Arable land (1:5.000)


The national land resource database (AR) classifies the land cover of mainland Norway according to its suitability for agriculture and natural plant production. National land resource datasets are available at scale 1:5.000 (AR5), 1:50.000 (AR50) and 1:250.000 (AR250). Arable land is a valid land resource attribute for certain classes of land types derived from the dataset AR5. These land types are pasture, forest, open land and marshland (peat bog). The land types have to fulfill requirements for soil quality and climate for plant production. Features in the dataset Arable land are continuous areas with the same attributes assigned according to the classification criteria of AR5 with a geometric representation as polygons. The dataset is updated annually.

Specific usage

Arable land data is used in land use planning and farm management at local, regional and national level.


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Contact information

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Contact metadata:
Ingvild Nystuen, – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

Contact owner:
Jostein Frydenlund, – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research

Contact publisher:
Ingvild Nystuen, – Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research


Spatial representation: Vector

  • SOSI 4.5
  • GML 3.0

Distribution type: External download site

Units of distribution: Municipality, County

Reference systems:
  • EUREF89 UTM sone 32, 2d
  • EUREF89 UTM sone 33, 2d
  • EUREF89 UTM sone 35, 2d


Use limitations: Ingen begrensninger på bruk er oppgitt.

Access constraints: Norway digitalt restricted

Use constraints: License

Other constraints: Geovekst

Licence: Norge digitalt-lisens

Security constraints: Unclassified


Arable land data are updated annually with data on from the land resource map in scale 1:5.000. This ensures that arable land are an attribute to current pasture, forest, open land and peat bog and not an attribute to previous land types of these sorts.

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