List of Towns and Cities in Norway

In Norwegian “by” is the word for town or city. In the past, cities were categorized as kjøpstad (market town) or ladested (small seaport), with special rights assigned to each. The special trading rights for cities were taken away  in 1857, and the classification was entirely abandoned in 1952 and replaced by the classification by. Beginning on January 1, 1965 the municipalities (rather than their component cities) became the focus of local government. In  Norway, municipalities were now classified as bykommune (urban municipality) or herredskommune (rural municipality). The Local Government Act of 1992 reversed this new classification system.

Between 1960 and 1965 many Norwegian municipalities were merged. Before 1996, the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development awarded city status. Now city status is decided by each municipality council and then is formally accepted by the state. Since 1997 a municipality must have at least 5,000 inhabitants to declare city status for one of its communities.

For further details on this subject, please see the Wikipedia article on Norwegian Towns and Cities, from which the following lists are taken.

 

Click on any town name below, many of the municipality names, and some of the county names to view the Wikipedia Page on that governmental entity.

 City or Town Status since before 1996

City/town Municipality County City/town status Population
Arendal Arendal Aust-Agder 1723 39,826
Bergen Bergen Hordaland[5] 1070 263,762
Bodø Bodø Nordland 1816 46,049
Drammen Drammen Buskerud 1811 64,597
Egersund Eigersund Rogaland 1798 13,418
Farsund Farsund Vest-Agder 1795 9,392
Flekkefjord Flekkefjord Vest-Agder 1842 8,918
Florø Flora Sogn og Fjordane 1860 8,296
Fredrikstad Fredrikstad Østfold 1567 75,583
Gjøvik Gjøvik Oppland 1861 27,500
Grimstad Grimstad Aust-Agder 1816 19,809
Halden[6] Halden Østfold 1665 28,063
Hamar Hamar Hedmark 1248 31,593
Hammerfest Hammerfest Finnmark 1789 9,261
Harstad Harstad Troms 1904 23,242
Haugesund Haugesund Rogaland 1854 31,738
Holmestrand Holmestrand Vestfold 1752 9,515
Horten Horten Vestfold 1858 24,671
Hønefoss Ringerike Buskerud 1852 13,930
Kongsberg Kongsberg Buskerud 1624 23,997
Kongsvinger Kongsvinger Hedmark 1854 17,380
Kristiansand Kristiansand Vest-Agder 1641 90,562
Kristiansund Kristiansund Møre og Romsdal 1742 22,661
Larvik Larvik Vestfold 1671 41,221
Lillehammer Lillehammer Oppland 1842 25,070
Mandal Mandal Vest-Agder 1921 13,840
Molde Molde Møre og Romsdal 1742 24,421
Moss Moss Østfold 1720 28,800
Namsos Namsos Nord-Trøndelag 1845 12,426
Narvik Narvik Nordland 1902 18,512
Notodden Notodden Telemark 1913 12,359
Oslo Oslo Oslo 1000 613,285
Porsgrunn Porsgrunn Telemark 1842 33,550
Risør Risør Aust-Agder 1630 6,938
Sandefjord Sandefjord Vestfold 1845 42,333
Sandnes Sandnes Rogaland 1860 63,032
Sarpsborg Sarpsborg Østfold 1016 50,115
Skien Skien Telemark 1000 72,537
Stavanger Stavanger Rogaland 1125 127,506
Steinkjer Steinkjer Nord-Trøndelag 1857 20,672
Tromsø Tromsø Troms 1794 64,782
Trondheim Trondheim Sør-Trøndelag 997 176,348
Tønsberg Tønsberg Vestfold 871 38,914
Vadsø Vadsø Finnmark 1833 6,187
Vardø Vardø Finnmark 1789 2,396
Ålesund Ålesund Møre og Romsdal 1848 41,385

City status since after 1996

City Municipality County Town status Population
Alta Alta Finnmark 1999 17,440
Askim Askim Østfold 1996 14,703
Brekstad Ørland Sør-Trøndelag 2005 1,865
Brevik Porsgrunn Telemark 1845-1963
later regained
2,700
Brumunddal Ringsaker Hedmark 2010 8,890
Bryne Time Rogaland 2001 9,627
Brønnøysund Brønnøy Nordland 1923-1963
regained 2000
5,000
Drøbak Frogn Akershus 1842-1961
regained 2006
13,358
Elverum Elverum Hedmark 1996 18,992
Fagernes Nord-Aurdal Oppland 2007 1,762
Fauske Fauske Nordland 1998 6,000
Finnsnes Lenvik Troms 2000 5,500
Fosnavåg Herøy Møre og Romsdal 2000 3,598
Førde Førde Sogn og Fjordane 1997 9,248
Hokksund Øvre Eiker Buskerud 2002 8,000
Honningsvåg Nordkapp Finnmark 1996 2,575
Jørpeland Strand Rogaland 1998 6,168
Kirkenes Sør-Varanger Finnmark 1998 6,000
Kolvereid Nærøy Nord-Trøndelag 2002 1,448
Kopervik Karmøy Rogaland 1866-1964
regained 1996
9,000
Kragerø Kragerø Telemark 1666-1959
later regained
10,505
Langesund Bamble Telemark 1765-1963
regained 1997
5,500
Leirvik Stord Hordaland 1997 11,342
Leknes Vestvågøy Nordland 2002 10,764
Levanger Levanger Nord-Trøndelag 1836-1961
later regained
18,355
Lillesand Lillesand Aust-Agder 1830-1961
later regained
8,952
Lillestrøm Skedsmo Akershus 1997 14,000
Lyngdal Lyngdal Vest-Agder 2001 7,216
Mo i Rana Rana Nordland 1923-1963
later regained
17,750
Mosjøen Vefsn Nordland 1875-1961
later regained
10,000
Mysen Eidsberg Østfold 1996 6,084
Måløy Vågsøy Sogn og Fjordane 2004 3,003
Odda Odda Hordaland 2004 7,468
Otta Sel Oppland 2000 2,750
Rjukan Tinn Telemark 1996 3,386
Sandnessjøen Alstahaug Nordland 1999 5,716
Sandvika Bærum Akershus 2003 108,144
Sauda Sauda Rogaland 1999 4,878
Ski Ski Akershus 2004 26,588
Skudeneshavn Karmøy Rogaland 1857-1964
later regained
5,000
Sortland Sortland Nordland 1997 9,509
Stathelle Bamble Telemark 1774-1963
regained 1997
8,000
Stavern[7] Larvik Vestfold 1946-1988
regained 1999
3,000
Stjørdalshalsen Stjørdal Nord-Trøndelag 1997 21,659
Tananger[8] Sola Rogaland 2009 5,000
Ulsteinvik Ulstein Møre og Romsdal 2000 5,156
Verdalsøra Verdal Nord-Trøndelag 1998 7,396
Åkrehamn Karmøy Rogaland 2002 10,070
Åndalsnes Rauma Møre og Romsdal 1996 3,000

Former towns

City Municipality County Town status
Holmsbu Hurum Buskerud 1847–1964
Hvitsten Vestby Akershus 1837–1964
Hølen Vestby Akershus 1837–1943
Røros[9] Røros Sør-Trøndelag 1683-
Setermoen Bardu Troms 1999
(later rejected)
Sogndal Sokndal Rogaland 1798–1944
Son Vestby Akershus 1604-1963
Åsgårdstrand Horten Vestfold 1650-1964

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