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Key figures

0.1 %

increase in domestic freight transport

Transported volume and transport performance, passengers ands goods
2016Per cent
2015 - 20162011 - 2016
Due to underreporting, a correction has been made in the figures for domestic freight transport 23 August 2017.
Passenger transport
Passengers (boardings)74 295 0920.625.1
Transport performance (passenger-kms)3 695 387 3223.920.1
Transport of goods
Quantity of goods (tons)33 971 9297.620.0
Transport performance (tonne-kms)3 668 357 5124.92.6

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Table 1 
Transported volume and transport performance, goods national and international

Transported volume and transport performance, goods national and international
2016Per cent
2015 - 20162012 - 2016
Due to underreporting, a correction has been made in the figures for domestic freight transport 23 August 2017.
Quantity of goods (tonnes)
Total33 971 9297.612.2
National10 705 9120.113.5
International23 266 01711.411.6
From Norway2 709 631-11.451.5
To Norway20 556 38615.37.9
Total3 668 357 5124.95.1
National2 591 982 2045.42.4
International1 076 375 3083.512.3
From Norway146 205 465-35.69.9
To Norway930 169 84314.412.7

Table 2 
Passenger transport by rail, by type of route

Passenger transport by rail, by type of route
PassengersTransport performance
1 000 faresShare1 000 passenger kmsShare
Due to underreporting, a correction has been made in the figures for domestic freight transport 23 August 2017.
All routes74 295100.03 695 387100.0
Local trains - all routes57 92778.01 648 78644.6
Lokal trains Oslo43 36558.41 038 17128.1
Airport Express6 4498.7336 6589.1
Gjøvik line1 4071.969 0151.9
Local trains Stavanger3 7135.072 4332.0
Local trains Bergen1 7312.362 4051.7
Local trains Trondheim1 2621.770 1051.9
Regional trains - all short routes1 7552.4103 6472.8
The Røros Railway4480.657 2961.6
The Flåm Railway9271.220 3840.6
Other regional train routes - short routes3810.525 9670.7
InterCity - All routes10 55314.2769 51520.8
InterCity - Oslo - Halden2 3423.2185 7605.0
InterCity - Oslo-Lillehammer3 3284.5263 7237.1
InterCity - Oslo-Skien4 8836.6320 0328.7
Night trains and long-distance traffic - all train routes3 5204.71 122 44730.4
The Sørland Railway1 0151.4289 7537.8
The Bergen Railway1 2091.6371 26510.0
The Dovre Railway8001.1303 2658.2
The Nordland Railway4970.7158 1644.3
Boundary crossing trains5390.750 9921.4

About the statistics

Rail goods and passenger transport in Norway. Transport by foreign companies and cross-border traffic are included.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

National transport: Transport by rail between two places in the reporting country; one place for loading/embarking and one place for unloading/disembarking.

International transport: Transport by rail between a place (for loading/embarking or unloading disembarking) in the reporting country and a place (for loading/embarking or unloading/ disembarking) in another country.

Transit: Transport through the reporting country between two places located outside the reporting country.

TEU - Twenty-foot Equivalent Unit:* A standard unit based on an ISO container 20 feet long (6,10 meters).

Weight: Gross weight including packaging and the tare weight.

Tonne-kilometre:. The transport of one tonne over one kilometre (actually run).

Type of commodity: Based on the NST/R 2007 nomenclature.

Dangerous goods: Based on the ADR classification.

Passenger: The number of trips.

Passenger-kilometres: In principle the sum total of the kilometres travelled by each passenger.

Standard classifications

NST/R and ADR (see 4.1.)

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Rail transport
Topic: Transport and tourism

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Responsible division

Transport, tourism and ICT statistics

Regional level

Nuts II-level every fifth year.

Frequency and timeliness

Quarterly and annually.

International reporting

Transmission of data to Eurostat.


Microdata are stored in Oracle databases, and production data are stored as SAS files. Historical data are stored as ASCII files on UNIX.


Background and purpose

The EU is working towards a more comprehensive use of intermodal transport as a means to reduce transport by lorry to the 1998-level. Consequently, there is a need to establish adequate statistics for all modes of transport, including transport by rail.

Users and applications

The statistics will in addition to being published separately, be used in the calculations of the domestic transport performances. The statistics are used by several users, including research institutes and government authorities.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 8 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

The rail statistics are used as input data in several statistics produced in Statistics Norway, for instance in the calculation of the quarterly national accounts and the annual calculation of the transport performance by mode of transport.

Legal authority

§ 2-2 and 2-3 of the Statistics Act.

EEA reference

Council Regulation (EC) no. 91/2003.

Commission Regulation (EC) no. 1192/2003.



The statistics include all approved rail operators, i.e. all commercial transport by rail including possible private own enterprises. The suburban railways and urban tramways are not included.

Data sources and sampling

Questionnaires completed by all operators.

Full count.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

There are quite few operators. All editing is therefore carried out manually.

The survey is based on a full count. Partial withdrawals are very rare. Few variables must be estimated by Statistics Norway. However, passenger figures by nationality have to be estimated based on other sources.

Seasonal adjustment



The principal rule of the Statistics Act is that information shall under no circumstances be published in such a way that it may be traced back to the supplier of any data or to any other identifiable individual. In agreement with the rail operators, an exception has been made to this rule.

Comparability over time and space

The statistics are fairly new and few alterations have been done in the EC-Regulation. In addition, very few and small operators have entered the market since 2003. The comparability in the time series from 2003 is thus good.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

The questionnaires are reviewed thoroughly, and errors are rectified during this process.


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