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  • Building statistics

    Seasonally-adjusted figures for building start permits show a 2 per cent increase in dwelling permits from January to February.

  • Sickness absence

    Sickness absence adjusted for seasonal and influenza variations was 6.4 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2016; a small increase from 6.3 per cent from the last quarter.

  • Norwegian economy

    Economic Survey 1-2017

    As a consequence of the fall in demand from the petroleum industry, the Norwegian economy has been in a clear cyclical downturn since the autumn of 2014. However, there are signs that the decline is coming to an end, and our projections indicate a cautious economic upturn through 2017.

  • Export of salmon

    In the period from 13 March – 19 March the export price of fresh salmon came to NOK 61.98 per kilo. This is an increase of 6.2 per cent compared to the previous seven-day period.

  • Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figures

    The seasonally adjusted unemployment decreased by 0.6 percentage points from October 2016 to January 2017, to 4.2 per cent. The decrease happened mainly among those over the age of 24.

  • Employment, register-based

    Between the 4th quarter of 2015 and the 4th quarter of 2016 the number of employed persons in the county of Rogaland decreased by 2.2 per cent. Of all the counties, the change in employment was largest here. For the country as a whole, the number in employment increased by 0.2 per cent.

  • Cost index for domestic sea transport

    The sub-indices for all types of vessels increased in the 4th quarter of 2016 compared to the previous quarter. Other cargo ships experienced the relatively largest rise among the different types of vessels, increasing by 2.4 per cent from the 3rd quarter of 2016.

  • International reserves and foreign currency liquidity

    The final figures for international reserves and foreign currency liquidity are published monthly in StatBank.

  • Kindergartens

    In 2016, 91 per cent of all children aged 1-5 attended kindergarten.

  • External trade in services

    Exports of services increased from the 3rd quarter to the 4th quarter of 2016, ending at NOK 58 billion. Imports of services increased slightly from the previous quarter, amounting to NOK 61 billion.

  • Sales of petroleum products

    Total sales of petroleum products amounted to 598 million litres, 39 million litres less than in February 2016 which was a leap year. Sales of gasoline decreased by 8 million litres and ended at 78 million litres. Sales of diesel amounted to 244, a decrease of 5 million litres compared to February last year.

  • Price index for new dwellings

    On average, prices for new dwellings have increased by 10.4 per cent in the 4th quarter of 2016 compared to the same quarter in 2015. The increase in prices was highest for multi-dwellings.

  • Red deer hunting

    A total of 37 700 animals were shot during the hunting year 2016/2017, an increase of 4 000 from the previous hunting year. In comparison, the yield of moose hunting was 31 000 animals.

  • Moose hunting

    A total of 30 800 moose were shot during the hunting year 2016/2017; a decrease of 300 animals from the previous hunting year and a decrease of 22 per cent from the record hunting year 1999/2000.

  • Cost index for passenger transport by bus

    Cost index for passenger transport by bus describes the price trends for bus operating costs. The statistics are updated quarterly.

  • Tax accounts

    Total taxes paid to date in 2017 amount to NOK 127 billion. This equals an increase of NOK 208 million compared to the first two months of 2016.

  • Cost index for road goods transport

    The cost index for road goods transport describes price developments in the operating costs for various types of lorries. The statistics are updated monthly.

  • External trade in goods

    The trade surplus in February ended at NOK 23.5 billion and more than doubled against February last year. This was mainly driven by oil and gas prices.

  • Maritime transport

    A total of 44.5 million tonnes of goods were transported to and from the main Norwegian ports in the 4th quarter of 2016, which is 1.6 per cent less than in the 4th quarter of 2015.

     

  • Municipal accounts

    In 2016, local authorities’ tax revenues increased by NOK 14 billion, and contributed to a net operating surplus of 4 per cent of the gross operating revenues. On the other hand, pension liabilities and loan debt per capita increased.

  • County authority accounts

    The consolidated county authorities’ net operating surplus as a percentage of gross operating revenues amounted to 5 per cent in 2016. This was an increase of 0.4 percentage points from the previous year, and is caused by a higher increase in operating revenues compared to the operating expenditures. Higher tax revenues in 2016 contributed significantly to this.

