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The Survey of Living Conditions

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  • About the survey

Statistics Norway conducts its yearly survey on living conditions from January to July. Every year we ask about 12 000 persons aged 16 years and over to answer the survey. Participants are randomly selected from the National Registry.

How do you answer?

You will receive a letter from us if you are selected to answer the survey. One of our interviewers will call you soon to conduct the interview in Norwegian. You will also get the opportunity to answer the interview in English at a later date. If you prefer, you can contact us by phone or e-mail to arrange a time for the call.

The interview can only be done over the phone, and it takes approximately 30 minutes to answer.

The survey aims to follow developments in living conditions. Therefore, each participant will be interviewed once a year for four years.

If you have not yet been contacted by our interviewers, it might be because we have been unable to find your phone number. We therefore ask that you contact us to give us your contact details.

What information do we need?

In 2020, we will ask you about the following questions:

  • Housing, housing expenses and mortgages
  • Household finances
  • Health
  • Outdoor activities during leisure time
  • Political participation and organizational activity
  • Work and employment

Some of these topics, such as housing, health and work, will be asked every year. Meanwhile, some questions will change every year, for example questions about outdoor activities, political participation and organizational activity

Your answers are valuable 

Participation in this survey is voluntary. However, if the full quota of respondents does not participate, this will impact on the quality of the results. We are not able to interview everyone living in Norway. Hence, we have randomly selected a group of people that represents the population. We cannot replace you with someone else, and we therefore ask that you participate.

What is the purpose of the survey?

The results will be used to produce official statistics describing living conditions in Norway. Statistics Norway will publish the results at www.ssb.no, where they will be accessible to everyone. Politicians, researchers, journalists and the public are all important users of statistics on living conditions

This survey is a part of the European Union Statistics on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC). These statistics enable us to compare living conditions in various European countries. The EU’s statistics office, Eurostat, publishes results from EU-SILC, and these are accessible to everyone. For comparisons of living conditions in Norway with other European countries, click here.

Your information is protected by the General Data Protection Regulation

  • Everyone working in Statistics Norway will treat your information confidentially.
  • You can tell Statistics Norway to delete your answers at any time.
  • The survey is carried out in accordance with the Statistics Act and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). If you have further questions about GDPR, you can visit our site www.ssb.no/en/omssb/personvern, or send us an e-mail at personvernombud@ssb.no
  • All data will be anonymised within two years after completion of the data collection.


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