Final and preliminary figures

The figures for 2022 will be updated at 08:00 am on 15 June. The numbers currently published are from the preliminary release on 15 March.

Municipal housing

Updated: 15 June 2023

Next update: 17 June 2024

Municipal dwellings
Municipal dwellings
110 531
Public housing. Figures for the country as a whole
Public housing. Figures for the country as a whole
Total number of municipal disposed dwellings (number)108 360108 128110 531
Dwellings with municipal right of disposal, per 1000 inhabitants (number)202020
Share of municipal dwellings accessible for wheelchairs users (per cent)495048
Gross investment expenditures, public housing and related services, per capita (1 3351 1081 339
Wages per owned municipal dwelling (NOK)10 72111 75212 105
Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

A dwelling with municipal right of disposal is a dwelling that the municipality can rent to its inhabitants through a tenancy agreement, for example nursing and care dwellings, dwellings for refugees, dwellings for the socially and/or financially disadvantaged.

A dwelling with municipal right of disposal is a dwelling that the municipality can rent to its inhabitants through a tenancy agreement, for example nursing and care dwellings, dwellings for refugees, dwellings for socially and/or financially disadvantaged etc. Nursing homes, old people's homes etc without tenancy agreement are not included.

Nursing and care dwellings are dwellings built with grants from the Norwegian State Housing Bank (given from 1994 onwards).

There are three types of tenure status for municipal dwellings . These are municipally owned for rental, rented by the municipality for sublease and privately owned with municipal right of disposal .

Adapted dwellings are municipal disposed dwellings adapted for wheelchair users.

The number of let dwellings is the total number of tenancy agreements as of 31 December.

The residents of municipal dwellings are grouped into the following categories:

Refugees, households in need of an adapted dwelling, mentally ill, substance abusers, people who are both mentally ill and substance abusers, households with other problems and households without means testing.

Temporary stay: Until a permanent dwelling is available the municipality is obliged to provide temporary housing to people who are not able to find a dwelling themselves. For such stays, payment is made per bed-night, e.g. shelter, boarding house, hotel, cottage, caravan etc.

Figures are available for temporary stays divided by duration of stay (0-3 months and more than 3 months).

Norway's 430 municipalities are divided into 16 groups by population and framework conditions. The classification is based on Langørgen, A., R. Aaberge og E.R. Åserud (2001): Gruppering av kommuner etter folkemengde og økonomiske rammebetingelser 1998. Rapporter 2001/35, Statistics Norway (available in Norwegian only).

Name: Municipal housing
Topic: Construction, housing and property

17 June 2024

Division for Health, care and social statistics

The statistics are published on municipal level. In addition, statistics are compiled for the urban districts of Oslo.

The statistics are published annually.

The statistics have been published since 2001, i.e. figures for 2001 were published in the first half of 2002. This schedule applies every year.

Not relevant.

The microdata are stored in Oracle databases and as SAS-files. Historical data are stored on UNIX.

Prior to 2001, fragments of the public housing statistics were collected as part of several different statistics. When KOSTRA (Municipality-State-Reporting) was introduced in 1995, there was a need and desire to integrate these fragments into one set of statistics. After that the public housing statistics have extended to cover further elements.

The purpose of the statistics is to fulfil the increasing demand for information in central government for planning purposes, supervision and evaluation of the municipalities' public housing services. In addition, the municipalities themselves require comparable figures on county and national level to evaluate their own services. The most frequent users of the statistics are the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development, the Norwegian directorate of health and the Norwegian State Housing Bank.

Not relevant.

Not relevant.

The Statistics Act of 16 June 1989, § 2-1, 2-2, and 3-2.

Not relevant.

All dwellings at the municipalities' disposal are registered.

Data are collected by various municipal offices. In Oslo, data are collected by administrative offices in each urban district. In addition, the Norwegian State Housing Bank provides some of the data.

The statistics are based on a full count of all municipalities and all urban districts of Oslo.

The statistics are mainly based on an annual dispatch of questionnaires to all municipalities as well as all urban districts of Oslo. The questionnaires are returned electronically through KOSTRA. The deadline is 15 February (25 February for data from the Norwegian State Housing Bank).

To secure the logical correlation between the various items in the completed questionnaires, the control and revision routines are based on ordinary logical and validity controls that are built into the electronic forms. The file extracts also undergo controls before they are submitted. The accounts are checked against the central government fiscal accounts upon receipt. Furthermore, the new data are compared with data from the preceding year and various relative figures. If there are large deviations from preceding years, the figures are checked further and corrected as far as possible.

The figures are published on two levels, as basic figures and as indicators. The basic figures mostly consist of units, either added up over the year, or at a given point of time (31 December). These figures are reported as absolute figures, whereas the indicators mainly are ratios.

Not relevant.

For data relating to persons or households, figures are shown as dots (:) for values of three or less.

Because of a comprehensive revised questionnary in 2010, only some figures are comparable over time from 2009 and backwards.

The questionnary sent to the municipalities was revised in 2010 and efforts have been made to reduce potential sources of measurement errors. Still there are things to improve to avoid different understandings of the questions.

The non-response varies from 3-5 per cent. For some main figures, the non-response has been estimated.

Not relevant.