  • KOSTRA - Municipality-State-Reporting

    The key figures in KOSTRA (Municipality-State-Reporting) provide information on most of the municipal and county municipal activities, including economy, schools, health, culture, the environment, social services, public housing, technical services and transport and communication.

  • Export of salmon

    In the period from 6 March – 12 March the export price of fresh salmon came to NOK 58.36 per kilo. This is a decrease of 2 per cent compared to the previous seven-day period.

  • Employment in municipal activities

    The number of employees in the municipal authorities has exceeded half a million, and consists of 507 000 in the 4th quarter of 2016. This is an increase of less than two per cent compared to the 4th quarter of 2015.

  • Travel survey

    Norwegians aged 16–79 took 1.6 million outbound trips with at least one overnight stay during the 4th quarter of 2016; a decrease of 5 per cent compared with the 4th quarter of 2015.

  • Road traffic accidents involving personal injury

    In February 2017, 6 persons were killed on Norwegian roads according to preliminary figures. In February 2016, the corresponding figure was 10.

  • Construction cost index for plumbing works in office and commercial buildings

    The construction costs of plumbing works in office and commercial buildings increased by 0.7 per cent from January to February 2017.

  • Upper secondary education

    Men and women differ in their choice of upper secondary education. Women outnumber men in general study programmes, while men dominate in vocational programmes. Most pupils attend state schools, but the number of pupils in private schools has doubled since 2001.

  • Financial accounts

    Households’ net lending in 2016 amounted to NOK -32 billion, compared to NOK -12 billion in 2015. The decrease can be explained by higher borrowing and lower investments in deposits, but also lower investments in unlisted shares and loans to corporations.

  • Health accounts

    Preliminary figures show that Norway’s current health expenditure was NOK 326 billion in 2016. Measured per capita, the health expenditure is about NOK 62 000; an increase of NOK 2 000 from 2015.

  • Adult education, accredited web-based schools

    In the autumn of 2016, there were slightly less than 12 000 participants in web-based schools. The share of women participating in web-based courses has been increasing slightly over the past years, and in 2016, the share of female participants in web-based education was 69 per cent.

  • Price index of first-hand domestic sales

    Price index of first-hand domestic sales (PIF) increased by 0.9 per cent from January to February. The price rise was mainly caused by natural gas and electricity, the latter up 1.5 per cent. In February, electricity prices were 30 per cent higher than the same month last year. Higher prices on fish as well as cereals and cereal preparations also pulled PIF upwards.

  • Producer price index for oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and electricity

    The PPI went up by 2.7 per cent from January to February. Prices rose within several of the important export industries including fish, metals and refined petroleum. However, the most important contributor for the rise in the PPI was an increase in the price of natural gas.

  • Construction cost index for residential buildings

    The construction costs of residential buildings increased by 0,3 per cent from January to February this year. Labour costs rose by 0.2 in the same period.

  • Consumer price index

    The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 0.4 per cent from January 2017 to February 2017. The year-to-year growth in the CPI was 2.5 per cent in February, down 0.3 percentage points from January.

  • Harmonized index of consumer prices

    The harmonized index of consumer prices (HICP) for Norway was 105.0 (2015=100) in February, up 0.5 percent from January. The year-to-year growth was 2.7 in February, down 0.2 percentage points since January.

  • Statistics on alcohol sales

    The registered turnover of pure alcohol was about 25.8 million litres in 2016. This is equivalent to an increase of 537 000 litres, or 2.1 per cent compared with 2015. The turnover of beer, wine and alco pops increased, while the turnover of spirits decreased.

  • Births

    A total of 58 900 children were born in 2016, almost the same as 2015. This gives a total fertility rate (TRF) for women of 1.71, a decline compared with 2015. In 2009, the total fertility rate was 1.98. Since then, the fertility rate has declined.

