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60 464

newly established enterprises in 2016

Number of enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises1
2016Change from the previous year
Number of enterprisesPer cent
1The figures include all enterprises except enterprises in agriculture, forestry, fishing and public administration.
Number of enterprises as of January 1413 7612.8
Newly-established enterprises60 4744.5
2015Change from the previous year
Enterprise closures55 3855.1

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Table 1 
Number of enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by economic activity

Number of enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by economic activity
Economic activity201520162017
Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (final figures)Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (estimated)Enterprises as of January 1 (estimated)
Total402 51357 86655 385413 76160 47458 252413 725
Mining and quarrying1 19586981 15678901 129
Manufacture15 2381 8751 92417 8761 8651 91417 622
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply1 17590581 224701101 172
Water supply1 216106941 228119991 238
Construction57 5647 8307 40458 5017 7999 35356 486
Wholesale and retail trade: repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles53 2557 4716 78252 8336 4528 76149 887
Transportation and storage21 7922 4422 19421 5012 1693 28920 156
Accommodation and food service activities11 5631 4681 37611 5631 5391 67311 342
Information and communication17 5173 7063 45418 2393 8113 25018 628
Financial and insurance activities11 8077501 31411 3831 2641 17710 379
Real estate activities52 2454 7694 67353 0695 1284 82253 396
Professional, scientific and technical activities48 9078 7668 54150 6449 2807 76751 785
Administrative and support service activities20 1883 8853 44720 9883 9944 58120 158
Education12 1553 4183 00013 6363 5722 30714 810
Human health and social work activities33 8584 1473 77735 7344 3563 00136 918
Arts, entertainment and recreation24 1334 4954 64727 0424 8232 19429 516
Other service activities14 8992 8652 30815 9573 0093 08715 722
Activities of household as employers4113945181944
Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies1001001
Missing1 2067642851 1411 1287593 336

Table 2 
Enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by legal form

Enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by legal form
Legal form201520162017
Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (final figures)Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (estimated)Enterprises as of January 1 (estimated)
Total402 51357 86655 385413 76160 47458 252413 725
General partnership4 2491263743 9701124683 439
Private limited company202 78221 69518 477207 81323 69318 579212 864
Public limited company1893817633174
General Partnership with shared liability5 8625657855 5665698715 136
Sole proprietorship174 96934 15633 553182 65534 78836 106179 372
Norwegian division of foreign enterprise5 5991 0071 6094 7979481 7253 822
Other organisational structures8 8633145798 7843615008 919

Table 3 
Enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by county

Enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by county
201520162017
Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (final figures)Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (estimated)Enterprises as of January 1 (estimated)
Total402 51357 86655 385413 76160 47458 252413 725
Østfold21 1783 0102 77921 8992 8933 42621 347
Akershus46 2566 8586 94647 5927 2727 14147 758
Oslo73 65412 69712 17576 35413 07112 22576 603
Hedmark13 2181 5841 53913 5231 6651 48613 669
Oppland14 3181 6381 64914 6211 6121 60014 530
Buskerud23 1063 1172 97623 7553 1113 31523 493
Vestfold19 5402 5772 54919 9602 6792 75719 830
Telemark13 0661 6491 64613 2691 7551 78913 147
Aust-Agder8 4591 0781 0558 6411 1881 0478 769
Vest-Agder14 4482 0151 83114 8572 1642 03014 917
Rogaland31 7544 6384 21532 5595 1984 75932 678
Hordaland36 1325 4365 08237 2565 7235 70736 937
Sogn og Fjordane8 1558858428 3118718258 300
Møre og Romsdal18 3902 1422 11418 6462 2382 15918 630
Sør-Trøndelag21 4933 2593 05822 2203 6653 10322 544
Nord-Trøndelag8 8301 1161 0998 9791 0851 0518 988
Nordland14 8311 8171 81715 1471 8851 79315 204
Troms - Romsa10 7081 5201 44610 9921 5811 42711 122
Finnmark - Finnmárku4 8156835334 9986355785 065
Other Norwegian territories1621473418218335207

Table 4 
Number of employees in enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by economic activity

