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Road traffic accidents involving personal injury


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persons were killed in road traffic accidents in 2017

Persons killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents
2017Average last 5 years
KilledSeverely injuredKilledSeverely injured
Corrected 29 May 2018 at 3.30 pm.
Group of road user
Drivers of car5122265231
Passengers of car129421101
Drivers and passengers on motorcycle and moped2115522145
Cyclists, pedestrians and persons sledging2017624184
0-15 years428438
16-24 years1312625127
25-44 years2417531189
45-64 years3320643207
65 years or older3212936116
Unknown age0101

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Table 1 
Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by sex and age.

Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by sex and age.
KilledAll injuredSeverely injured
Both sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemalesBoth sexesMalesFemales
Corrected 29 May 2018 at 3.30 pm.
Total10674325 2623 1282 134665450215
0-5 years211432419440
6-15 years211255132123241113
16-17 years22035922813148408
18-19 years54138322216120137
20-24 years660608359249584513
25-34 years1064833513320866323
35-44 years14113731430301896128
45-54 years191457604672931158332
55-64 years14122575352223916526
65-74 years1367380205175623626
75-84 years14104230112118542232
85 years or older5144625211367
Unknown age00059590110

Table 2 
Persons killed or injured, by group of road user and age.

Persons killed or injured, by group of road user and age.
TotalDrivers of carPassengers of carDrivers and passenger onPedestriansPersons sledgingOthers
Motor cycleMopedCycle
Corrected 29 May 2018 at 3.30 pm.
Persons killed
0-5 years201000100
6-15 years201001000
16-17 years200110000
18-19 years541000000
20-24 years630300000
25-34 years1061200100
35-44 years1480401100
45-54 years1971703001
55-64 years1471202200
65-74 years1371100400
75-84 years1493001001
85 years or older502001200
Unknown age000000000
Persons injured
20165 5392 6761 137494239490406295
20175 2622 5511 127452241410378895
0-5 years430270031210
6-15 years255213064575501
16-17 years359780951341018015
18-19 years383218108151851216
20-24 years6083341533214283809
25-34 years83348315074115147215
35-44 years73142711146236937018
45-54 years76038911710318833938
55-64 years575295101608693219
65-74 years38020980163273807
75-84 years230122574463502
85 years or older4618120001501
Unknown age59471142004

Table 3 
People killed or injured, by group of road user. County

People killed or injured, by group of road user. County
Fatal accidents, totalPersons killed
TotalDrivers of carPassengers of carDrivers and passengers onPedestriansPersons sledgingOther
Light MotorcycleOther motorcycleMopedCycle
Corrected 29 May 2018 at 3.30 pm.
The whole contry1021065112218191102
Sogn og Fjordane55300002000
Møre og Romsdal77120210100
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)77700000000
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)45410000000
Troms - Romsa46230100000
Finnmark - Finnmárku22200000000
Accidents, totalPersons injured
The whole contry4 0865 2622 5511 127134318241410378895
Sogn og Fjordane9612764422622405
Møre og Romsdal2543041725612208151704
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)2543291476472022412206
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)8010362204335204
Troms - Romsa111146744221730512
Finnmark - Finnmárku526842133230203

Table 4 
Persons killed or injured, by age. County

Persons killed or injured, by age. County
Total0-5 years6-15 years16-17 years18-19 years20-24 years25-34 years35-44 years45-54 years55-64 years65-74 years75-84 years85 years or olderUnknown age
Corrected 29 May 2018 at 3.30 pm.
Persons killed
The whole country1062225610141914131450
Sogn og Fjordane50001000110110
Møre og Romsdal71010121001000
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)70000111201100
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)50000001004000
Troms - Romsa60000000130110
Finnmark - Finnmárku20000100000100
Persons injured
The whole country5 262432553593836088337317605753802304659
Sogn og Fjordane1271645151518112415841
Møre og Romsdal30431419353639384132221933
Sør-Trøndelag (-2017)32921422293940544634261463
Nord-Trøndelag (-2017)103148710121519109602
Troms - Romsa1463667231420321191311
Finnmark - Finnmárku6801687571575313

Table 5 
Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road user and accident type

Persons killed or injured in road traffic accidents, by group of road user and accident type
TotalDrivers of automobilePassengers of automobileDrivers and passenger ofPedestriansPersons sledgingOthers
Light motor cycleOther motor cycleMopedCycle
Corrected 29 May 2018 at 3.30 pm.
Persons killed
 A. Rear end collision4100003000
 B. Other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction2100001000
 C. Head-on collision when overtaking0000000000
 D. Other head-on accidents483280710000
 E. Turning1010000000
 F. Crossing directions of travel2011000000
 G. Pedestrian crossing carriageway3000000300
 H. Pedestrian walking in or along carriageway8000000800
 I. Sledges etc. involved0000000000
 J. Single vehicle off the road271321902000
 K. Single vehicle overturning in carriageway. Collision with animal, parked vehicles etc.2000101000
 L. Other accidents9400102002
Persons injured
Total5 2622 5511 127134318241410378895
 A. Rear end collision92355524315432929009
 B. Other accidents with vehicles going in the same direction17870352222125003
 C. Head-on collision when overtaking351982330000
 D. Other head-on accidents90053726218211839005
 E. Turning295123399312566002
 F. Crossing directions of travel542213109192649119007
 G. Pedestrian crossing carriageway25553010224400
 H. Pedestrian walking in or along carriageway14452000313400
 I. Sledges etc. involved8000000080
 J. Single vehicle off the road1 3817813474112439120037
 K. Single vehicle overturning in carriageway. Collision with animal, parked vehicles etc.2046521143037230014
 L. Other accidents39717858141720920018

About the statistics

The statistics cover accidents reported to the police and are limited to accidents that involve at least one vehicle, and that have taken place on public or private roads, streets or places open to general traffic.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

People: People involved in accidents resulting in personal injury

Other unit: Vehicles involved in accidents resulting in personal injury

Degree of injury is broken down into: killed, very seriously injured, seriously injured and slightly injured.

