Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing;Nature and the environment

Agricultural area and livestock (discontinued)31 July 2000, preliminary figures


About the statistics


Name and topic

Name: Agricultural area and livestock (discontinued)
Topic: Agriculture, forestry, hunting and fishing

Responsible division

Division for Primary Industry Statistics

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Not relevant

Standard classifications

Not relevant

Administrative information

Regional level

County. Municipality.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


Primary data is stored at Statistics Norway.


Background and purpose

The purpose is to chart the extent of area use and livestock keeping at the municipal level. Information from this register has been used since 1984.

Users and applications

The statistics are used by the Norwegian Institute for Land Inventory (NIJOS), Norwegian Agricultural Economic Research Institute (NILF), public enterprises at the municipal and county level, the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Environment, in research and by agricultural organizations.

Coherence with other statistics

Not relevant

Legal authority

Statistics Act §§2-1, 3-2.

EEA reference

Not relevant



The population covers everyone who applies for agricultural production subsidies as of 31 July. Those who do not have the right to production subsidies or do not apply for other reasons are not covered by the statistics.

Data sources and sampling

The administrative record of everyone who applies for an agricultural production subsidy from the Norwegian Agricultural Authority is the compilation basis of the statistics. The register contains information on area use and the number of livestock on holdings.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The Agricultural Authority in the municipality shall ensure that the applications are in compliance with production subsidy regulations. Five per cent of the applications are also selected for special control. The control shall cover all reports submitted by the applicant on physical censuses of animals and measuring of areas. A number of machine controls are also carried out in the material. Statistics Norway also runs some machine controls upon receipt of the data material.


Figures are not presented if there is a risk of identifying any unit.

Comparability over time and space

Since 1984 the statistics on area use and livestock keeping are based on applications for production subsidies.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Not relevant