New figures from the accommodation statistics show that there were 36.1 million Notice the difference between “guest nights” and “guest”. One guest may have several guest nights at The numbers refer to hotels, short-term holiday dwellings, camping sites, and youth hostels in 2022. There were 27.1 million guest nights in 2021.

–  There was an increased willingness to travel domestically in 2022 compared to 2021. At the same time foreign guest nights tripled, says senior adviser Kristin Aasestad in Statistics Norway.

Norwegian guest nights increased by 7.5 percent, compared to 2019.

Figure 1. Overnight stays by country of residence. 2017-2022

Record for Norwegian guest nights at hotels

During 2022 there were over 18.4 million Norwegian guest nights at hotels. This was the highest number ever recorded by Statistics Norway for Norwegian guest nights in a single year. Foreign guest nights at hotels were three times higher than in 2021, but did not return to pre-pandemic levels. For every month, since the reopening in February last year, there have been more Norwegian guest nights compared to the corresponding month in 2019. Guest nights in 2022 were more evenly distributed throughout the year, just as before the pandemic.

Figure 2. Norwegian guest nights at hotels. 2019-2022

Are the sales figure for the accommodation activity, not including any breakfast or other extra services, even though they might be included in the price of the stay. Sales are published without any VAT at Norwegian hotels in 2022 increased by 17 percent compared to 2019. At the same time, guest nights in this period decreased by 4.5 percent. Corrected for The number of overnight stays varies during the year and the pattern is repeated every year. Seasonal adjustment is used to remove what we call seasonal variations, such as public holidays from monthly time series. The adjustment removes the effects of these fluctuations, giving a clearer picture of the time series the revenue since April 2022 has been higher than before the pandemic.

Figure 3. Revenue (1 000 NOK). Seasonally adjusted. December 2017- December 2022¹

¹March 2020 and following months are defined as extreme values in the seasonal adjustment routine. Smoothed adjusted values have therefeore been excluded from March 2020 to March 2022

Foreigners return to camping sites and holiday dwellings

There were almost 8.4 million guest nights at Norwegian camping sites in 2022. This represents a 4.6 percent increase from 2021. There were 5.8 million Norwegian guest nights, a decrease of 19 percent compared to 2021. An increase of 1.7 million foreign guest nights compensated for the decrease of Norwegian guest nights.

Guest nights at All types of establishments with a rental unit (apartments, huts etc.) with self-catering and limited service. Stays are short-term increased for both Norwegian and foreign guest nights with 45 000 and 1.1 million guest nights respectively.

Regional differences

Guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments increased across all counties last year compared to 2021. The largest increases were in Oslo and Svalbard, the same regions that were hit hardest by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021. The increase in Norwegian guest nights was highest in Oslo, while Norwegian guest nights decreased in Nordland, Møre og Romsdal, Innlandet and Agder. Foreign guest nights increased in all counties, with the highest increases in Vestland and Oslo.

Figure 4. Change in guest nights by county. 2021 - 2022

Increased guest nights in December

There were 1.7 million guest nights at commercial accommodation establishments in December 2022. This was an increase of 36 percent compared to December 2021.

–  Hotels contributed the most to the increase. The tourism industry had a good start to December 2021, before the outbreak of the omicron variant led to further restrictions. These had a major impact on accommodation establishments, says Kristin Aasestad.

Norwegian guest nights at hotels increased by 40 percent from December 2021 to December 2022. Foreign guest nights increased by 76 percent.

There were small increases at camping sites and holiday dwellings compared to December 2021, with 6.6 and 1.0 percent respectively.

In accordance with definitions from Eurostat, refugees should be excluded from tourism statistics and not be considered as guests in the context of tourism statistics when they stay at a tourist accommodation establishment. Refugees from Ukraine cannot be assigned by purpose as holiday, occupation or course, conference. It was not possible to extract all refugees guest nights and some stays are included in the statistics. For accommodation establishments that have more than 25 guest nights from Ukraine during the month, the guest nights have been removed from the statistic. Establishments that are exclusively hosting refugees are not included in the statistics.

Seasonally adjusted figures for accommodation statistics were first introduced with the publication of the January 2022 statistics. Monthly time series are often characterized by considerable seasonal variations, which might complicate their interpretation. Seasonal adjustment removes the effects of these fluctuations, giving a clearer picture of the time series