6 people live per km2.

Bevolkingsdichtheid Noorwegen
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The population of Norway largely belongs to the Nordic race descended from the Vikings. There are also two ethnic minorities, both in Northern Norway: 60,000 Samen (Lappen) and 7,000 Finns. The Sami are related to the Mongols. The Norwegians have long tried to make the Sami language and culture die out. That did not work and nowadays there is even a Sami parliament, albeit with only limited powers.

Sami woman in traditional costume
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Emigration has always played a major role in Norwegian history since Viking times. Hundreds of thousands left their country over time. The population is increasingly concentrated in relatively large cities such as Oslo (over 1 million inhabitants in the urban region), Bergen and Trondheim.

Oslo, capital and most populous city of Norway
photo: John Christian Fjell…, CC Attribution 3.0 Unported no changes made

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Sources

Dominicus, J. / Noorwegen
Gottmer

Hoogendoorn, H. / Noorwegen
ANWB

Meesters, G. / Zuid-Noorwegen
ANWB media

Schagen, K. / Noorwegen
Kosmos-Z&K

CIA - World Factbook

BBC - Country Profiles

Last updated September 2021
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