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34 000 farms depopulated
In 2008, 22 per cent of the agricultural and forestry properties with dwelling were uninhabited. One in four of the uninhabited properties were situated in a municipality with less than 2 500 inhabitants.
A total of nearly 188 000 agricultural and forestry properties are now registered. Seventeen per cent of these properties are situated in a municipality with less than 2 500 inhabitants. Slightly more than 4 per cent of the Norwegian population lives in one of these municipalities, while the corresponding figure for those living on agricultural or forestry properties is 13 per cent. Most of the small municipalities are not centrally situated and therefore more vulnerable to depopulation. Nearly 23 per cent of the depopulated farms are situated in a municipality with less than 2 500 inhabitants.
More than half of the Norwegian population live in a municipality with more than 25 000 inhabitants. These municipalities comprise only 7 per cent of the uninhabited agricultural and forestry properties with dwelling.
On in four properties with agricultural holding
The number of properties and the total agricultural area have not changed very much over time. On the other hand, the number of agricultural properties with an agricultural holding has decreased considerably in recent decades. In 2008, one in four agricultural properties had an agricultural holding.
One in ten lived on an agricultural and forestry property
In 2008, 9 per cent of the inhabitants lived on an agricultural and forestry property. In municipalities with less than 2 500 inhabitants, more than 30 per cent of the inhabitants lived on an agricultural or forestry property. In municipalities with more than 25 000 inhabitants, only 2.4 per cent lived on an agricultural and forestry property.
In the county of Sogn og Fjordane in the western part of Norway, one in four lived on an agricultural and forestry property, while the corresponding figure for the more central counties of Oslo and Akershus was 2.3 per cent.
One in four agricultural and forestry properties with buildings has had building construction activity in the last ten years.
|Number of inhabitants||Number of municipalities|
|Fewer than 2 499||129|
|2 500-4 999||106|
|5 000-9 999||91|
|10 000-24 999||69|
|25 000 and more||35|
The statistics are built on data from several administrative registers, of which the Farm Register is the basis. At the moment, a quality improvement of areas and units in the Farm Register is carried out at municipality level. This results in changes that do not necessarily show the real change from one year to another. Therefore detailed figures at municipality level are not published for 2008.