Number of employees in enterprises as of January 1, newly-established enterprises and discontinued enterprises, by economic activity
Economic activity201520162017
Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (final figures)Enterprises as of January 1Newly-established enterprisesDiscontinued enterprises (estimated)Enterprises as of January 1 (estimated)
Total1 705 28620 89829 4681 794 71915 80620 9501 762 161
Mining and quarrying67 6101632560 3551911958 601
Manufacture231 3059682 180230 9405551 085213 567
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply15 539354916 229014216 513
Water supply7 86240458 88235399 116
Construction207 6124 3695 540207 0613 5043 028212 783
Wholesale and retail trade: repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles356 0303 5515 287383 6002 4793 748378 410
Transportation and storage139 9321 1301 560147 4617983 240141 213
Accommodation and food service activities93 0063 1262 674107 0712 2751 821104 257
Information and communication87 9801 1182 27390 0888721 35189 467
Financial and insurance activities46 10010550647 44723423646 132
Real estate activities24 9506441 06028 23234363728 121
Professional, scientific and technical activities119 7461 8042 950123 4981 4621 619122 366
Administrative and support service activities134 4882 1252 654129 9621 7552 025127 707
Education18 68533331024 54819528325 343
Human health and social work activities107 0257071 121127 898507630127 475
Arts, entertainment and recreation18 18832142528 34527564227 191
Other service activities29 07242344132 93938129133 490
Activities of household as employers1804100916
Activities of extraterritorial organisations and bodies0003005
Missing13883641501175386

About the statistics

The statistics shows active enterprises as of 1 January, annual figures on newly established enterprises and enterprise closures and quarterly figures on new enterprises. Also, it shows turnover and employment in active enterprises and it describes active enterprises by features of the employees.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Enterprise
In Standard Industrial Classification (SN2007), an enterprise is defined as the smallest combination of legal units which produces goods or services, and which has a certain degree of decision-making autonomy. In the statistics, a legal unit is regarded as an enterprise.

Enterprises as of January 1
The figures of enterprises as of January 1 in the statistical year (year t) cover all active enterprises which were still registered as of January 1 that year.

New enterprises
A new enterprise in a given period is an enterprise registered in The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER) with the date of its founding and which has registered information indicating that it will have business activity. If there is no information on the date of its founding, the date of registration is used.

Newly established enterprises
Newly established  enterprises are new enterprises corrected for change of ownership. That means that new enterprises which take over existing activities are not considered as newly established enterprises, but as new enterprises.

Defunct enterprises
An enterprise becomes defunct when the activity is sold, closed, or when the enterprise is deleted from The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER).

Employees
The number of employees is based on data from the so-called a-ordning which collects the number of employees for each establishment for mid-week each month.

Employment
Employment is the sum of employees and owners. Employment figures are an average of the number of employees at the end of five selected months in the year, and may not correspond to Labour force survey and national accounts figures, because the data sources and the calculation of the averages are different. In industries for which employment data are not collected through data collection for structural business statistics, employment figures are estimated on the basis of employee data in The Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises (CRE). Employees with more than one employer may be included in employment figures in several industries.

Turnover
Turnover is the sum of payment of sales to customers, sales of goods for resale and gross income from other business activity. Turnover includes income from rent and commission income, but not government  subsidies or profit from disposal of fixed assets. Value added tax is excluded from the figure. The concept of turnover in some industries is not clear-cut, and the figures for those industries are consequently not published. The industries are financial and insurance activities (industry 64-66), education (industry 85) and human health and social work activities (industry 86-88). Turnover for units in structural business statistics is collected from those statistics. Turnover data for other industries are collected from administrative sources (the VAT Register or the Register of Company Accounts).

Legal form
Legal form in The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER). There is a distinction between, among others, sole proprietors and public limited company.

Location
The enterprise’s business address is used to determine the county in which the enterprise is located. If an enterprise comprises many establishments, then its headquarters are used to assign it to a county.

Standard classifications

Standard Industrial Classification SN2007
Statistics Norway’s Standard Industrial Classification SN2007, which is based on EU’s industrial standard NACE Rev.2, is used as from the statistical year 2008. Standard Industrial Classification SN2002 was used until 2007. The industrial classifications are found at here. Industrial distributions according to SN2007 and SN2002 are not directly comparable, as there is no industry to industry correspondence between all industries.

Classification of enterprises by size group

Classification of organization form

 

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Enterprises
Topic: Establishments, enterprises and accounts

Responsible division

Division for Accounting Statistics

Regional level

National, county and municipal level (for enterprises by features of the employees only on national level)

Frequency and timeliness

Business demography is published annually with figures for enterprises as of January 1 of year t, together with new enterprises in year t and defunct enterprises in the course of year t-1. New enterprises are published quarterly, about two months after the end of the quarter. Statistics on enterprises by features of the employees is published annually.

Enterprise, turnover and employment are published annually, with a time-lag of two years.

