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35.1 %

of 19-24 year-olds were in higher education in 2016

Students in higher education in Norway and abroad. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent
200620152016
Students in higher education
Total222 975283 115288 989
Males88 705113 833116 528
Females134 270169 282172 461
Proportion 19-24 years in higher education
Total30.634.935.1
Males24.627.928.1
Females36.842.342.6
Proportion 25-29 years in higher education
Total15.715.615.9
Males14.113.714.0
Females17.417.617.8

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Table 1 
Students in higher education in Norway and abroad. Sex and educational institution

Students in higher education in Norway and abroad. Sex and educational institution1
2016
Students
Both sexesMalesFemales
1In recent years, a number of institutions in higher education were merged into larger units.
Educational institutions, total288 989116 528172 461
Nord university11 8544 2337 621
Norwegian University of Life Sciences5 1052 0333 072
Norwegian University of Science and Technology39 46419 62719 837
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway16 0016 6629 339
University of Agder12 5855 1857 400
University of Bergen16 0766 5739 503
University of Oslo27 51310 98116 532
University of Stavanger10 9184 3366 582
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design634292342
MF Norwegian School of Theology1 235465770
BI Norwegian Business School20 53310 08010 453
Molde University College - Specialised University of Logistics2 2878361 451
Norwegian School of Economics3 3851 9981 387
Norwegian School of Sport Sciences1 211607604
Norwegian Academy of Music760379381
VID Specialised University College3 3215052 816
Bergen University College9 0663 2975 769
Buskerud and Vestfold University College10 6653 9116 754
Hedmark University College8 4642 7285 736
Lillehammer University College4 7231 5893 134
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences20 2036 19814 005
Telemark University College7 0972 7954 302
Østfold University College5 8252 1043 721
Stord/Haugesund University College3 3801 1562 224
Sogn og Fjordane University College3 9341 3042 630
Volda University College3 6501 0652 585
Sámi University College17145126
Bjørknes University College1 191261930
Queen Maud University College1 3572011 156
Kristiania University College5 9901 9344 056
Bergen Academy of Art and Design347110237
Oslo National Academy of the Arts539181358
NLA University College2 1487301 418
Norwegian Police University College2 4731 4201 053
Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology1 7911 087704
Military University Colleges3 1652 466699
Other University Colleges4 1661 1962 970
Abroad15 7625 9589 804

Table 2 
Students in higher education in Norway and abroad. Sex and field of education

Students in higher education in Norway and abroad. Sex and field of education
NumbersPer centPer cent
TotalMalesFemales
200620152016200620152016200620152016
1Includes preparatory courses for university or university college education. Includes not preparatory course for engineering education as of 2014.
2A more detailed coding of education abroad makes the numbers less comparable in and between fields of education over time.
Fields of Education
Total222 975283 115288 98939.840.240.360.259.859.7
General programmes11 62937232877.372.372.622.727.727.4
Humanities and arts29 55628 77429 20236.539.139.063.560.961.0
Education30 18541 55443 99626.025.926.774.074.173.3
Social sciences and law232 31936 99037 44039.235.836.360.864.263.7
Business and administration239 47853 70655 56746.144.945.253.955.154.8
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects34 18049 87650 76067.966.666.632.133.433.4
Health, welfare and sport48 82058 54259 31322.822.122.277.277.977.8
Primary industries1 1271 3751 49748.851.151.851.248.948.2
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services2 5949 4688 61373.068.067.127.032.032.9
Unspecified field of study3 0872 4582 27337.235.941.462.864.158.6
 
Students in Norway211 229266 428273 22739.740.240.560.259.859.5
General programmes11 62937232877.372.372.622.727.727.4
Humanities and arts27 43126 52127 17836.639.139.663.560.960.4
Education30 01541 46443 90126.025.926.774.074.173.3
Social sciences and law230 50333 86234 40739.335.837.260.864.262.8
Business and administration237 23050 08152 16545.844.945.253.955.154.8
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects32 95547 92948 71368.466.667.232.133.432.8
Health, welfare and sport44 81853 52254 41721.322.120.977.277.979.1
Primary industries1 0731 3311 46650.551.152.751.248.947.3
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services2 5939 4588 60073.068.067.027.032.033.0
Unspecified field of study2 9821 8882 05237.235.942.562.864.157.5
 
