Households doubled their dividends
Households doubled their share dividend income in 2015. Men took 80 per cent of the dividend payment that went to the households.
|2015||2014 - 2015|
|NOK million||Share||Per cent|
|Sum all holding sectors||358 648||100||9|
|Non-financial corporations||147 189||41||16|
|Financial corporations||23 882||7||-9|
|General government||35 029||10||-23|
|Non-profit institutions serving households||1 653||0||8|
|Rest of the world||71 495||20||-20|
Norwegian limited companies paid a record NOK 359 billion in dividends in 2015. Of this, NOK 79 billion went to households. This was almost twice as much compared with the previous year and must be seen in relation to a slightly higher tax on dividends for individuals as of 2016.
Men took 80 per cent
Men took NOK 65 billion of the households’ dividends in 2015, which is an increase of 98 per cent. Men in their 40s, 50s and 60s received the bulk of the dividends, with NOK 53 billion. Women received NOK 14 billion, which was an increase of 91 per cent.
Less to the general government
Norwegian corporations also benefited from higher dividend payments in 2015 and received a total of NOK 171 billion. The general government, however, saw dividend incomes go down and could thus only collect NOK 35 billion. This is a decline of 23 per cent.
NOK 71 billion went abroad
A total of NOK 71 billion, or 20 per cent of the dividend amount, went to foreign shareholders in 2015. Shareholders from the Netherlands and the UK received NOK 10 billion each, while shareholders from Sweden followed with a total of NOK 9 billion.