Below is a list of towns and cities in Norway. The Norwegian word for town or city is by. Cities were formerly categorized as kjøpstad (market town) or ladested (small seaport),each with special rights. The special trading rights for cities were abolished in 1857, and the classification was entirely rescinded in 1952 and replaced by the simple classification by.
From 1 January 1965 the focus was moved from the individual cities to their corresponding municipalities. Norwegian municipalities were classified as bykommune (urban municipality) or herredskommune (rural municipality). The distinction was rescinded by The Local Government Act of 1992. The municipalities were ordered by so-called municipality numbers, four-digit codes based on ISO 3166-2:NO which in 1946 were assigned to each municipality. Urban municipalities got a municipality number in which the third digit was a zero.
Between 1960 and 1965 many Norwegian municipalities were merged. For instance when the urban municipality Brevik merged with the urban municipality Porsgrunn and the rural municipality Eidanger, the new municipality was called Porsgrunn and retained its municipality number. As a result, Brevik was no longer considered an urban municipality/town. On another note, when the urban municipality Hønefoss was merged with the rural municipalities Hole, Norderhov, Tyristrand and Ådal to form the new municipality Ringerike, Ringerike retained the old municipality number of Hønefoss.The same thing happened to Egersund and Florø.
Before 1996, the city status was awarded by the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development. Now the issue is decided by each municipality council and is formally accepted by the state. Since 1997 a municipality must have a minimum of 5,000 inhabitants in order to declare city status for one of its settlements. In 1999 the municipality council of Bardu declared city status for Setermoen, only to be rejected because the municipality fell short of the population limit. One exception is Honningsvåg in Nordkapp, where the municipality actually has less than 5,000 inhabitants but declared city status before the limit was implemented by law in 1997.
Because of the new laws, Norway witnessed a rapid rise in the number of cities after 1996. A number of relatively small settlements are now called by, such as Brekstad with 1,828 inhabitants and Kolvereid with 1,448 inhabitants.Among the cities of today which got this status before 1996, Tvedestrand with 1,983 inhabitants is the smallest. On another note, the laws of 1996 allowed some settlements which lost their city status in the 1960s to regain it.
Oslo, founded in 1000[ citation needed ], is the largest city and the capital of Norway.
Note that in most cases the population listed here is that of the municipality, including other villages, not just the urban centre.
In 2017 the government decided to abolish some of the counties and to merge them with other counties to form larger ones, reducing the number of counties from 19 to 11, to be implemented from 2020.
|Hammerfest||Hammerfest||Troms og Finnmark||1789||9,261|
|Harstad||Harstad||Troms og Finnmark||1904||23,242|
|Holmestrand||Holmestrand||Vestfold og Telemark||1752||9,515|
|Horten||Horten||Vestfold og Telemark||1858||24,671|
|Kristiansund (town)||Kristiansund||Møre og Romsdal||1742||22,661|
|Larvik||Larvik||Vestfold og Telemark||1671||41,221|
|Molde||Molde||Møre og Romsdal||1742||24,421|
|Notodden||Notodden||Vestfold og Telemark||1913||12,359|
|Porsgrunn||Porsgrunn||Vestfold og Telemark||1842||33,550|
|Sandefjord||Sandefjord||Vestfold og Telemark||1845||42,333|
|Skien||Skien||Vestfold og Telemark||1000||72,537|
|Tromsø||Tromsø||Troms og Finnmark||1794||72,681|
|Tønsberg||Tønsberg||Vestfold og Telemark||900||38,914|
|Vadsø||Vadsø||Troms og Finnmark||1833||6,187|
|Vardø||Vardø||Troms og Finnmark||1789||2,396|
|Ålesund||Ålesund||Møre og Romsdal||1848||41,385|
|Alta||Alta||Troms og Finnmark||1999||15,094|
|Brevik||Porsgrunn||Vestfold og Telemark||1845–1963|
|Finnsnes||Lenvik||Troms og Finnmark||2000||4,658|
|Fosnavåg||Herøy||Møre og Romsdal||2000||3,598|
|Honningsvåg||Nordkapp||Troms og Finnmark||1996||2,575|
|Kirkenes||Sør-Varanger||Troms og Finnmark||1998||3,529|
|Kragerø||Kragerø||Vestfold og Telemark||1666–1959|
|Langesund||Bamble||Vestfold og Telemark||1765–1963|
|Mo i Rana||Rana||Nordland||1923–1963|
|Rjukan||Tinn||Vestfold og Telemark||1996||3,386|
|Stathelle||Bamble||Vestfold og Telemark||1774–1963|
|Stavern||Larvik||Vestfold og Telemark||1946–1988|
|Ulsteinvik||Ulstein||Møre og Romsdal||2000||5,156|
|Åndalsnes||Rauma||Møre og Romsdal||1996||2,403|
|Setermoen||Bardu||Troms og Finnmark||1999|
|Åsgårdstrand||Horten||Vestfold og Telemark||1650–1964|
Sokna is a small village located between Hønefoss and Krøderen in the municipality of Ringerike, in the county of Buskerud, Norway. Its population is 543.
