The district is located in the southern part of the city and with a population of more than 40,000 people, it was the second most populated district in Oslo in 2004. In 2004, Nordstrand was merged with two other boroughs, Lambertseter and Ekeberg-Bekkelaget, to form what is today known simply as Nordstrand. In early 2012 the population was 47,696 inhabitants. First and second generation immigrants make up 14.6% of the population, which is the lowest percentage in the entire city.
The district is named after a house named Nordstranden, located at Mosseveien 196.
Nordstrand is one of the wealthiest districts in Oslo, and net incomes, real estate prices, and life expectancy are among the city’s highest. In demographic statistics Oslo is usually divided into an eastern and a western part. As Nordstrand differs significantly from its bordering boroughs, it is often considered as belonging to the western part even though it is geographically located in the eastern part. Solveien, Nordstrand's most famous road, has been one of Oslo's most expensive addresses since the early 20th century. Nordstrand is also known for its beautiful view of the Oslofjord and its long beach.
The district consists of these neighborhoods of Oslo: