After 100 years of confidentiality duty, Norway’s census from 1920 is now available

Black and white photo 1969Photo: AAGE STORLØKKEN / AKTUELL / NTB
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After being subject to a duty of confidentiality for 100 years, the census for 1920 was published on Tuesday night at the Digital Archive.

National Archivist Inga Bolstad believes that many have been waiting for the census to be available at the Digital Archive, especially those who work in genealogy and local history.

“In addition, the information in the census in 1920 can contribute to new insights for researchers in several different disciplines,” Bolstad said.

Censuses contain information about all persons who lived in Norway on one specific date in a specific year. 

On December 1, 1920, such a count was made, and since the information was subject to a duty of confidentiality for one hundred years, it has only been made available now.

Unique snapshot

The figures also provide a unique snapshot of society a hundred years ago. 

In 1920, the population was 2,649,775, which means that Norway’s population has increased by 2.7 million in 100 years, according to the latest Statistics Norway (SSB) figures.

In 1920, there were only three municipalities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. 

The oldest woman was 106 years old, while the oldest man was 102 years old.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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