Registered vehicles

Updated: 25 March 2022

Next update: 24 March 2023

Electric passenger cars at the end of the year
Electric passenger cars at the end of the year
460 734
Registered vehicles
Registered vehicles1
2021Change in per centChange in per cent
2020 - 20212016 - 2021
Private cars2 2 893 9872.57.8
Electric cars460 73435.5372.4
Vans507 9112.410.1
Lorries69 931-1.0-7.1
Busses14 883-3.5-8.5
Tractors306 8692.611.5
Special purpose vehicles6 219-1.3-18.9
Mopeds154 102-1.4-13.6
Light motor cycles31 6655.027.7
Heavy motor cycles183 6743.526.2
Snow scooters96 0242.811.9
Trailers1 554 6512.413.9
1The statistics count all registered vehicles as of 31 December
2Includes ambulances, combined vehicles and motor homes
Explanation of symbols

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

About the statistics

The purpose of the statistics is to show the structure and development of the vehicle fleet, including the number of vehicles by manufacturer and fuel type. The statistics also provide information on the average age of owners of passenger cars and vans and on the number of cars that are scrapped under the refund scheme.

Carrying capacity

Carrying capacity is the differnce between the maximum permissible weight of the vehicle and the sum of the unladen weight of the vehicle and the weight of driver (75 kg).

Total weight of the vehicle

The maximum permissible weight of the vehicle included people and goods.

Combined vehicle

Vehicle mainly with the purpose of transporting passengers and goods, and with at least one row of seats behind the driver's seat and a complete, solid wall between driver's-/passengers room and the room or platform for goods.

Other lorries

Cover recovery vehicles, concrete-mixer lorries, cesspool emptiers, refuse collection trucks, refrigerator vehicles etc.


Distribution on region refers to the address of the owner of the vehicle as registered in The Register of Vehicles at the Directorate of Public Roads. This is not always corresponding with the county/municipality where the vehicle is in use. This applies particularly to vehicles owned by a leasing company.

The vehicle groups are given in and defined in the Norwegian regulation for vehicles.

Name: Registered vehicles

Topic: Transport and tourism

24 March 2023

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

County or municipality.

Frequency: Annual

Timeliness: The statistics on registered vehicles refers to 31 December, while the statistics on cars scrapped for refund is a sum for the calendar year. The statistics is published 15-17 weeks after the end of the year.

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Encrypted production data are stored at micro level.

The purpose is to provide information about the stock of vehicles and about the number of cars that have been scrapped through the refund programme introduced on 1st May 1978.

The statistics on registered goods vehicles were disused in 2003 but some of the tables are continued here. The statistics on cars scrapped for refund were established in 1985 and as from 2007 it was published together with the statistics on registered vehicles.

The statistics are used by environmental authorities and organisations, professional organisations and others interested in information about the age and structure of the stock of vehicles in Norway. There is a great deal of interest in statistics describing the stock of vehicles, especially from people dealing with traffic safety and environmental issues. The statistics also provide an important basis for estimating domestic transport performances.

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on at 08 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.

Figures on the stock of passenger cars distributed on municipality are published in KOSTRA (Transport).

Key figures for first registration of passenger cars are published monthly as part of business cycles indicators .

Some main tables are published in Statistical Yearbook .

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The statistics on registered vehicles cover vehicles with mounted number plates as of 31 December. It cover vehicles with all kinds of Norwegian number plates except trade plates.

The statistics on cars scrapped for refund cover private cars and vans with a total weight of less than 3.5 tonnes.

The Register of Vehicles at the Directorate of Public Roads and vehicle refund data from the Directorate of Customs and Excise. The Register of Vehicles contains technical and other information about vehicle stocks in Norway. The vehicle refund data contain information on the number of scrapped vehicles as well as the scrapping date. Via the number plates of the scrapped vehicles it is possible to obtain valuable information on the specific vehicles removed from traffic.

Data file from The Register of Vehicles at the Directorate of Public Roads covering a situational report on the 31st of December

Data file from the Directorate of Customs and Excise covering the total summary of vehicles scrapped for refund during the last calendar year.

The results are checked against the numbers published by the Directorate of Public Roads.

The statistics are estimated by counting vehicles fulfilling the given criteria. For private cars and vans the average age is estimated.

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For the statistics on cars scrapped for refund comparable statistics are given back to 1985. Figures for scrapped vehicles 1999-2003 have been corrected. Previously these tables included vehicles where the numberplate had been dismounted in the last six years. From 2004 all tables include vehicles where the numberplate had been dismounted after 1977.

Mistakes may occur when registration information is punched at the time of registration of new vehicles or re-registration of already registered vehicles.

Loading of data in the AUTOSYS-database is done via online connection, and problems with delayed registration are considered as minimal.

In evaluating the material, the makes' market share over time should be taken into consideration. It must also be emphasized that the average age of scrapped vehicles of different makes cannot necessarily be used as an estimate of theNot relevant age of the corresponding vehicles manufactured today.

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