Norwegian students abroad11 74616 68715 76241.736.837.858.363.262.2
General programmes1000......
Humanities and arts2 1252 2532 02434.031.031.666.069.068.4
Education170909524.113.317.975.986.782.1
Social sciences and law1 8163 1283 03337.525.326.162.574.773.9
Business and administration2 2483 6253 40251.245.145.348.854.954.7
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects1 2251 9472 04755.650.153.144.449.946.9
Health, welfare and sport4 0025 0204 89639.337.136.760.762.963.3
Primary industries54443114.89.112.985.290.987.1
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services11013100.080.092.30.020.07.7
Unspecified field of study10557022138.128.131.261.971.968.8

Table 3 
Students in higher education in Norway and abroad. County of residence at the age of 16. Numbers and percentage women

Students in higher education in Norway and abroad. County of residence at the age of 16. Numbers and percentage women
20062016
TotalPercentage womenTotalPercentage women
1The number of unknown can mainly be explained by lack of information on county of residence at the age 16 for students born before 1957.
County of residence at the age of 16
Total222 97560.2288 98959.7
Østfold9 49159.513 20560.1
Akershus21 19957.932 83757.4
Oslo17 01157.725 37255.5
Hedmark7 75861.910 01361.8
Oppland7 71161.49 42362.4
Buskerud9 50260.712 90261.3
Vestfold9 13760.612 71559.0
Telemark7 20262.28 99560.7
Aust-Agder4 72357.86 02258.8
Vest-Agder7 17857.49 45359.9
Rogaland16 86558.723 07160.0
Hordaland19 46160.326 28859.7
Sogn og Fjordane5 65062.46 85662.0
Møre og Romsdal12 25560.114 17061.9
Sør-Trøndelag11 66359.614 43260.9
Nord-Trøndelag6 58161.37 58164.2
Nordland11 90061.713 24262.1
Troms - Romsa7 45062.19 16260.5
Finnmark - Finnmárku3 70664.54 00365.2
Abroad10 62660.716 21062.1
County not stated115 90663.213 03752.0

Table 4 
Students from Norway in higher education abroad. Country of study

Students from Norway in higher education abroad. Country of study
TotalMalesFemales
200620152016200620152016200620152016
Countries of destination
Total11 74616 68715 7624 9006 1435 9586 84610 5449 804
Denmark1 9762 8982 4076989879001 2781 9111 507
Sweden732617559301243224431374335
France252222236888187164141149
Ireland18166845218221294862
Italy20887865331311555655
Netherlands353384431161157180192227251
Poland8561 6011 550412657619444944931
Spain1452582554394101102164154
United Kingdom2 3724 9534 4429651 6171 4781 4073 3362 964
Switzerland1034548411922622626
Germany3242002241247989200121135
Hungary7139961 024277312327436684697
Czech Republic033431401391280195186
Slovak Republic050953402121990297335
Rest of Europe537465515246198227291267288
Africa614339272220342119
Asia14118529379941576291136
Canada1841451538367631017890
USA7751 8561 7794178247963581 032983
Rest of North- and Central America201094431666
South America52131422753069
Australia1 655735715756252260899483455
Rest of Oceania1056449502920553529
Unknown12012

Table 5 
Students in selected education programmes in higher education in Norway. Length of study, immigration category and sex. Numbers and per cent

Students in selected education programmes in higher education in Norway. Length of study, immigration category and sex. Numbers and per cent
2016
NumbersPer cent
TotalImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parentsOther population
Both sexes
3 year degree, bachelor126 9909.94.086.1
Of which
Pre-school-/kindergarten teacher education8 2719.22.688.2
Specific subject and vocational teacher, foundation programme1 4755.80.993.3
Engineering, foundation programme12 56111.34.084.7
Nursing, foundation programme15 20411.52.186.4
 