  • Deaths

    From 2015 to 2016, the life expectancy at birth for men increased by 0.25 years, while the increase for women was just 0.02 years. Men can expect to live 80.6 years on average and women 84.2 years. The gender gap is now 3.6 years.

  • Export of salmon

    In the period from 27 February – 5 March the export price of fresh salmon came to NOK 59.55 per kilo. This is a decrease of 5.8 per cent compared to the previous seven-day period.

  • Interest rates in banks and mortgage companies

    The interest rate on new mortgage loans increased by 0.03 percentage points 2.49 per cent in January 2017. The interest rate on outstanding loans increased by 0.07 percentage points to 2.56 per cent.

  • Board and management in limited companies

    The proportion of female board representatives of limited companies has not changed in recent years. Two out of ten board representatives in private limited companies are women, and the corresponding figure in public limited companies is four out of ten.

  • Key figures for listed enterprises

    The operating profit margin for listed enterprises rose 1.4 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to 1.7 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016. This was however 6 per cent lower than in the third quarter of 2016.

  • Cross border trade

    Norwegians spent NOK 13.8 billion on cross border trade on day trips in 2016. This is a 2 per cent decrease compared with 2015.

  • International reserves and foreign currency liquidity

    The preliminary figures for international reserves and foreign currency liquidity are published monthly in StatBank .

  • Index of industrial production

    Norwegian manufacturing output went up 1.8 per cent from November 2016 to January 2017 compared to the previous three-month period, according to seasonally-adjusted figures. On a monthly basis, from December 2016 to January 2017, manufacturing output saw a small growth of 0.2 per cent.

  • Turnover in oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and electricity supply

    Seasonally-adjusted figures showed that the total turnover in Norwegian manufacturing increased by 0.4 per cent from November 2016 to January 2017 compared to the previous three-month period. A growth of 3.4 per cent is also recorded from December 2016 to January 2017.

  • Offences investigated

    The police and the Prosecution authority completed the investigation of more than 329 000 offences in 2015. This is 5.8 per cent fewer than the year before. Over the past few years, there has been a large reduction in the number of people charged under the age of 30 years, a trend that continued in 2015.

  • Offences reported to the police

    In 2016, 336 500 offences were reported to the police. This was 4.3 per cent fewer than the year before, and a decline of as much as 9.6 per cent from 2014. If we factor in the population growth, this level of reported offences is by far the lowest in the 24 years of these statistics.

  • Index of labour costs

    Preliminary figures for total labour costs in manufacturing show a 1.9 per cent increase from the third quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of 2016. The index shows a 2.4 per cent increase from the fourth quarter of 2015.

  • Area of land and fresh water

    The figures for land cover by basic statistical unit, municipality and county are updated in the StatBank.

  • Electricity

    The electricity statistics are published monthly. Electricity figures for January are now available in the Statbank.

  • Banks and mortgage companies

    The balance sheet for banks, mortgage companies and State lending institutions are published monthly in StatBank. For finance companies, lending is published monthly, and the balance sheet is published for March, June, September and December.

  • Retail sales, investment statistics

    Retail sales, investment statistics are published quarterly.

  • Income and deductions for companies

    Taxable corporate income rose 6 per cent from 2014 to NOK 254 billion in 2015.

  • International reserves and foreign currency liquidity

    The final figures for international reserves and foreign currency liquidity are published monthly in StatBank.

     

  • Index of retail sales

    The seasonally-adjusted volume index of retail sales increased by 1.4 per cent from December last year to January this year. This follows a decrease of more than 2 per cent from November to December last year.

  • Index of household consumption of goods

    Household consumption of goods rose 0.4 per cent from December to January, according to seasonally adjusted figures.

  • Population and population changes

    At the turn of the year, the population totalled 5 258 000, which is a growth of 44 300 in 2016. This growth was lower than in previous years, particularly because of higher emigration. Among those who immigrated, the largest group were from Syria.

  • Immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents

    At the beginning of 2017, there were 725 000 immigrants and 159 000 Norwegian-born to immigrant parents in Norway. The highest relative growth in 2016 was among immigrants from Syria.

