NOK 185 000 per inhabitant
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Central government units, expenditure (discontinued)2010



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NOK 185 000 per inhabitant

Total expenditure for the central government amounted to NOK 907 billion in 2010. This corresponds to NOK 185 000 per inhabitant.

Total expenditure per inhabitant was distributed among the five divisions of services as follows:

  • Health and social services - NOK 101 000
  • Financial affairs, external affairs and administration - NOK 43 000
  • Education and research, culture, church and environmental protection - NOK 15 000
  • Transport, communication and other economic affairs - NOK 14 000
  • Defence, public order and safety - NOK 12 000

Transfers to other sectors of the economy amounted to NOK 640 billion, which means that more than 70 per cent of central government expenditure was cash transfers in 2010. Social benefits to households, administered by The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV ), constituted the largest portion of the transfers. In 2010, NAV benefits totalled NOK 339 billion - about 53 per cent of total transfers. Other significant transfers were grants to the local government sector and foreign economic aid.

Own production expenditure dominated by public hospitals

In the StatRes system, the value of the government's production of goods and services is labelled own production, and is measured as the sum of wage costs and purchased goods and services. Regarding 2010, own production is calculated to NOK 238 billion, and constituted 26 per cent of total expenditure. More than one third of own production expenditure, or NOK 86 billion, was related to public hospitals ( the Specialist Health Service ). Other notable units are the Norwegian Armed Forces and Universities and colleges - both with own production in excess of NOK 25 billion. Read more about activities and services of the largest government units on the StatRes main page .

Modest increase in expenditure

Total expenditure rose by less than 4 per cent from 2009 to 2010. This is considerably lower than the previous years. Among the reasons for this is the transfer of responsibility for a large share of public roads from the central government to the county authorities. As a consequence, own production and investments both decreased in The Norwegian Public Roads Administration . In addition, an accounting adjustment due to the pension reform results in reduced own production expenditure in public hospitals.

2 300 more man-years

The total number of positions in central government was 279 400 in November 2010. Ninety-six per cent of these positions were main positions. When adjusted for long-term leave and part-time jobs calculated as full-time equivalents, this corresponds to 223 600 contracted man-years. This is 2 300 more man-years than the previous year.

More women than men and 8 per cent immigrants

Almost 60 per cent of those employed in main positions in central government were women. In comparison, the share of women was slightly less than 80 per cent in the municipalities, 57 per cent in the county municipalities and 37 per cent in the private sector.

Eight per cent of those employed in central government were immigrants. In comparison, the share of immigrants was approximately 12 per cent in the private sector. The difference in the share of immigrants between the central government and the private sector rose from 2009 to 2010.

Population in the employment statistics

The employment statistics include employed persons aged 15 years or older who work in Norway.