Less conversion of productive land


Norwegian municipalities allowed to transfer 13,000 decares of cultivated and cultivable land to non-agricultural use in 2009, a decrease of 13 per cent from the year before.

Cultivated land represented 8,300 decares of the transferred agricultural area, and cultivable land 4,700 decares. The area of cultivated land transferred increased by 400 decares from 2008 to 2009, while the area of cultivable land transferred decreased by 2,400 decares in the same period.

About 27 per cent was transferred to residential area, and 16 per cent to public traffic areas.

About three fourth of the municipalities reported transferring areas under the provision of the Land Act in 2009, as compared to half of the municipalities under The Planning and Building Act. Transferring under the provision of The Planning and Building Act represented 78 per cent of the transferred areas.

Land reclamation

The municipalities permitted land reclamation of 15,200 decares in 2009. The counties Nord-Trøndelag and Hedmark permitted 2,700 and 2,500 decares of the total area of land reclamation, while Nordland permitted 2,000 decares and Rogaland 1,700 decares.

Source: Statistics Norway

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