4 year degree9 6573.21.895.0
Of which
General-/Primary and lower secondary teacher education9 0882.81.895.4
 
5 year degree, master58 88012.62.984.6
Of which
Master of Law5 5424.34.191.6
Master of Pharmacy55635.419.844.8
Master of Odontology69616.214.968.8
Master of Science in Business and Economics3 4807.45.387.2
Master of Technology, Graduate engineering degree11 3548.63.288.3
Master degree, primary and lower secondary teacher education8332.30.497.4
Master degree, teacher training3 7665.03.391.7
 
6 year degree6 0536.64.888.6
Of which
Cand.med. (Medicine)3 6987.36.486.3
Cand.theol.1326.80.892.4
Cand.psychol.1 8004.32.992.8
Cand.med.vet. (Veterinary Science)42310.40.089.6
 
Men
3 year degree, bachelor53 4989.34.686.1
Of which
Pre-school-/kindergarten teacher education1 4089.23.487.4
Specific subject and vocational teacher, foundation programme7925.40.893.8
Engineering, foundation programme9 91110.94.085.1
Nursing, foundation programme1 90219.12.478.5
 
4 year degree2 7913.61.894.6
Of which
General-/Primary and lower secondary teacher education2 4702.81.995.3
 
5 year degree:26 06412.92.984.1
Of which
Master of Law1 9073.63.892.6
Master of Pharmacy12245.99.045.1
Master of Odontology17019.414.166.5
Master of Science in Business and Economics1 9856.15.987.9
Master of Technology, Graduate engineering degree7 6618.73.487.9
Master degree, primary and lower secondary teacher education2581.90.497.7
Master degree, teacher training1 4494.62.593.0
 
6 year degree1 7096.35.388.4
Of which
Cand.med. (Medicine)1 2007.46.885.8
Cand.theol.714.21.494.4
Cand.psychol.3843.42.194.5
Cand.med.vet. (Veterinary Science)543.70.096.3
 
Women
3 year degree, bachelor73 49210.33.786.0
Of which
Pre-school-/kindergarten teacher education6 8639.22.588.4
Specific subject and vocational teacher, foundation programme6836.11.292.7
Engineering, foundation programme2 65013.13.783.2
Nursing, foundation programme13 30210.52.187.5
 
4 year degree6 8663.11.795.2
Of which
General-/Primary and lower secondary teacher education6 6182.81.895.5
 
5 year degree:32 81612.32.884.9
Of which
Master of Law3 6354.74.391.0
Master of Pharmacy43432.522.844.7
Master of Odontology52615.215.269.6
Master of Science in Business and Economics1 4959.24.586.4
Master of Technology, Graduate engineering degree3 6938.22.789.1
Master degree, primary and lower secondary teacher education5752.40.397.2
Master degree, teacher training2 3175.33.890.9
 
6 year degree4 3446.84.688.7
Of which
Cand.med. (Medicine)2 4987.36.286.5
Cand.theol.619.80.090.2
Cand.psychol.1 4164.53.192.4
Cand.med.vet. (Veterinary Science)36911.40.088.6

Table 6 
Resident students in higher education in Norway and abroad, in per cent of registered cohort. Immigration category, selected age groups and region. Numbers and per cent

Resident students in higher education in Norway and abroad, in per cent of registered cohort. Immigration category, selected age groups and region. Numbers and per cent1
2016
All ResidentsProportion registered in higher education
TotalImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parentsOther populationTotalImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parentsOther population
1Students include only students registered as residents in Norway per 1 Oktober
 
19-24 years
Total408 11550 29715 855341 96335.117.944.237.2
Oslo and Akershus93 50815 5569 51668 43641.021.243.745.1
Hedmark and Oppland28 9002 86041725 62332.616.547.234.1
South Eastern Norway72 2089 4242 52960 25531.316.540.433.2
Agder and Rogaland61 8177 2411 57153 00533.917.142.935.9
Western Norway72 4027 3301 09463 97836.015.850.738.1
Trøndelag39 2493 65654935 04436.618.856.138.2
Northern Norway39 9874 20517335 60928.914.148.630.6
Uoppgitt44256136.84.0..15.4
 
