SSB: By 2050, the population will shrink in 40% of Norwegian municipalities

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The cities and surrounding areas will continue to grow, but many municipalities will see a decline in population by 2050, according to new population projections from Statistics Norway (SSB).

Statistics Norway’s new population projections show that the population in Norway will grow from the current 5.4 million people to 6 million in 2050 and 6.2 million in 2100.

“The growth in the population in the next decades will be unevenly distributed across the country. Viken County is expected to grow by 19% by 2050, while Nordland is expected to shrink by 2%,” Statistics Norway researcher Sturla Løkken stated in a press release.

According to Statistics Norway, the total population is expected to grow by 11% by 2050, but 40% of the municipalities will not participate in the growth. 

Of the urban municipalities, Oslo has the largest projected growth until 2050, with 109,000 people (16%). Oslo is expected to surpass 800,000 inhabitants in 2045. Bergen and Stavanger are expected to reach 300,000 and 150,000 inhabitants respectively by 2030.

According to Statistics Norway, the trend of moving out of the cities in connection with the pandemic is of a temporary nature.

“In our calculations, there is nothing to indicate that centralization will stop in the wake of the pandemic,” Løkken added.

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