More guest nights in January


Guest nights increased by 9.3 per cent in January this year, compared to the same month the year before. All types of accommodation had more guest nights.

Recent figures from the accommodation statistics show that there were 1.9 million guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in January 2020, an increase of 162 000. Two-thirds of this increase was due to more Norwegian guest nights.

Figure 1. All establishments. Guest nights in January

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Total 1637094 1646415 1642001 1789475 1793734 1877566
Norway 1282262 1281225 1225984 1409257 1381286 1370525
Foreign 354832 365190 416017 380218 412448 507041

Increase at hotels

During January there were 1.6 million guest nights at hotels in Norway. This is an increase of 8.9 per cent compared to last year’s January. Both Norwegian and foreign guest nights increased, by respectively 7.3 and 14 per cent.

Increase in foreign guest nights in Svalbard

Foreign guest nights rose sharply, 38 per cent, but a decline of guest nights from Norway gave an overall increase of 3.9 per cent in Svalbard.

More guest nights at holiday dwellings

The total number of guest nights at holiday dwellings and youth hostels rose by 11 per cent in January 2020.

  • 188 000 guest nights in January 2020
  • Norwegian guest nights increased by 13 per cent
  • Foreign guest nights increased by 10 per cent 

Increase at camping sites too

  • 106 000 guest nights in January 2020
  • 12 per cent increase since January 2019
  • Norwegian guest nights increased by 17 per cent
  • Foreign guest nights declined by 13 per cent

Figure 2. Share of total guest nights by establishment in January 2020

Hotels 85 % Camping sites 6 % Holiday dwellings & Hostels 10 %
85 6 10

Changes due to regional changes in Norway

In January 2020 13 counties became 6 new ones, and we now have 11 counties in Norway. The publication of statistics from January 2020 and onward will use the new counties, which were valid from 2020. The statistics will be published with total guest nights on municipalities, where several have been merged together in order to publish figures. There will also be published figures on total arrivals, not only on hotels from 2020. In order to provide figures by county for all accommodation types, it has been necessary to merge holiday dwellings and youth hostels.

Statistics Norway will not publish figures on new counties from previous years, and there will be a break in several tables.