Sample survey of agriculture and forestry

Updated: 31 January 2023

Next update: 14 March 2024

Holdings with investments in farm buildings
Holdings with investments in farm buildings
2021
14
per cent
Investment in farm buildings and machinery and implements for agriculture and horticulture
Investment in farm buildings and machinery and implements for agriculture and horticulture
20172021
Holdings, total39 60038 100
Holdings with investment in farm buildings (per cent)1714
Investment per holding with investment (NOK)582 000989 000
Holdings with investment in machinery and implements (per cent)3231
Investment per holding with investment (NOK)217 000276 000
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Selected tables and charts from this statistics

  • Investment in farm buildings.
    Investment in farm buildings.
    Investment, total (NOK 1000)Investment per holding with investment (NOK)
    2008201120142016202120082011201420162021
    The whole country3 384 0003 794 0003 279 0004 043 0005 271 000496 000555 000606 000582 000989 000
    Eastern Norway1 287 0001 443 0001 144 0001 468 0002 247 000446 000469 000524 000532 000971 000
    Agder and Rogaland698 000812 000625 000860 0001 064 000543 000720 000690 000699 0001 038 000
    Western Norway458 000668 000526 000644 000776 000425 000574 000493 000466 000903 000
    Trøndelag673 000498 000699 000778 000806 000641 000574 000828 000739 0001 115 000
    Northern Norway267 000373 000286 000293 000378 000504 000623 000694 000558 000932 000
    Explanation of symbols
  • Holdings with investment in farm buildings
    Holdings with investment in farm buildings
    Holdings with investmentPer cent holdings with investment
    2008201120142016202120082011201420162021
    The whole country6 8006 8005 4006 9005 3001415131714
    Eastern Norway2 9003 1002 2002 8002 3001416121615
    Agder and Rogaland1 3001 1009001 2001 0001917152117
    Western Norway1 1001 2001 1001 4009001113121610
    Trøndelag1 1009008001 1007001513141813
    Northern Norway5006004005004001316121614
    Explanation of symbols
  • Investment in machinery and implements for agriculture and horticulture
    Investment in machinery and implements for agriculture and horticulture
    Investment, total (NOK 1 000)Investment per holding with investment (NOK)
    2008201120142016202120082011201420162021
    The whole country2 767 0003 107 0002 508 0002 796 0003 206 000185 000218 000193 000217 000276 000
    Eastern Norway1 256 0001 489 0001 186 0001 369 0001 574 000195 000249 000204 000240 000303 000
    Agder and Rogaland398 000420 000325 000342 000400 000183 000200 000200 000192 000249 000
    Western Norway416 000455 000431 000427 000445 000153 000164 000168 000171 400188 000
    Trøndelag455 000456 000400 000416 000579 000201 000215 000211 000218 000341 000
    Northern Norway242 000288 000167 000242 000207 000184 000230 000153 000233 000277 000
    Explanation of symbols
  • Maintenance of farm buildings
    Maintenance of farm buildings
    Holdings, totalHoldings, with maintenancePer cent holdings with maintenanceMaintenance, total. 1 000 NOKMaintenance expenditure per holding with maintenance1
    201441 90032 500781 540 00047 000
    201640 30030 600761 783 00058 000
    202138 10027 900722 250 00081 000
    2021
    Eastern Norway15 70011 400721 028 00090 000
    Agder and Rogaland5 8004 30070400 00094 000
    Western Norway8 1006 00071354 00059 000
    Trøndelag5 5004 10075304 00078 000
    Northern Norway2 9002 10071163 00074 000
    1Fixed 2016-kroner
    Explanation of symbols
  • Consumption of electricity in agriculture. Excl. Greenhouses.
    Consumption of electricity in agriculture. Excl. Greenhouses.
    Holdings, totalHoldings with reported consumptionConsumption, total (1000 kWh)Value, total (1000 NOK)Consumption per holding with reported consumption (1000 kWh)
    201542 00041 500979 800728 60024
    201739 60036 0001 296 7001 039 10036
    202138 10032 6001 315 2001 398 30040
    2021
    Eastern Norway15 70013 400549 300617 90041
    Agder and Rogaland5 7005 000245 400286 00049
    Western Norway8 1007 000193 300199 70028
    Trøndelag5 5004 800222 400197 20046
    Northern Norway2 9002 400104 80097 50044
    Explanation of symbols
  • Consumption of diesel in agriculture. Excl. Greenhouses.
    Consumption of diesel in agriculture. Excl. Greenhouses.
    Holdings, totalHoldings with reported consumptionConsumption, total (1 000 litres)Value, total (NOK 1 000)Consumption per holding with reported consumption (litres)
    201542 00038 500126 1001 056 1003 300
    201739 60037 300134 1001 111 4003 600
    202138 10034 200145 1001 576 4004 200
    2021
    Eastern Norway15 70014 30069 600734 9004 900
    Agder and Rogaland5 7005 00019 400212 8003 900
    Western Norway8 1007 50021 000243 5002 800
    Trøndelag5 5005 00024 200256 9004 900
    Northern Norway2 9002 50010 900128 3004 400
    Explanation of symbols

About the statistics

The statistics give information about labour input and investments in agriculture.

