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Norwegian provinces since 2020

The Fylke (plural Bokmål fylker , Nynorsk fylke ) is the Norwegian name for the provinces (administrative districts) of Norway . Until 1919 they were called amt following the Danish-Norwegian tradition (plural: amter ). While Fylke denotes the geographical unit, the associated political unit is called Fylkeskommune .

As of January 1, 2020, Norway consists of 11 provinces and 356 municipalities. The Spitzbergen archipelago ( Svalbard ) forms a special territory. The provinces are traditionally grouped into five parts of the country ( landsdeler ), as statistical regional planning units in seven elements of the NUTS 2 level, see NUTS: NO .

Tasks and organization

The most important tasks of a Fylkeskommune include the construction and maintenance of provincial roads ( fylkesveier, fylkesvegar ), planning and financing of local public transport, further training, public health, monument protection, cultural offers, regional development as well as property management and exploitation.

Since 1975 a parliament, the Fylkesting , has been elected in every county council. In Oslo , the local parliament (Bystyre) also takes on the tasks of fylkesting. Fylkesting elections take place every four years and are linked to local elections.

The political organs in the county correspond to those of the municipalities:

Fylke German Oslo German Commune German
Fylkesting “District Day; Provincial Assembly " Bystyrene "City Assembly" Kommunestyre, Bystyre “Community representation ; Local assembly "
Fylkesutvalg (Proporz)
Fylkesråd (majority principle)
"District committee, board"
"District council"
"City Council"
Byråd or Kommuneråd
"Main Committee; Municipal Board "
" City Council "
Fylkesordfører "District Head" Ordfører mayor Ordfører mayor
Fylkesmann "District President; Kgl. District Administrator " Fylkesmann s. Left - -
Fylkesrådmann Head of administration - - Rådmann, Administrasjonssjef Head of administration

In some provinces the city council posts (departments) are distributed according to the parliamentary majority principle, in others according to proportional representation .

Provincial taxes have been levied within the legal framework since 1977.

Each district also serves as an administrative district for central government administrative and service tasks. At the head of this administration is the Fylkesmann 'district president' . He is appointed by the Norwegian government. Until 1919 his title was Amtmann (norw.).

Territorial reforms

Spitzbergen Jan Mayen Østfold Vestfold Oslo Akershus Telemark Aust-Agder Vest-Agder Rogaland Hordaland Buskerud Hedmark Oppland Sogn og Fjordane Møre og Romsdal Trøndelag Trøndelag Nordland Troms Finnmark Estland Lettland Dänemark Finnland Schweden Schweden Russland
Administrative division of Norway (2017)

Fylke Bergen was dissolved in 1972 and merged into Fylke Hordaland .

A further reform of the regional structures has been discussed since 2004 in order to adapt the administrative units to economic requirements and demographic developments. A commission had proposed a division into seven regions, with the Oslo capital region to be expanded. In the north of the country, the provinces of Nordland , Troms and Finnmark were to be merged. In Central Norway , Fylke Trøndelag was rebuilt on January 1st, 2018 from the former Fylke Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag . There was also the view that there should be no middle administrative level between the state and municipalities at all, which would involve a complete dissolution of the provinces.

On June 8, 2017, the Storting decided on the following mergers on January 1, 2020 at the proposal of the government:

At the same time, the number of municipalities fell from 422 to 356.

Administrative division after the reorganization 2020

Population figures as of February 27, 2020

ISO 3166-2 Coat of arms and name Administrative headquarters Residents Area
Number of
Standard language
( Bokmål , Nynorsk , neutral)
Part of the country
NO-03 Oslo Komm.svg Oslo Oslo 693.494 454.12 1 neutral Østlandet
NO-11 Rogaland våpen.svg Rogaland Stavanger 479,892 9377.10 23 neutral Vestlandet
NO-15 Møre og Romsdal våpen.svg Møre and Romsdal Molde 265,238 14,355.62 26th Nynorsk Vestlandet
NO-18 Nordland våpen.svg North country Bodø 241,235 38,154.62 41 neutral North Norge
NO-30 Viken våpen.svg Viken Oslo , Drammen , Sarpsborg 1,241,165 24,592.59 51 Østlandet
NO-34 Innlandet våpen.svg Domestic Hamar and Lillehammer 371.385 52,072.44 46 Østlandet
NO-38 Vestfold and Telemark våpen.svg Vestfold and Telemark Skien and Tønsberg 419.396 17,465.92 23 Østlandet
NO-42 Agder våpen.svg Agder Kristiansand and Arendal 307.231 16,434.12 25th Sørlandet
NO-46 Vestland våpen.svg Vestland Bergen and Leikanger 636.531 33,870.99 43 Nynorsk Vestlandet
NO-50 Trøndelag våpen.svg Trøndelag
( South Sami : Tröndelage )
Steinkjer 468.702 42,201.59 38 neutral Trøndelag
NO-54 Coat of arms of Finnmark county and Troms county.svg Troms and Finnmark

( Northern Sami : Romsa yes Finnmárku ,
kvenisch Tromssa yes Finmarkku )

Tromsø and Vadsø 243.311 74,829.68 39 North Norge
NO-21 Logo of the Governor of Svalbard.svg Svalbard Longyearbyen 2,379
(July 1, 2019)

The italic ISO codes are not yet official and are derived from the municipality numbers used in Norway.

