This is an archived release.
Cultural purposes accounted for 4 per cent of all expenditure
Local authorities in Norway spent on average 3.8 per cent of their net operating expenditure on cultural purposes in 2015. This represents a total of NOK 10.6 billion, and NOK 2 030 per capita.
|Local authorities’ net operating expenditure on cultural purposes, consolidated accounts||10 379||10 585|
|County authorities’ net operating expenditure on cultural purposes, consolidated accounts||1 587||1 500|
|Local authorities’ net operating expenditure on cultural purposes per capita, consolidated accounts||2 009||2 030|
|County authorities’ net operating expenditure on cultural purposes per capita, consolidated accounts||307||288|
Cultural facilities in local authorities and county authorities in Norway
Since 2014, the total amount spent on cultural purposes increased by 2 per cent. However the percentage of net operating expenditure on cultural purposes has remained stable at 3.8 per cent.
Other cultural activities including cultural centres were allocated 24 per cent of local authorities’ net expenditure for cultural purposes in 2015. Sports, including local authority sport halls, received the largest share, 32 per cent, which represents NOK 3.4 billion.
Local authorities spent an average of NOK 2 030 per capita on cultural purposes in 2015. This was an increase of NOK 21 compared to 2014 and thus represents the lowest increase in NOK per capita for several years.
County authorities - NOK 1.5 billion for cultural expenditure
The annual KOSTRA figures also include county authorities’ operating expenditures on cultural purposes. County authorities’ net operating expenditure on cultural purposes was NOK 1.5 billion in 2014, which represents 1.6 per cent of their total net operating expenditure, 0.2 percentage points lower than 2014. The county authorities spent NOK 400 million on art and cultural arrangements and NOK 401 million on museums. Public libraries received the smallest share of the cultural money in 2015.