  • Annual non-financial sector accounts, national accounts

    The annual national accounts have now been updated with preliminary figures for 2016.

  • Quarterly non-financial sector accounts, national accounts

    Disposable income in households increased by 0.6 per cent from the previous quarter according to seasonally-adjusted figures. Consumption increased more, thus leading to lower savings in the same period.

  • Export of salmon

    In the period from 20 February – 26 February the export price of fresh salmon came to NOK 63.20 per kilo. This is a small decrease of 1.4 per cent compared to the previous seven-day period.

  • International reserves and foreign currency liquidity

    The final figures for international reserves and foreign currency liquidity are published monthly in  StatBank .

  • Balance of payments

    The current account balance ended at NOK 59 billion in the 4th quarter of 2016, up NOK 40 billion from the previous quarter. The goods and services balance ended at NOK 33 billion, while net income and current transfers ended at NOK 27 billion.

  • Foreign assets and liabilities

    Norwegian foreign net assets increased between the 3rd quarter of 2016 and the 4th quarter of 2016 by NOK 380 billion. Net assets ended at NOK 6 315 billion after the 4th quarter of 2016. After a small decrease in net assets in the 3rd quarter, they increased again in the year’s last quarter.

  • Accounting statistics, non-financial enterprises foreign financing

    Current liabilities of Norwegian non-financial enterprises in the fourth quarter were NOK 132 billion lower than in the previous quarter. Compared to the equivalent quarter the previous year, there was a decrease of NOK 92 billion.

  • The credit indicator C3

    The twelve-month growth in total gross debt (C3) was 2.6 per cent to end-December 2016, up from 2.3 per cent the previous month. The increase stemmed from foreign debt sources.

  • The credit indicator C2

    The twelve-month growth in the credit indicator C2 was 5.1 per cent to end-January, up from 4.9 per cent the previous month.

  • Monetary aggregates

    The twelve-month growth in the monetary aggregate M3 was 6.5 per cent to end-January, up from 5.4 per cent the previous month. Households’ growth in M3 was 3.2 per cent to end-January, down from 4.1 per cent the previous month.

  • Wage index

    Preliminary figures for average basic salaries for full-time employees in manufacturing show a 0.1 per cent increase between the 3rd quarter of 2016 and the 4th quarter of 2016.

  • General government, revenue and expenditure

    General government surplus is estimated at NOK 97 billion in 2016. This just over half of the 2015 surplus, and is mainly due to a decline in petroleum revenues.

  • Electricity prices

    The average price of electricity for households in 2016, excluding taxes and grid rent, was 31.6 øre per kWh. This is 18 per cent higher than in 2015.

  • General government, revenue and expenditure

    The general government’s surplus in the 4th quarter of 2016 is estimated at NOK 6 billion. For all quarters in 2016 combined, the surplus amounts to NOK 97 billion – a decrease of almost 50 per cent compared to 2015.

  • Securities

    During the fourth quarter of 2016, the value of listed shares registered with the Norwegian Central Securities Depository increased in value by 11.5 per cent. 2016 was a good year for the stock market, with rising prices in three out of four quarters.

  • Investments in oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and electricity supply

    The companies estimate higher investments for 2017 within oil and gas, manufacturing, mining and quarrying, and electricity compared with estimates given in the previous measurement. Estimates have been adjusted upwards in manufacturing, electricity supply and oil and gas.

  • Building statistics

    Seasonally-adjusted figures for building start permits show a 13 per cent decrease in dwelling permits from December 2016 to January 2017.

  • Marriages and divorces

    In 2016, 22 500 couples married. This is the lowest number since 2006.

  • Population and population changes

    The population of Norway reached 5 258 000 at the start of the year. The number of foreign citizens grew by 21 000 in 2016 to 559 000 on 1 January 2017.

  • Export of salmon

    In the period from 13 February – 19 February the export price of fresh salmon came to NOK 64.08 per kilo. This is a small decrease of 1.4 per cent compared to the previous seven-day period.

