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Reports 2020/48

Classification of Norwegian municipalities by population size and economic workload 2020

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The purpose of this report is to classify Norwegian municipalities according to three dimensions: Population size, economic workload, and economic capacity. The measures of economic workload and capacity are estimated in a model of local government spending behaviour and depend on characteristics such as local government incomes, socio-demographic and geographic variables. The classification includes 17 groups. The resulting classification is largely based on data for 2018, whereas the included municipal units refer to the structure that emerges in 2020 after the local public amalgamation reform. This reform reduces the number of units from 422 to 356 municipalities.

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