Administrative division before 2020

Below is a list of the Norwegian provinces including the Spitzbergen archipelago (Svalbard) with population figures as of February 27, 2020. The number 13 denotes the province of Bergen, geographically identical to the city of Bergen . This province was dissolved in 1972 and Bergen was added to the Fylke Hordaland .

Administrative structure 2017 to 2020
Administrative structure 1972 to 2017
ISO 3166-2 Fylke main place Residents
(January 1, 2019)
Number of
Part of the country from 2020 part of
NO-01 Østfold våpen.svg Østfold Sarpsborg 297,520 4,182 18th Østlandet Viken
NO-02 Akershus våpen.svg Akershus Oslo 624.055 4,918 22nd Østlandet Viken
NO-03 Oslo Komm.svg Oslo Oslo 681.071 454 1 Østlandet unchanged
NO-04 Hedmark våpen.svg Hedmark Hamar 197,406 27,398 22nd Østlandet Domestic
NO-05 Oppland våpen.svg Oppland Lillehammer 189,545 25,190 26th Østlandet Domestic
NO-06 Buskerud våpen.svg Buskerud Drammen 283.148 14,911 21st Østlandet Viken
NO-07 Vestfold våpen.svg Vestfold Tonsberg 251.078 2.224 14th Østlandet Vestfold and Telemark
NO-08 Telemark våpen.svg Telemark Skien 173.318 15,299 18th Østlandet Vestfold and Telemark
NO-09 Aust-Agder våpen.svg Aust-Agder Arendal 117,655 9,158 15th Sørlandet Agder
NO-10 Vest-Agder våpen.svg Vest-Agder Kristiansand 187,589 7,276 15th Sørlandet Agder
NO-11 Rogaland våpen.svg Rogaland Stavanger 475,654 9,376 26th Vestlandet unchanged
NO-12 Hordaland våpen.svg Hordaland Mountains 524,495 15,440 33 Vestlandet Vestland
NO-14 Sogn and Fjordane våpen.svg Sogn and Fjordane Hermansverk 109,774 18,623 26th Vestlandet Vestland
NO-15 Møre og Romsdal våpen.svg Møre and Romsdal Molde 266,544 14,468 35 Vestlandet unchanged
NO-18 Nordland våpen.svg North country Bodø 242.126 38,460 44 North Norge unchanged
NO-19 Troms våpen.svg Troms Tromso 167.202 25,869 24 North Norge Troms and Finnmark
NO-20 Finnmark våpen.svg Finnmark Vadsø 75,865 48,616 19th North Norge Troms and Finnmark
NO-50 Nord-Trøndelag våpen.svg Trøndelag Steinkjer 464.060 44,373 48 Trøndelag unchanged
NO-21 Logo of the Governor of Svalbard.svg Svalbard Longyearbyen 2,637 61,022

On January 1, 2018, Fylke Trøndelag (No. 50) was re-established through the merger of the former Fylken Nord-Trøndelag and Sør-Trøndelag.

ISO 3166-2 Fylke main place Residents (
June 30, 2017)
Number of
Part of the country
NO-16 Sør-Trøndelag våpen.svg Sør-Trøndelag Trondheim 318.359 18,856 25th Trøndelag
NO-17 Nord-Trøndelag våpen.svg North Trøndelag Steinkjer 137,556 22,415 23 Trøndelag


Each area has a so-called area number, which is mainly used for statistical purposes. This two-digit number also makes up the first two digits of the municipality number . The numbers were introduced for the census in 1946, and there were also Fylkes letters, which were used, among other things, for license plates. In addition to the actual Fylkern, Jan Mayen (22) and Svalbard (21) also have Fylkes numbers.

Fylketing elections

The last voting elections took place on September 9, 2019.

Results of local elections in Norway 2019
Political party be right % +/-
Labor Party (Ap) 604.885 24.4 −9.5
Conservatives (H) 509.004 20.3 −3.1
Center Party (Sp) 363.295 14.5 +6.5
Progressive Party (FrP) 215,442 8.6 −1.7
Environment party The Greens (MDG) 189,423 7.6 +2.5
Socialist Left Party (SV) 151.233 6.0 +2.0
Christian People's Party (KrF) 101,663 4.1 −1.5
Red (R) 96,892 3.9 +1.7
Liberals (V) 87,793 3.5 −1.5
Others 182,368 7.3 +4.8
total 2,540,093 100.0
voter turnout 60.5

Web links

Wiktionary: Fylke  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Ole T. Berg, Tore Hansen: fylkeskommune . In: Store norske leksikon . March 20, 2019 ( snl.no [accessed October 3, 2019]).
  2. Only with collegial constitution. If the municipality is organized according to the parliamentary majority principle, the administration rests with the city council.
  3. Nye fylker. regjeringen.no, December 19, 2019, accessed January 5, 2020 (Norwegian).
  4. ^ Area statistics for Norge. December 20, 2019, accessed on January 2, 2020 (Bokmål in Norwegian).
  5. Målvedtak i kommunar and fylkeskommunar. Lovdata , accessed January 5, 2020 (Norwegian).
  6. ^ Resident Svalbard , Statistisk Sentralbyrå, accessed on January 27, 2020
  7. Kartverket: Fylkes- og kommuneoversikt , accessed on January 25, 2020
  8. Svalbard residents as of January 1, 2013 Statistisk Sentralbyrå, accessed on July 15, 2013
  9. Erik Bolstad: fylkesnummer . In: Store norske leksikon . January 13, 2020 ( snl.no [accessed January 28, 2020]).
  10. valgresultat.no