This is an archived release.
Increase in central government input
New figures for central government input show that total expenditure amounted to NOK 736.4 billion in 2007. Own production amounted to NOK 221.1 billion, an increase of 8 per cent compared to 2006.
In the StatRes system, the value of the government's production of goods and services is labeled own production , and is measured as the sum of compensation of employees, purchased goods and services and consumption of fixed capital. Central government expenditure by function shows that health was the category with the largest increase in own production in 2007 in absolute figures. The increase from 2006 was about NOK 7.4 billion, and was mainly connected to public hospitals. Measured in per cent, social protection had the largest growth.
Transfers to households are the largest expenditure component in central government measured in NOK. This includes old age and disability pensions, sickness, unemployment and education benefits, and family allowances. Transfers to households increased by NOK 11.5 billion to NOK 270.5 billion in 2007.
Decline in interest payments
There was a sharp decline in interest payments in central government in 2007. The decline was due to internal transactions in the government sector. Central government institutions and other public enterprises may place available funds in the central government budgetary account, and receive interest on the deposits. Until 2007, the Government Pension Fund - Norway had more than NOK 100 billion in deposits. This account has now been settled, and the interest paid by central government was substantially reduced in 2007.
Expenditure by ministry
Central government expenditure by ministry, excluding the National Insurance Scheme, shows that the Ministry of Health and Care Services has the highest expenditure, amounting to nearly NOK 100 billion in 2007. The Ministry of Education and Research and the Ministry of Local Government and Regional Development are the two other ministries with expenditure exceeding NOK 60 billion. In comparison, the National Insurance Scheme's total expenditure amounted to more than NOK 245 billion in 2007.
In the table showing expenditure by ministry, all units in the central government sector are classified under the ministry to which they are responsible. Transfers between central government units are not included. This means that transfers from the Ministry of Education and Research to the universities are not included. On the other hand, the universities' own expenditures are included under the Ministry of Education and Research.
The structure and responsibilities of the individual ministries are not stable over time. The figures must therefore be used with caution.
Revision of government expenditure by function
Compared to the previous release of government expenditure by function, a revision has been carried out for the accounts from 2005 onwards. This implies a break in the time series from 2004 to 2005. When revising the accounts for 2005, the following adjustments were made:
- function 03 - public order and safety: expenditure was reduced by slightly less than NOK 1.5 billion
- function 04 - economic affairs: expenditure was increased by about NOK 2.6 billion
- function 07 - health: expenditure was reduced by NOK 4.8 billion
- function 10 - social protection: expenditure was increased by NOK 4 billion