Buskerud is a traditional region, a former county and a current electoral district in Norway, bordering Akershus, Oslo, Oppland, Sogn og Fjordane, Hordaland, Telemark and Vestfold. The region extends from the Oslofjord and Drammensfjorden in the southeast to Hardangervidda mountain range in the northwest. The county administration was in modern times located in Drammen. Buskerud was merged with Akershus and Østfold into the newly created Viken County on 1 January 2020.
Porsgrunn (help·info) is a city and municipality in Telemark in the county of Vestfold og Telemark in Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Grenland. The administrative centre of the municipality is the city of Porsgrunn.
Ringerike is a municipality in the traditional and electoral district Buskerud in Viken county, Norway. It is part of the traditional region of Ringerike. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Hønefoss.
Florø (help·info) is a town and the administrative centre of the municipality of Kinn, Vestland, Norway. The town was founded by royal decree in 1860 as a ladested on the island of Florelandet, located between the Botnafjorden and Solheimsfjorden. Florø is Norway's westernmost town. It is the most western town on the mainland in the Nordic countries.
Sund is a former municipality in the old Hordaland county in Norway. The municipality existed from 1838 until its dissolution in 2020 when it joined Øygarden Municipality. It was located in the traditional district of Midhordland. The administrative centre of the municipality was the village of Skogsvåg. Other larger villages in Sund included Klokkarvik, Tælavåg, Kausland, and Hammarsland.
Hammerfest is a municipality in Troms og Finnmark county, Norway. Hammerfest is the northernmost town in the world with more than 10,000 inhabitants. The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Hammerfest. Some of the main villages in the municipality include Rypefjord, Forsøl, Hønsebybotn, Akkarfjord i Kvaløya, Akkarfjord i Sørøya, and Kårhamn.
Hønefoss is a town and the administrative center of the municipality of Ringerike in Buskerud county, Norway. Hønefoss is an industrial center of inner Østlandet, containing several factories and other industry. As of 1 January 2008, Hønefoss has 14,177 inhabitants. In 1852, Hønefoss received town status and was separated from Norderhov. In 1964, Hønefoss ceased being a separate municipality and became part of Ringerike.
Grenland is a traditional district in the county of Vestfold og Telemark, in the south of Norway. Located in the southeastern part of the county, Grenland is composed of the municipalities Skien, Porsgrunn, Bamble, and Siljan. Sometimes the municipalities Kragerø and Drangedal of the smaller Vestmar region are also considered to be part of the area. The region encompasses 1,794 km2 and has 122,978 inhabitants (2004), which translates as 12% of the area and 64% of the population of Telemark.
Midt-Telemark is a traditional district of Norway situated in Vestfold og Telemark county.
Brevik is a town in Telemark, Norway, with an estimated population of 2,700. Brevik was established as a municipality 1 January 1838, but was merged with Porsgrunn on 1 January 1964. Brevik is regarded as one of the best preserved towns from the sailing ship era. The town is located on the far end of Eidanger peninsula (Eidangerhalvøya), and was a former export centre for ice and timber. The last shipment of wood to the United Kingdom was around 1960.
Helgelandsmoen is a village located in Buskerud, Norway.
Hen is a small village in the municipality of Ringerike in Buskerud, Norway.
Norderhov is a former municipality located within Ringerike in Buskerud county, Norway.
Gjerpen is a former township which is now part of the municipality of Skien, in Telemark county, Norway.
Borre is a village in the municipality of Horten, Vestfold county, Norway. The village of Borre had provided the name of the former Borre municipality.
The Ringerike Line is a proposed 40-kilometre (25 mi) extension of the Bergen Line from Hønefoss to Sandvika, Norway. It would reduce travel from Oslo to Bergen by 60 kilometres (37 mi) and 50 minutes. Currently trains from the Bergen Line to Oslo must run via Drammen on the Randsfjord Line and the Drammen Line, or via Roa on the Roa–Hønefoss Line and the Gjøvik Line.
Hønefoss Airport, Eggemoen is a private airport situated at Eggemoen in Ringerike, in Viken county Norway. The airport features a 2,100-meter (6,900 ft) asphalt runway aligned 04/22. The airport is owned by Tronrud Engineering and is part of Eggemoen Aviation & Technology Park. The airport is situated midway between Hønefoss and Jevnaker.
Vestfold og Telemark, lit. Vestfold and Telemark in English, is the southernmost county in Eastern Norway that consists of two distinct and separate traditional regions, the former counties of Telemark and most of Vestfold. The capital is Skien, which is also the county's largest city. While Skien is the capital of the county municipality, the seat of the County Governor is Tønsberg. It borders the counties of Viken, Vestland, Rogaland and Agder.
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