Killed: People who die within 30 days after the accident from injuries related to it.

Very seriously injured: Life-threatening injuries or injuries of a permanent character.

Seriously injured: Major, but not life-threatening injuries.

Slightly injured: Minor fractures, scratches etc. Hospitalization is not required.

Severely injured: A blanket term for &“very seriously injured´´ and &“seriously injured´´.

Standard classifications

Given in the booklet Rettledning til utfylling av rapport om veitrafikkuhell (instructions on how to fill out the road traffic accident report form).

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Road traffic accidents involving personal injury
Topic: Transport and tourism

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Responsible division

Division for Energy, Environmental and Transport Statistics

Regional level

National, county, municipalities and police districts figures.

Frequency and timeliness

Figures are published monthly, approximately 2 weeks after the end of the reference month. Preliminary figures.

International reporting

Data are reported to Eurostat and International Transport Forum (formerly called ECMT).


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


Background and purpose

The purpose is to provide information about accidents on Norwegian roads.

The statistics on road traffic accidents involving personal injury and other accidents involving major material damage was established in 1939. The obligation to report to the police accidents not involving personal injury was more or less abandoned in 1957, and since 1964 only accidents involving personal injury have been included in the statistics. The form used by the police to record accidents underwent major changes in 1954 and 1964. In 1977 it was completely revised into a joint form used by the police, Statistics Norway and road authorities. A more detailed account of the development of road traffic accident statistics from 1930 to 1977 is given in the publication NOS Road Traffic Accidents 1977.

Until May 2001 the statistics were based on forms submitted by regular mail by the police authorities. From May 2001 onwards the information has been submitted electronically. The scope of the statistics has been revised several times. Further information is provided in Chapter 6.1. Spatial comparability and comparability over time.

Users and applications

The statistics are used by research institutes, international organizations, municipalities and other public agencies, mainly for studies and analyses.

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

To assess risk, the ratios of accidents to stocks of motor vehicles, vehicle-kilometres driven, type of road and population statistics by sex and age, should be considered. It is possible to merge accident data with data from other sources, for example the Norwegian Public Roads Administration’s registries of motor vehicles and driving licences.

Legal authority

Statistics Act Sections 2-2 and 3-2.

EEA reference

Council Decision (EC) no. 704/93.



The statistics only cover accidents reported to the police. Minor accidents and injuries are often not reported, and will therefore be underrepresented in the figures. The statistics are limited to accidents that involve at least one vehicle, and that have taken place on public or private roads, streets or places open to general traffic. Vehicles comprise civilian and military motor vehicles, vehicles running on rails and non-motorized vehicles. Only deaths that occur within 30 days after the date of the accident are included in the road traffic accidents statistics. To the extent that they are identified as such, accidents, injuries and deaths that happen due to seizures, suicides and suicide attempts are left out.

Data sources and sampling

The Police's database of accidents. Nordic road traffic accidents figures are obtained from Statistics Denmark, Statistics Finland and Statistics Sweden.

All accidents mentioned in 3.1 are covered by the statistics.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The data is extracted from Police's database of accident records on the first weekday of the month and submitted electronically to Statistics Norway.

All the police reports are processed in a computer program that identifies logical inconsistencies. Reports that contain such errors are subject to manual editing.

Seasonal adjustment

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Comparability over time and space

Road traffic accidents statistics provide comparable time series for the period 1977 to 2001. In 2002, those registered with unspecified degree of injury were introduced as a separate category in the statistics. They had previously been distributed among the other injury categories. Hence, from 2002 onwards the figures for degree of injury are not quite comparable with the figures from 2001 and earlier years.

When comparing road accident figures between countries, factors such as size of population, stock of vehicles, total road length and quality of roads must be taken into consideration. Certain definitions and methods of registration may vary between countries. The Nordic countries do however use the same definition of fatalities ("The 30 days rule").

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Some submitted forms are incompletely filled out, and lack information about certain variables. The police districts that have submitted such forms are contacted and asked to add the missing details during the manual editing process. Even so, residual, &“unspecified´´ categories remain a necessity in most of the tables that are published.

Special surveys have revealed that the official injury statistics far from cover all accidents involving personal injury. The extent to which accidents are reported varies with the type of accident and degree of injury. Less severe accidents often go unreported. This particularly applies to bicycle accidents, which often result in only minor injuries. Injured motorists may for various reasons choose not to report the accident to the police.

The total number of injuries includes casualties where the degree of injury has not been specified. Some people registered in this category may be uninjured, and figures are subject to change.


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