25-29 years
Total366 93280 1948 449278 28915.99.020.117.7
Oslo and Akershus105 75129 7985 57970 37418.210.819.521.2
Hedmark and Oppland21 9353 39713318 40514.47.833.115.5
South Eastern Norway58 51912 3871 19244 94012.56.515.314.1
Agder and Rogaland52 92511 14469841 08313.47.720.114.8
Western Norway62 00511 92652449 55516.57.025.018.7
Trøndelag33 4075 74023027 43718.011.537.819.2
Northern Norway32 3575 7869026 48116.29.626.717.6
Uoppgitt33163146.1..33.37.1

Table 7 
Resident students in higher education in Norway and abroad, in per cent of registered cohort. Immigration category, sex and age. Numbers and per cent

Resident students in higher education in Norway and abroad, in per cent of registered cohort. Immigration category, sex and age. Numbers and per cent1
2016
TotalImmigrantsNorwegian-born to immigrant parentsOther population
MalesFemalesMalesFemalesMalesFemalesMalesFemales
1Students include only students registered as residents in Norway per 1 October
Total94 816130 6478 83812 4294 0864 95481 892113 264
19 years5 2058 7033385664145644 4537 573
20 years9 63615 5835998925907988 44713 893
21 years11 71717 55871295866682510 33915 775
22 years11 86416 54365993659070510 61514 902
23 years11 04613 9607489214935779 80512 462
24 years9 80411 6737029793744058 72810 289
25 years8 0239 5027039762653367 0558 190
26 years6 3447 7036218842082375 5156 582
27 years4 8886 1326038331461544 1395 145
28 years3 8314 8195817621011063 1493 951
29 years2 9754 01353868770762 3673 250
30-34 years9 48314 4582 0343 0351691717 28011 252
Proportion registered in higher education
Total16.323.87.310.727.635.618.427.0
19 years15.227.29.118.528.639.815.327.5
20 years27.547.615.926.740.156.928.449.7
21 years33.554.117.227.845.161.235.257.1
22 years33.950.515.224.042.557.136.353.9
23 years31.342.014.620.639.748.833.945.2
24 years26.934.412.518.131.937.729.537.5
25 years21.626.911.415.925.432.923.629.1
26 years16.821.19.011.921.125.618.523.4
27 years12.916.87.610.116.318.214.318.8
28 years10.213.26.68.312.714.511.214.9
29 years8.211.35.67.112.012.39.012.9
30-34 years5.28.43.75.97.38.15.89.5

Table 8 
Resident students in higher education in Norway, in per cent of registered cohort. Age groups, sex and parents´ level of education. Numbers and per cent

Resident students in higher education in Norway, in per cent of registered cohort. Age groups, sex and parents´ level of education. Numbers and per cent1
200120112016
All residentsPropotion which was registered in higher educationAll residentsPropotion which was registered in higher educationAll residentsPropotion which was registered in higher education
1Students include only students registered as residents in Norway.
19-24 years
Total326 15427.7394 68131.6408 11535.1
Mother or father has long higher education29 92955.139 47958.147 30959.5
Mother or father has short higher education76 98440.7112 17244.0129 07145.7
Mother or father has upper secondary education164 47222.3168 52425.6165 20428.2
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education39 94311.042 23614.137 80917.8
Not stated14 8268.932 27010.928 7229.9
 
Males165 97322.1201 72525.4211 07128.1
Mother or father has long higher education15 44549.820 29553.224 37154.7
Mother or father has short higher education39 49534.057 67736.666 45638.0
Mother or father has upper secondary education84 35116.286 90918.285 32220.0
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education20 3877.221 6599.819 45812.8
Not stated6 2957.415 1859.515 4647.4
 
