Greater demand for municipal housing
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Municipal housing2012



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Greater demand for municipal housing

The number of municipal houses increased by 420 in 2012. In Norway, there were about 102 100 municipal houses in 2012; 20 houses for every 1 000 inhabitants in Norway. Most of these houses, about 80 per cent, are owned by the local authorities. This is a small decrease compared with 2011.

Public housing. Figures for the country as a whole
Total number of municipal disposed dwellings96 403100 333100 918101 670102 089
Dwellings with municipal right of disposal, per 1 000 inhabitants2021212020
Share of municipal dwellings accessible for wheelchair users4143454648
Net operating expenditures, public housing and related services, per capita in NOK-27.2-28.4-30.3-10.8-3.4
Gross operating expenditures, public housing, per dwelling with municipal right in NOK37 77341 23442 15248 49247 222

Norwegian municipalities received almost 38 300 applications from households in 2012. This is an increase of 4 per cent compared with 2011.

Fifteen per cent more households lived in temporary housing in 2012 compared with 2011.

Furthermore, about 18 per cent of the households were given municipal housing because they were refugees, 9 per cent because of mental illness, 7 per cent because of substance abuse.

About 41 per cent of the households who were given municipal housing in 2012 were in need of adapted dwellings. An adapted dwelling might be a dwelling without stairs or a dwelling designed for specific groups of users.

About 13 per cent of households with other problems were given municipal housing in 2012. Other problems might be social and/or financial difficulties.

The distribution between these groups has been relatively stable during the years 2009-2012.