Transport and tourism
StatRes gives information on the governmental activity within administrating the railway infrastructure, the operational management of trains and assigning routes and what this input provides in terms of activities and services, and what outcomes can be seen from the input. A quadrupling of investments.

Norwegian National Rail Administration - StatRes (discontinued)2013


About the statistics


Name and topic

Name: Norwegian National Rail Administration - StatRes (discontinued)
Topic: Transport and tourism

Responsible division

Transport, Tourism and ICT Statistics

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Periodical accounts: The expenditures are booked on the settlement day and the revenues when they are earned.

Cash flow accounting: The expenditures and earnings are booked on the settlement day.

Operating expenditures: Includes compensation of employees, the use of goods and services, depreciations and other operating expenditures.

Personnel costs: Include wages, vacation allowance, payroll tax, pension, sickness benefits and other reimbursements and other payments to the staff.

Acquisition of goods: For use in the production including repairs and maintenance. Depreciation: Calculated reduction of fixed assets due to use and age.

Capital/assets: Fixed assets and inventory.

Man-years: Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves.

Regularity: The number of trains driven in per cent of the number of planned trains driven.

Punctuality: The number of trains keeping the scheduled time at the final station in per cent of all driven trains. For regional, airport and suburban services, a margin three minutes is allowed. For all other trains, the margin is five minutes.

Uptime: Planned train hours for goods and passenger traffic reduced by the number of delayed hours caused by infrastructural circumstances in per cent of the number of planned train hours for goods and passenger trains.

Main track: Track on the line allowing the operation of trains and connecting two stations.

Double track: Section of the line where traffic can be performed on one main track in one direction and on another main track in the opposite direction.

Platform according to universal design: The measure of accessibility does only consider to what degree the platforms are in compliance with the new standards for height (76 centimetres).

Killed person: People who dies immediately or within 30 days from injuries related to the railway accident.

Seriously injured: A person who where hospitalized and had to stay there for at least 24 hours as a result of the railway accident.

Quality of the track: Based on the allowed speed, the track is divided in five classes of quality. Within each of the quality classes there are requirements to the geometry and location of the track. The quality of the track is given by a figure indicating to what extent the measured values of the track are within the limits of quality.

Level crossing: Crossing between railway and road on the same level.

Passing loops: Track on the station used for loops.

Line: Two main types of lines are used: 1. Rail line (for example when calculating the length of the track and counting the number of level crossings). 2. Train line (for example when calculating the fastest train and shortest time of travel).

Nordland line: Trondheim – Bodø (1 and 2) Sørland line: Drammen – Stavanger (1) and Oslo – Stavanger (2) Dovre line: Eidsvoll – Trondheim (1) and Oslo – Trondheim (2) Røros line: Hamar – Støren (1) and Hamar - Røros (2) Bergen line: Hønefoss – Bergen (1) and Oslo – Bergen (2) Østfold line: Oslo – Halden (1 og 2) Vestfoldline: Drammen – Eidanger (1) and Oslo – Skien (2) Gjøvik line: Oslo – Gjøvik (1 og 2) Kongsvinger line: Lillestrøm – Charlottenberg border (1) and Oslo - Kongsvinger (2) Main line: Oslo – Eidsvoll (1 og 2) Gardermoen line: Etterstad – Eidsvoll (1) and Oslo – Eidsvoll (2) Drammen line: Oslo – Drammen (1 og 2)

So far the definitions are based on data reported by Norwegian National Rail Administration. Statistics Norway has however added some supplementary data showing the demand of railway services. These indicators are defined below and are published in StatRes as related indicators. Rail transport statistics based on data from the transport operators is published separately by Statistics Norway .

Tonnage carried: Gross weight of the goods transported, including packaging.

Transport performance (tonne-kilometres): Tonnage carried on one journey multiplied by distance driven. The movement of one tonne of goods along a distance of one kilometre makes one tonne-kilometre.

Passenger: The number of travels.

Passenger kilometres: The number of passengers multiplied with the length of that journey, i.e. the total length of fare for all transport users of rail.

Standard classifications

The population is classified according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SN2007).

Administrative information

Regional level

Selected main tracks.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant.


The microdata used in StatRes are stored in a standardised manner as recommended by the Norwegian Data Inspectorate.


Background and purpose

The purpose of StatRes is to show the level of central government input, what this input provides in terms of activities and services in the various government activities, and what outcomes can be seen from the input. The aim is to provide the general public and the authorities with more knowledge of state-run activities.