  • Labour force survey, seasonally-adjusted figures

    The labour force, the sum of employed and unemployed, decreased by 34 000 persons from September to December 2016. The seasonally adjusted number of employed persons decreased by 22 000. In the same period, the unemployment decreased by 12 000.

  • Mutual funds, quarterly figures

    Total share capital of mutual funds registered in Norway increased by NOK 35.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2016. The share capital of equity funds saw a particular increase, rising by NOK 45.6 billion.

  • Building stock

    The building stock increased by fewer than 28 000 buildings in 2016. Akershus county accounted for the largest share of net growth, with 11 per cent.

  • Construction, new orders

    The value of company reserves of new residential building projects rose by 76 per cent between the 4th quarter of 2015 and the 4th quarter of 2016. At the end of the quarter, the enterprises’ new housing project reserves were 40 per cent higher than the previous year.

  • The Internet survey

    There are 1 965 000 private broadband subscriptions with fixed access in Norway. The median value of private broadband speed is 28 Mbit/s.

  • Sample survey of agriculture and forestry

    In the period 1 August 2015–31 July 2016, work input in agriculture amounted to 44 500 man-years, which is a decline of 7 per cent from the previous registration in 2013.

  • Cash flows between Norway and abroad

    Both incoming and outgoing bank settlement flows increased from the third quarter of 2016 to the fourth quarter of 2016.

  • Life and non-life insurance companies, accounts

    Life insurance companies had a decrease in value-adjusted profit of 19 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to the fourth quarter of 2015. This is mainly due to an increase in gross claim payments.

  • Patterns of working time, Labour force survey

    In 2016, 10 per cent of employees worked regularly on Sundays, i.e. at least two Sundays in a four-week-period. In addition, 15 per cent worked on Sundays sometimes. The share of employees working Sundays either regularly or sometimes has been stable at around 25 per cent during the past ten years.

  • Sales of petroleum products

    Total sales of petroleum products amounted to 622 million litres, 12 million litres less than in January 2016. Sales of gasoline decreased by 3 million litres and ended at 83 million litres. Sales of diesel amounted to 252, an increase of 9 million litres compared to January last year.

  • Turnover index for transport, tourism and ICT

    Preliminary figures show that turnover increased for “accommodations and food service activities” in the fourth quarter, as in earlier quarters of 2016.

  • Forest owners' income

    A total of 21 050 personal forest owners achieved a profit from forestry in 2015. Average earnings from forestry for these owners were NOK 41 000, exactly the same as in 2014.

  • Central government debt

    The figures for Central government debt are published quarterly in the  StatBank.

  • Building statistics

    In 2016, building start permits were given for 36 200 dwellings. This is 16 per cent more than in 2015. The number of registered building start permits has not been higher since 2000, when they were first measured.

  • Research and development in the business enterprise sector

    The business sector performed research and development (R&D) to a value of NOK 27.8 billion in 2015; an increase of 12 per cent from 2014. At constant prices, the increase was 9 per cent. This growth is clearly higher than in the EU and the other Nordic countries.

  • Wholesale and retail trade sales statistics

    The turnover in retail sales was almost NOK 387 billion in the first ten months of 2016; an increase of 2.9 per cent from the same period in 2015.

  • Job vacancies

    The number of job vacancies increased by 3.6 per cent from the 4th quarter of 2015 to the 4th quarter of 2016. There was an increase in oil and gas, but from a very low level. Other industries with an increase in job vacancies include construction, as well as information and communication. There was a decrease in domestic trade.

  • Tax accounts

    Total taxes amounted to NOK 89 billion at the end of January 2017, which equals an increase of NOK 3.7 billion, or 4.3 per cent from last year.

  • Cost index for road goods transport

    The cost index for road goods transport describes price developments in the operating costs for various types of lorries. The statistics are updated monthly.

     

  • Road traffic accidents involving personal injury

    In January 2017, 7 persons were killed on Norwegian roads according to preliminary figures. In January 2016, the corresponding figure was 13.