International reporting

Statistics on active enterprises, newly established enterprises and discontinued enterprises are reported to Eurostat, but the populations and thus figures differ from the ones that are published at www.ssb.no.

Figures on new enterprises (quarterly) which are reported to Eurostat are the same as the ones that are published at www.ssb.no

Microdata

Data on the populations are temporarily stored in SAS programming language and are stored long-term as text files.

Background

Background and purpose

Business demography covers statistics on the number of enterprises as of January 1, new enterprises, newly established enterprises, and cessations and discontinued enterprises. The statistics cover enterprises in all industries except primary industries and public administration. The annual population of enterprises is composed of the yearly structural turnover and employment statistics for enterprises in every industry except public administration.

The statistics were published for the first time in November 2002.

Users and applications

The users of the statistics are public administration, researchers, industry and the media.

Equal treatment of users

Principles for equal treatment of users in releasing statistics and analyses

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on www.ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar.

Coherence with other statistics

The published figures may not tally with the figures for legal entities in The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER). The published industry figures may also differ from those in structural business statistics. The difference between the published figures and the figures in the Register of Business Enterprises is largely due to the fact that all legal entities are included in The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER), irrespective of whether they are active or not. Statistics Norway conducts many checks to establish whether the enterprise is really active.

The annual populations (t-1) and the enterprise figures in year t are co-ordinated with structural business statistics in that, regarding the industries covered by  structural business statistics, an enterprise is included only if it has turnover or employment. The figures by year (t+1) also include all new enterprises in year t which are still registered at the beginning of (t+1). Since cessations are often registered with a time-lag, these figures can be too high.

The figures for annual populations may differ from published structural business statistics figures for activity, because turnover and employment in an enterprise encompass total turnover and total employment, which means that turnover and employment in an activity in an industry different from the enterprise’s industry is also included.

Legal authority

Not relevant

EEA reference

Not relevant

Production

Population

Enterprises/business demography, annually
The statistics describe enterprises as of January 1, new and newly established enterprises, as well as defunct and discontinued enterprises by their industrial activity, legal form and number of employees (not for cessations).

1. The statistics cover all industries, with the exception of primary industries (01 Agriculture, 02 forestry, 03 fishing) and public administration and defence (84 public administration and defence), according to the Standard Industrial Classification SN2007. As from statistical year 2008, the statistics were demarcated by industry according to SN2007, while the statistics are restricted according to SN2002 from 2000 to 2007.

 2. The figures as of January 1 in the statistical year consist of all enterprises having activity in Norway in the previous year. Newly registered and newly born enterprises in the statistical year are only those enterprises with information indicating that they intend to engage in business activity. That means that enterprises with some legal forms, for example, other estates, condominium flat owner, are excluded from the statistics.

 3. Enterprises with sector code for general government are not included in the statistics. The codes are (Sector code 2014) 3100, 6500 and 6100, as from statistical year 2012.  Enterprises having sector codes 110 (central government including social security funds), 150 (The Central Bank of Norway), 510 (county municipalities) and 550 (municipalities) are excluded from the statistics in statistical years 2000 to 2011. Those enterprises are not included even if they have activity in industries covered by the statistics. There may be shortcomings with the figures for industries which are mixtures of public sector service provision and private sector service provision, owing to the exclusion of public sector service provision from the statistics. This particularly applies to electricity and water supply, education, human health and social work activities. State lending institutions, enterprises in public ownership, central government enterprises, local government enterprises and local government incorporated enterprises, that is to say, enterprises with sector codes 3100, 3900, 1110, 1120, 1510 and 1520, are included if they have activity within industries covered by the statistics.

Enterprises, turnover and employment, annually
Enterprises are included in the annual population if they are registered as having active operations in Norway in the statistical year.

The statistics are demarcated by the enterprise’s industry, legal form, and sector code.

 1. The statistics cover all industries except public administration and defence (84 Public administration and defence), according to Standard Industrial Classification SN2007. As from statistical year 2008,  SN2007 was used to demarcate the statistics by industry, while SN2002 was used from 2000 to 2007.