The StatRes project was started in 2005 and the first figures were published in October 2007. StatRes became further extended in 2008 with Norwegian National Rail Administration among others. StatRes is developed in cooperation with the Ministry of Government Administration and Reform, which has also financed parts of the project.

Users and applications

StatRes’ target group are users of statistics with some knowledge of and interest in central government activities who require information about the use of resources, activities, services and outcome of state activities. Such users could be the general public, the media, politicians, pupils and students. StatRes shall also provide the authorities with information which supplements other information used in the administration of central government activities.

Coherence with other statistics

Norwegian National Rail Administration is included as a part of the division other supporting transport activities in the public and private non-financial corporation sector of the national accounts. The central government fiscal accounts (White paper no. 3) are used as source for the accounts. Norwegian National Rail Administration is thus not a part of the civil service in the national accounts.

Legal authority

Statistics Act sections 2.2.

EEA reference

Not relevant.



The statistics includes Norwegian National Rail Administration’s activities as an administrator of the railway infrastructure, as operational manager of trains and as route assigner.

Norwegian National Rail Administration takes part in a pilot project, managed by The Ministry of Finance, in developing a periodical accounts for public enterprices. As from 2005 Norwegian National Rail Administration has kept accounts based on the preliminary standards developed for this type of accounts (in addition to keep the normal cash flow accounting). The figures referred to in the statistics are in accordance with the periodical annual accounts.

The testing of the periodical accounts in this pilot does not result in any administrational changes from superior level. The adoptions in the government budget are still to be based on the cash flow accounting. The periodical accounts will give additional information about depreciations in the enterprise.

Data sources and sampling

Norwegian National Rail Administration is the source for the data with exception for data about personnel (man-years) and production (data about the demand for transport by rail).

Man-year statistics: Register-based employment statistics in Statistics Norway are based on individual register data from several registers. Information related to employees and employment is collected from the Register of Employers and Employees (the National Insurance Administration), the End of the Year Certificate Register and the Tax Register (the Directorate of Taxes), and payroll registers. Variables concerning the enterprises, such as industry and institutional sector, are collected from the Central Register of Establishments and Enterprises (BoF). Additional information is collected from registers about persons engaged in job creation programmes, maternity payments and cash benefits for parents (the National Insurance Administration), as well as Statistics Norway’s register on doctor-certified sickness absence. The definition of employment is based on a number of different sources and Statistics Norway has developed a system for common utilization of these sources.

Production: Data about tonnes, tonne-kilometres, passengers and passenger kilometres are from Statistics Norway rail transport statistics.

Not relevant.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The form is sent by e-mail from Norwegian National Rail Administration to Statistics Norway.

No electronic control of the data is done when received. A visual inspection however of the data soon show if figures are missing or the values are unreasonable. The accounting figures are also verified by comparing to the parliamentary bill nr. 1 of The Ministry of Transport and Communication.

Man-years statistics: For the three most central registers concerning the production of the statistics, the following checks and revision is used: The National Insurance Administration conducts an annual control of the Register of Employers and Employees. Employers using manual reporting, receive lists over all individuals registered with an active employment. Errors are reported to the Social Security offices. Statistics Norway controls that enterprises with more than one establishment have separate numbers for each, and that the employees are registered on the establishment in which they work. This is important in order to ensure correct information about industry and location of the workplace. Statistics Norway also controls the Register of Employees by comparing it with the End of the Year Certificate Register, etc.

Man-years statistics: Contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves is estimated as the number of full-time and part-time jobs calculated as full-time equivalents adjusted for doctor-certified sickness absence and maternity leave.

Man-years are estimated as percentage share of ordinary full-time job (37,5 hours per week). The register information about contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves is collected during a week in November, and it is assumed that this information is representative for the whole year. The estimated number of contracted man-years adjusted for long term leaves will not be identical to the actual number of man-years worked, since the statistics does not capture overtime work, self-reported sickness absence, vacations, and others deviations from contracted man-years than maternity leave and doctor-certified sickness absence.


Not relevant.

Comparability over time and space

Most of the figures are given for each of the years from 2005, thus giving the possibility to make comparisons based on this short time series.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The statistics is based on information from one administrative body - Norwegian National Rail Administration. Statistics Norway has examined the reported figures. If relevant, the reported figures are also verified by comparing to Norwegian National Rail Administrations own statistics and the parliamentary bill no. 1 of The Ministry of Transport and Communication.

Not relevant.

Not relevant.

None known.