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Public sector on Svalbard


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Key figures

15.9 %

percentage employed in central government

Share of total employment per sector (per cent), Svalbard
Share of total employment on Svalbard
Central government (incl. social security funds)16.615.9
County authority0.00.0
Enterprises owned by central government15.317.8
Enterprises owned by local government0.30.3
Private sector51.450.4

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Table 1 
Share of total employment, Svalbard and national scale

Share of total employment, Svalbard and national scale
Share of total employment on SvalbardShare of total employment on a national scaleShare of total employment on SvalbardShare of total employment on a national scale
Central government (incl. social security funds)16.610.715.911.0
County authority0.
Enterprises owned by central government15.32.617.82.7
Enterprises owned by local government0.
Private sector51.464.250.465.3

Table 2 
Revenue and expenditure regarding administration of Svalbard (NOK million)

Revenue and expenditure regarding administration of Svalbard (NOK million)
TOTAL REVENUE82133151202181
Other revenue61114107
TOTAL EXPENDITURE150229327473499
Governor of Svalbard1931407367
Public Construction and Property Management (Statsbygg)131720910
Other central governmental activities1114162221
Transport services of the Governor of Svalbard486984201207
Transfers to Longyearbyen local government5290151154177
Other expenditure77151516

Table 3 
Revenue and expenditure of central government outside The Svalbard budget.

Revenue and expenditure of central government outside The Svalbard budget.
Public Construction and Property Management (Statsbygg)49587375
Other revenue0000
The Research Council of Norway + Research fund46458555
Primary and lower secondary schools + kindergartens9000
Norwegian Meteorological Institute1301717
Norwegian Polar Institute708899101
Polar research and environmental monitoring12141442
Norwegian Mapping Authority13694261
Svalbard airport0011
Transfers to public health service on Svalbard22323647
Transfers to Kings Bay AS25285451
Transfers to Store Norske Spitsbergen Kulkompani AS0000
Transfers to Svalbard Samfunnsdrift AS0000
University of Svalbard79112129138
Other expenditure1217112427

About the statistics

The statistics show the state's income and expenses in Svalbard. In addition, the scope of public employment is shown both in Svalbard and at domestic level.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

General government

General government consists of central and local authorities and other non-commercial units that carry out a range of public tasks. Costs are covered through governmental allocations.

Public corporations

Enterprises owned by the central government, local authorities and county authorities where costs are covered through commercial activity.

Public sector

The public sector consists of the public corporations and general government.

Standard classifications

The population is based on the Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises and includes units classified as sub-sections of the public sector. Expenditure figures are based on government accounts, and employment figures are based on Statistics Norway's employment statistics.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Public sector on Svalbard
Topic: Public sector

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Responsible division

Division for Public Finance

Regional level

Svalbard. The national scale is sometimes used as a basis for comparisons.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting



Collected data is stored by the Division for public finance. It is only used for the publication of statistics.


Background and purpose

The purpose of this publication is to provide information and to increase knowledge about Svalbard and in particular the characteristics of the public sector in this archipelago. The first article was published in November 2012.

Users and applications

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Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

The publication has a connection to many of the statistics related to Svalbard. It also has a connection to other public finance and employment statistics.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act, § 2-2 and § 3-2

EEA reference




The population is limited to cover Svalbard. The national scale is used for comparisons of employment figures. The statistics cover employment, revenue and expenditure.

Data sources and sampling

Employment figures are based on publications and raw data from Statistics Norway. Revenue and expenditure figures are based on the central government's fiscal account and the Svalbard account.

These statistics are derived from the whole population.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Employment figures are calculated on the basis of data gathered for other statistics. Revenue and expenditure figures are based on publicly available data from the central government’s fiscal account.

Figures are checked against the source data and tested for reasonableness.

Some aggregations and calculations of percentages are made.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


All source data is publicly available.

Comparability over time and space

The time series for expenditure is based on sources that have been consistent over the period covered by the statistics. The time series for employment is relatively short and the data sources are consistent.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The publication is based on publicly available data that is expected to be of a high quality.

There is some uncertainty regarding some of the expenditure figures from sources outside the Svalbard account.

No other sources of error have been identified.


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