Females160 18133.4192 95638.2197 04442.6
Mother or father has long higher education14 48460.719 18463.322 93864.5
Mother or father has short higher education37 48947.854 49551.962 61553.9
Mother or father has upper secondary education80 12128.881 61533.479 88237.0
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education19 55614.920 57718.718 35123.1
Not stated8 5319.917 08512.213 25812.7
 
25-29 years
Total313 74815.4320 15515.0366 93215.9
Mother or father has long higher education22 94634.926 83631.532 14931.8
Mother or father has short higher education58 31424.571 36223.491 67323.3
Mother or father has upper secondary education165 92312.8127 74112.3140 01413.2
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education42 5866.933 5828.235 5819.0
Not stated23 9798.360 6347.567 5157.3
 
Males158 74414.0163 27713.3186 60014.0
Mother or father has long higher education11 76234.113 96730.616 52431.1
Mother or father has short higher education29 81622.936 67121.447 06321.2
Mother or father has upper secondary education84 50811.065 68310.071 92110.7
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education21 6695.317 2656.218 3236.8
Not stated10 9898.229 6916.632 7696.2
 
Females155 00416.9156 87816.9180 33217.8
Mother or father has long higher education11 18435.812 86932.615 62532.5
Mother or father has short higher education28 49826.234 69125.644 61025.4
Mother or father has upper secondary education81 41514.662 05814.768 09315.9
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education20 9178.516 31710.317 25811.4
Not stated12 9908.330 9438.434 7468.4

About the statistics

The statistics cover all students registrered in higher education per 1 October. Persons in doctoral programmes (PhD) are not included. Information on students abroad only includes students who take a whole degree abroad. Information on new students in higher education will be updated in June.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Enrolled students: Students registered at an approved institution for higher education in Norway and students from Norway registered abroad in higher education per 1 October.

Type of school: According to the Standard Industrial Classification of 2007.

Educational activity: According to the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education (NUS2000). Courses are grouped according to their level and field of study.

Part time/full time: Part time studies are defined by a progression less than 70 per cent of a full-time loading. Some courses at university colleges are organised only as part time studies.

School county/school municipality: Where the institution is located.

County of residence at 16 years: County where the student resided at the time he/she was 16 years old.

Age: Per 31 December.

Highest educational attainment of parents: Parental educational attainment encompasses all of the following levels:

1) Primary and lower secondary education

2) Upper secondary education

3) Higher education, short (at least two years but also 4 years or less)

4) Higher education, long (more than four years).

The education level of parents is defined as the highest level of education obtained by at least one of the parents.

Standard classifications

Educational activities are grouped by the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education, which was composed in 1970 by Statistics Norway and later revised in 1973, 1989 and 2000. Educational institutions are classified as being higher education institutions by the Standard Industrial Classification. Both classifications are available in the database for standard classifications.

For international purposes, the ISCED 2011 is used (International Standard Classification of Education).

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Students in higher education
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education Statistics

Regional level

Figures are presented at national level, at municipal level and by educational institution. Data on enrolments in higher education includes information that makes it possible to provide figures at other regional levels.

Frequency and timeliness

Final figures are published annually in May/June, and refer to enrolments in higher education as of 1. October the year before. 

International reporting

Data on enrolments is delivered to OECD, UNESCO and Eurostat.

Microdata

Statistics Norway stores all data in a proper, standardised manner in consultation with the The Norwegian Data Protection Authority.

Background

Background and purpose

There is a high demand for the collection of official statistics on education. Official education statistics are individually based and document the educational activities of all Norwegian residents from completion of lower secondary school to completion of all tertiary education including doctoral studies.

Norway`s education statistics went through a structural readjustment in the beginning of the 1970's. All statistics on higher education were previously available through a census. The data is now individually based, with all educational activities being attached to each individual's personal ID-number. The data is contained in the National Education Database (NUDB) in a format that allows the production of different kinds of education statistics and connection with other types of individually based statistics where necessary (e.g. income, social-welfare).

The purpose of these statistics is to present individually based statistics of students in higher education education in Norway.

