Fewer building permits
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The statistics measure the developments in building activities for all types of buildings. In January 2017, building start permits were given on 3 100 dwellings.

Building statisticsJanuary 2017



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Fewer building permits

Seasonally-adjusted figures for building start permits show a 13 per cent decrease in dwelling permits from December 2016 to January 2017.

Registered building permissions. Seasonally adjusted, trend and unadjusted. Preliminary figures
January 2017
Seasonally adjustedTrendUnadjusted
Percentage change from the previous monthPercentage change from the previous monthTotalThe last 12-months periodPercentage change from the last 12-months period
Dwellings-13.1-0.73 06237 09419.9
Utility floor space, 1000 m2
Dwellings-9.5-0.4412.14 632.514.0
Other buildings-7.8-1.2496.85 802.312.1
Figure 1. Registered building permissions. Number of dwellings, seasonally adjusted and trend
Figure 2. Registered building permissions. Non-residential utility floor space, seasonally adjusted and trend

* = preliminary figures

Figures vary considerably from month to month. The long-term trend shows good growth in the number of building permits since October 2014, with a minor decrease from a high level in the last three months.

Decrease in industry sector

Seasonally-adjusted figures show an 8 per cent decrease in building start permits for “other than dwellings” from December 2016 to January 2017. The long-term trend shows an increase in utility floor space since April 2015, with a decrease in the last five months.

20 per cent more dwelling permits in the last 12 months

A total of 37 100 new dwellings have been given building start permits in the last 12 months. This is an increase of 20 per cent compared with the previous 12-month period.

Building start permits have been given for 5.8 million square metres of utility floor space for the category “other than dwellings” in the last 12 months. This is 12 per cent more than the previous 12-month period.

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Figures for buildings in the building statistics rely on dates for when permits are registered by the municipality in the data register (Matrikkelen). A building permit does not always mean that construction will be started at once. Especially in low conjunctures it might be that construction projects are not realised, or may be postponed after a building permit has been granted. When the building activity trend turns from a low to a high level, and vice versa, this could affect the interpretation of the statistics.

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