 2. Enterprises having certain legal forms, for example other estates, condominium flat owner, are not in the statistical population and are therefore not in the statistics

 3. Enterprises with sector code for general government, that is, codes (Sector code 2014) 3100, 6500 and 6100, are not included in the statistics as from statistical year 2012.  Enterprises having sector codes110 (central government including social security funds), 150 (The Central Bank of Norway), 510 (county municipalities) and 550 (municipalities) are not covered by the statistics, from the statistical year 2000 to 2011. These enterprises are left out even if they have activity in industries covered by the statistics. As regards industries that are mixtures of public sector service provision and private sector service provision, the figures may be deficient, since public sector service provision is not in the statistics. In particular, this  applies to electricity and water supply, education, and human health and social. State lending institutions, enterprises in public ownership, central government enterprises, local government enterprises and local government incorporated enterprises, that is to say, enterprises with sector codes 3100, 3900, 1110, 1120, 1510 and 1520, are included if they have activities within the industries covered by the statistics

Enterprises by features of the employees, annually
The statistics cover all enterprises as of January 1 and newly established enterprises with employees, as well as high-growth enterprises. Enterprises in public administration and the primary industries are not included. The statistics do not cover sole proprietors, participants in general partnership, and general partnerships with shared liability.

New enterprises, quarterly
The statistics include all new enterprises registered in The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER) and are published roughly five weeks after each quarter.

Data sources and sampling

The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER) and The Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises (CRE). The number of employees is obtained from the so-called a-ordning. Data on turnover and employment are collected from administrative sources and through Statistics Norway’s structural business statistics surveys.

Data from structural business statistics and data from other administrative registers such as the VAT Register, The Register of Company Accounts and income tax form for self-employed persons are used to restrict the population in relation to enterprises which no longer exist.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Administrative data and reuse of data from statistical surveys.

The Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises (CRE) is comprehensive. It is checked to ensure that it fulfils quality requirements, with regard to coverage and information on legal persons.

The quality of the population of active enterprises is checked, among other things, by directly contacting the enterprises during the data collection the structural business statistics and by linking the units to administrative registers in the monitoring system for The Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises (CRE).

The quality of the industrial codes for the establishments and entities in The Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises (CRE) is continually checked. Quality checks are conducted, among other things, by contacting the enterprises in Statistics Norway’s structural business statistics surveys, by other administrative sources, and by directly contacting the enterprise in other ways, and by the statement of purpose in The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER).

The estimated cessation numbers are obtained by calculating the ratio of the preliminary figures to the final figures in an earlier year. The estimated enterprise numbers as of January 1 are based on the preliminary enterprise figures as of 1 January and the estimated number of discontinued enterprises. Enterprise size, measured by the number of persons employed the year before cessation, and legal form are the factors with the greatest effect on the ratio of the preliminary and final cessation figures to active enterprises.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

In the statistics on enterprises, turnover and employment, turnover is not published if the number of enterprises is fewer than three.

Comparability over time and space

Cessation of an enterprise is registered with a time-lag. New enterprises may also be registered with a time-lag, and many newly registered enterprises never become active. The number of enterprises as of January 1 t+1 is therefore lower the next time business demography statistics are published.

Regarding the annual population, the method for calculating turnover and employment for the enterprises included in structural business statistics was revised as from the year 2003. The revision affected industries 65-67 and 80-99, as well as enterprises in industries 10-41 (SN2002), which were excluded from structural business statistics for manufacturing (sole proprietors and enterprises with less than 0.5 man-years). The revision resulted in a reduction in the total number of enterprises and in the number of enterprises within the aforementioned industries from 2002 to 2003.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The data sources for the statistics are administrative registers. Several administrative registers are central to the work relating to updating The Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises (CRE) and are used to define the population and collect the variables and information. The Central Coordinating Register of Legal Entities (ER), the VAT register, and a-ordning are used to collect data on the units of analysis. Errors in the registers can be a source of uncertainty in the statistics.

Outdated information resulting from time-lag in the registers may be a source of error. Such time-lags are caused by the fact that changes are often registered some time after they have happened. The registers are consequently not completely up-to-date all the time, leading to outdated information being used in the statistics.

There is a time-lag between the cessation of an activity and its registration based on feedback in connection with data collection for structural business statistics or by linking administrative registers. Therefore, not all cessations in the period for which the figures are published are necessarily registered at the time of publication. A result of this is that the number of cessations will be too low, whereas the population figures as of January 1 in t+1 will be too high. New registrations are in some cases done with a time lag.

The respondent must state, in connection with new registrations, whether the activity is new or whether it is a change of ownership. When such information is lacking, duplicate checks are conducted to identify potential ownership changes. Not all ownership changes are found when these checks are conducted, and the number of newly established enterprises is presumably somewhat higher, compared with the number of new registrations. There are also many new enterprises which never start activity.

 

Revision

Not relevant

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