Strong growth in expenses has stopped
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After several years of strong growth in government expenses on Svalbard the expenses dropped by 6 per cent from 2014 to 2015.

Public sector on Svalbard


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Key figures

14.8 %

percentage employed in central government

Share of total employment per sector (per cent), Svalbard
Share of total employment on Svalbard
Central government (incl. social security funds)13.414.8
County authority0.00.0
Enterprises owned by central government31.024.5
Enterprises owned by local government0.00.2
Private sector43.745.7

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Table 1 
Share of total employment, Svalbard and national scale

Share of total employment, Svalbard and national scale
Share of total employment on SvalbardShare of total employment on a national scaleShare of total employment on SvalbardShare of total employment on a national scale
Central government (incl. social security funds)13.410.714.811.1
County authority0.
Enterprises owned by central government31.
Enterprises owned by local government0.
Private sector43.765.945.764.8

Table 2 
Revenue and expenditure regarding administration of Svalbard (NOK million)

Revenue and expenditure regarding administration of Svalbard (NOK million)
TOTAL REVENUE2792349-1 058185
Taxes2385338-1 069175
Other revenue47111211
Governor of Svalbard2026344650
Public Construction and Property Management (Statsbygg)1018222421
Other central governmental activities1013141619
Transport services of the Governor of Svalbard456473155170
Transfers to Longyearbyen local government06794193169
Other expenditure117131616
SURPLUS-69-10298-1 508-260

Table 3 
Revenue and expenditure of central government outside The Svalbard budget.

Revenue and expenditure of central government outside The Svalbard budget.
Public Construction and Property Management (Statsbygg)16515962
Other revenue0000
The Research Council of Norway + Research fund14207575
Primary and lower secondary schools + kindergartens71000
Norwegian Meteorological Institute11141715
Norwegian Polar Institute517991104
Polar research and environmental monitoring12141414
Norwegian Mapping Authority9238547
Svalbard airport0000
Transfers to public health service on Svalbard21243233
Transfers to Kings Bay AS1315280
Transfers to Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani AS0000
Transfers to Svalbard Samfunnsdrift AS0000
University of Svalbard7890118122
Other expenditure18122420

About the statistics

The statistics show the state's income and expenses in Svalbard. In addition, the scope of public employment is shown both in Svalbard and at domestic level.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

General government

General government consists of central and local authorities and other non-commercial units that carry out a range of public tasks. Costs are covered through governmental allocations.

Public corporations

Enterprises owned by the central government, local authorities and county authorities where costs are covered through commercial activity.

Public sector

The public sector consists of the public corporations and general government.

Standard classifications

The population is based on the Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises and includes units classified as sub-sections of the public sector. Expenditure figures are based on government accounts, and employment figures are based on Statistics Norway's employment statistics.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Public sector on Svalbard
Topic: Public sector

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Responsible division

Division for Public Finance

Regional level

Svalbard. The national scale is sometimes used as a basis for comparisons.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting



Collected data is stored by the Division for public finance. It is only used for the publication of statistics.


Background and purpose

The purpose of this publication is to provide information and to increase knowledge about Svalbard and in particular the characteristics of the public sector in this archipelago. The first article was published in November 2012.

Users and applications

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Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

The publication has a connection to many of the statistics related to Svalbard. It also has a connection to other public finance and employment statistics.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act, § 2-2 and § 3-2

EEA reference




The population is limited to cover Svalbard. The national scale is used for comparisons of employment figures. The statistics cover employment, revenue and expenditure.

Data sources and sampling

Employment figures are based on publications and raw data from Statistics Norway. Revenue and expenditure figures are based on the central government's fiscal account and the Svalbard account.

These statistics are derived from the whole population.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Employment figures are calculated on the basis of data gathered for other statistics. Revenue and expenditure figures are based on publicly available data from the central government’s fiscal account.

Figures are checked against the source data and tested for reasonableness.

Some aggregations and calculations of percentages are made.

Seasonal adjustment

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All source data is publicly available.

Comparability over time and space

The time series for expenditure is based on sources that have been consistent over the period covered by the statistics. The time series for employment is relatively short and the data sources are consistent.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The publication is based on publicly available data that is expected to be of a high quality.

There is some uncertainty regarding some of the expenditure figures from sources outside the Svalbard account.

No other sources of error have been identified.


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