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Population and housing census 2011


  • About the survey

Purpose of the survey

A new census in Norway took place 19 November 2011.

No questionnaire

For the first time ever in Norway, no questionnaire was used in the census. Instead, data that is collected by other authorities was used.

First results in summer 2012

The census results are published on ssb.no as they become available. Key population figures were published in June 2012, household figures in December 2012 and housing figures in February 2013, statistics on activity status, employment commuting and education in April 2013 and income figures in june 2013.

Statistics for municipalities, urban districts and basic statistical units will be accessible via StatBank.

Statistics for international comparisons will be accessible through the EU's statistics office in spring 2014.


Census without questionnaire

The next census in Norway is due to take place in 2011, with a census date of 19 November. For the first time ever, no questionnaire will be used in the census. Instead, data that is collected by other authorities will be used, thus saving society both time and money.  

History: Towards register-based census step by step

While households have provided the necessary information themselves for previous censuses, this year they don't need to do anything. All the necessary information will be retrieved from registers. However, this has not happened overnight; the development has been gradual over the last 40 years.  

International: Different methods - comparable results

Most countries in the world conduct censuses, but the way they carry them out differs from country to country. Nevertheless, it is important that the results can be compared. The bulk of the information that is collected is therefore the same, although there are some variations here too.