Users and applications

Important users of the education statistics are public administration, special interest organizations, media, researchers, business and industry. Key users amongst the ministries are the Ministry of Education and Research, Ministry of Local Government and Regional Government, Ministry of Children and Family Affairs and the Ministry of Finance. The statistics are also used by international organisations such as Eurostat, OECD and UNESCO.

In addition, data on enrolments is used internally in Statistics Norway in publications and in assignments.

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 8:00 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

Data from higher education is combined with data from lower- and upper secondary education when revision processes are complete. Data is then stored as single annual files in the National Education Database (NUDB). Statistics Norway uses a similar system for all individually based statistics, making it easy to combine education statistics with other areas. Labour market statistics, health statistics, living conditions statistics and income and wage statistics are examples of other individually based statistics compiled by Statistics Norway.

Legal authority

Statistics Act, sections 2.1 and 3.2.

EEA reference

Commission Regulation (EU) No 88/2011 of 2 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on education and training systems.

Production

Population

The statistics cover all students of educational institutions that are classified as universities, specialised universities or university colleges in the Standard Industrial Classification per 1 October each year.

Universities: University of Oslo, University of Bergen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, University of Stavanger, University of Agder and Nord University.

Specialised university institutions: Norwegian School of Economics, Norwegian Lutheran School of Theology, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Norwegian Academy of Music, Norwegian Business School and Molde University College - specialised university of logistics.

University colleges are grouped into: the state university colleges, military university colleges and other university colleges. The state university colleges is a term for type of university college which is a result from a reform in 1994. Other University Colleges include Oslo and Bergen`s National Academy of the Arts, Norwegian Police University College and all private university colleges.

Each student can be registered as active in only one educational activity per 1 October each year. For students registered in several courses, Statistics Norway chooses the educational activity that is considered their main course of study, with higher-level, specialised university colleges and full-time courses taking priority among others. Persons in doctoral programmes (PhD) are not included.

Information on students abroad only includes students who take a whole degree abroad.

Data sources and sampling

Pursuant to the Statistical Act, Statistics Norway collects student data from Database for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH) and the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions.

Information on students abroad is provided by The State Education Loan Fund.

Surveys are not employed to collect education statistics. All data is obtained from university and college databases.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data collection: Pursuant to the Statistical Act (June 1989, No.54), Statistics Norway collects student data from the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions and from the State Education Loan Fund.

Editing: Editing includes both control and revision, and is performed on all data received from educational institutions. It encompasses deletion of duplicate records, a control for correct and valid values for each variable, comparisons with last years data and checks for missing information. Several variables are re-coded to comply with control programs run by Statistics Norway and Personal ID-numbers are referenced against Statistics Norway's population database to check for errors. At last duplicate students are deleted, which means that a student can only be counted once even though the student is registered at duplicated educational activities or educational institutions.

Estimation: No estimation is performed. The statistics are based on enumeration of students in higher education.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

To prevent identification of individuals within the statistics, data is not released where there are less than three students within a single cell in a table.

Comparability over time and space

Individually based data on students has been published annually since it was first collected in 1974. Most variables are comparable, but some have changed. The revised Norwegian Standard Classification of Education recoded education courses to enable comparison of newer and older data. While education courses are reasonably comparable over time, other variables are not (e.g. coding of institution types).

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Statistical investigations may encounter various sources of error. These errors can occur either during data collection (in this case, registration of student information) or during data processing (control and revision processes performed by Statistics Norway). It is difficult to estimate the extent of error in student registers. A person may be wrongly registered as being a student, especially for individual institutions that use a different enumeration date to Statistics Norway (1 October). Overestimation of student numbers is common for Norway's universities where registration occurs with payment of registration fees rather than enrolment in subjects. Alternatively, a student may remain in the registration system after they have completed their studies. Students themselves can provide inaccurate information to the registers, or personal responsible for the registers may make errors during data input or be uncertain of the definition of certain variables.

The State Education Loan Fund documents Norwegian students abroad. However, students from Norway who study abroad without being associated with the loan fund will be missed out in the statistics. It is not known how many people this applies to.

Revision

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