Agricultural holding: All agricultural area operated by the same holder belongs to the same holding regardless of whether it includes several land numbers, title numbers and lease numbers.

Holder(s): The person(s) who is responsible for farming it.

Agricultural area in use: Comprises all owned and rented agricultural area in use at the holding, including fields that lie fallow a year. Agricultural areas include cultivated and surface-cultivated land, and other fertilized pastures.

Supplementary industry: An activity that uses the land, buildings or machinery belonging to the holding.

Gross income: The sum of all incomes excluded value added tax, and not deducted any costs.

County where the holding is located, size of holding expressed in decares of utilized agricultural area and type of farming of the holding.

Name: Sample survey of agriculture and forestry
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

14 March 2024

Division for Housing, Property, Spatial and Agricultural Statistics

Part of the country.

Annual

Data are delivered to Eurostat by agreement.

Reviewed and edited microdata are stored.

The purpose of the Survey of Agriculture is to obtain relevant data not found in administrative data systems, and to obtain data for units not covered by administrative systems.

The Survey of Agriculture is designed to form a picture of the agriculture industry in Norway (the number of holdings and properties) through various questions. The questions vary from year to year (labour, liabilities, investments, fixed assets, rental of agricultural land, farm buildings, extended forest survey etc.).

Data from the survey are used by professional organizations, the Budget Committee for Agriculture, the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, the Ministry of Environment, various research institutions such as the Norwegian Agricultural Economics Research Institute and the Division for Environmental Statistics at Statistics Norway.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 10 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

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Statistics Act Section 2-1, 2-2, 2-3

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The population is active holdings registered in the administrative Farm Register of the Norwegian Agricultural Authority, and covers all units that meet one or more conditions relating to minimum operating standards. An example of such conditions is that a holding must have at least 5 decares of agricultural area in use.

The majority of the data comes directly from respondents who fill out forms for the annual agricultural survey. The Agricultural Register provides information on the size of the agricultural and forest area, persons associated with the property/holding and what their association is with the property/holding.

Each year a sample is drawn from the Farm Register for the Survey of Agriculture. The size of the sample varies between 10 000 and 12 000 active holdings, stratified by the size of estimated standard output and type of production in each county. Until 2011 the size of the agricultural area was used in stead of standard output.

Letters are sent to the holdings drawn for inclusion in the survey. The owner or holder of the property provides the data.

A number of controls and corrections are done to ensure consistency both on a single form and between forms and available register information.

The sample is stratified by location, standard output and farm type.

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Figures based on few units (holdings) are not published if this causes risk for identifying any of the units concerned, or the results are considered to be all too uncertain for giving estimates.

The statistics are basically comparable back to the end of 1940th. However, for some variables there will be a break e.g. between 1998 and 1999. The reason for this is that the method used for estimating the number of holdings from 1990 to 1998 gradually led to too high figures. This was evidently shown by the results of the complete census of agriculture for 1999.

In 2007, the question related to supplementary industries was expanded. In addition to ticking off for relevant industry, the respondents were asked to fill in the corresponding gross income. This modification may have caused a somewhat higher item non-response.

Primary data are obtained from the forms filled out by the respondents. They may contain errors made by the individual respondents when he or she filled out the form. A number of errors are discovered and corrected by those who go through forms during the revision process at Statistics Norway.

A number of errors during the collection and processing of the data are unavoidable and include errors that occur during revision, data processing errors etc. Extensive work has been carried out to reduce these errors as much as possible.

Non-response in the survey is due to the failure of individual respondents to deliver questionnaires or that a property has been sold or is no longer farmed as an independent unit.

Variance: All sample surveys will be encumbered by a certain amount of uncertainty. Generally, the fewer the observations are, the more uncertain the results. Groups based on few observations will be particularly sensitive to extreme values, i.e. values that deviate considerably from the average. Such extreme values are consequently assigned a weight equal to 1, so that they only represent themselves in the material.

Bias: All types of holdings are included in the Survey of Agriculture sample. To provide a better representation in certain counties with few holdings a higher percentage of holdings are selected in these areas.

Frame errors: The quality of the register basis from which the sample is selected also has an impact on the quality of the final result.

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