  • Unemployment among immigrants, register-based

    Registered unemployment among immigrants decreased from 7.0 per cent in November 2015 to 6.5 per cent in November 2016, while the unemployment rate was stable at 2.1 per cent within the rest of the population.

  • Export of salmon

    In the period from 6 February – 12 February the export price of fresh salmon came to NOK 64.96 per kilo. This is a decrease of 1.6 per cent compared to the previous seven-day period.

  • Construction turnover

    The turnover in the construction industry was NOK 83.5 billion in the 5th period of 2016. This corresponds to a growth of 5.7 per cent compared to the same period in 2015.

  • External trade in goods

    The trade surplus was NOK 25.0 billion in January 2017, an increase of 48.1 per cent from the same month last year. There was a strong growth in exports of oil of 81.8 per cent, while the export of natural gas was up 16.5 per cent. Imports of goods came to NOK 48.8 billion.

  • Water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities, turnover

    The turnover in water supply, sewerage, waste management and remediation activities was NOK 4.6 billion in September and October 2016. This is an increase of 3.2 per cent compared with the corresponding period in 2015.

  • Norwegian-controlled enterprises abroad

    In 2015, Norwegian companies controlled 4 513 enterprises abroad, across 124 countries. These enterprises had a turnover of NOK 1 280 billion and employed 280 275 persons. Compared to 2015, this was a 4.9 per cent increase in turnover. Seventy per cent of Norwegian-controlled enterprises are located in Europe.

  • Interest rates in banks and mortgage companies

    The interest rate margin on new mortgage loans to households increased by 0.02 percentage points in December to 2.46 per cent. The interest rate on outstanding mortgage loans was almost stable at 2.49 per cent. The interest rate on other repayments to non-financial companies’ loans increased by 0.18 percentage points on new loans and by 0.06 percentage points on outstanding loans.

  • Price indices for information and communication

    From the third quarter to the fourth quarter of 2016, prices of computer consultancy services increased by 0.3 per cent. The prices increased by 2.3 per cent from the fourth quarter of 2015 to the fourth quarter of 2016. Annual price growth was 1.6 per cent from 2015 to 2016.

  • Transport and storage, price indices

    Prices in the industry group «Freight transport by road» were 0.2 per cent higher in the 4th quarter of 2016 than the same quarter in the previous year. Compared to the 3rd quarter, prices fell 0.7 per cent.

  • Farmers' income and property

    On average, entrepreneurial income from agriculture for farmers amounted to NOK 192 000 in 2015. This represents an increase of NOK 18 000, or 10 per cent, from the previous year. The gross income averaged NOK 642 000. Entrepreneurial income from agriculture amounted to 30 per cent of the gross income in 2015.

  • Banks and mortgage companies

    Norwegian banks’ pre-tax profit amounted to NOK 54.3 billion in 2016. This is an increase of NOK 5.2 billion from 2015.

  • Accommodation

    There were 22.6 million guest nights in 2016, an increase of 4 per cent compared with 2015.

  • Air transport

    There were 54.7 million airport passengers in 2016; an increase of 0.5 per cent compared to 2015. The increase took place in the first half of the year, while in the second half the number of passengers was stable.

  • Business activities and support service activities, turnover index

    Seasonally-adjusted turnover within professional, scientific and technical activities, as well as administrative and support service activities decreased by 1.8 per cent and 0.4 per cent respectively from the 3rd quarter of 2016 to the 4th quarter of 2016.

  • Business activities, price indices

    From the 4th quarter of 2015 to the 4th quarter of 2016, the prices for advertising activities increased by 2.9 per cent. Compared to the previous quarter, the prices increased by 0.4 per cent.

  • Carriage of goods by lorry across national border

    Norwegian lorries transported 4.3 million tonnes goods across the national border in 2016. The foreign-registered lorries transported 9.0 million tonnes; 2.4 million transported of that by Polish lorries and lorries from the Baltics countries.

  • Enterprises

    A total of 14 429 new enterprises were registered in the fourth quarter of 2016. This is an increase of 1.2 per cent compared with the same period in 2015. Most of the new enterprises were registered in Oslo and Akershus.