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Adult education, accredited web-based schools (discontinued)

The statistics has been discontinued.



Key figures

20 608

course participations in accredited web-based schools

Course participations by completion and level1
 TotalPer cent
 In totalCompletedNot completedOngoing
1The year (e.g. 2017-2018) refers to the period from 1 July to 30 June (e.g. 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018).
Corrected 10 March 2020.
Alle levels20 60827.520.552.0
Upper secondary schools18 10122.622.355.1
Tertiary vocational education31699.70.3-
University and college level8813.66.879.5
Other educational programmes2 10359.38.232.5

See selected tables from this statistics

Table 1 
Course participations by completion and institution

Course participations by completion and institution1
In totalCompletedNot completedOngoing
1The year (e.g. 2017-2018) refers to the period from 1 July to 30 June (e.g. 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018).
Total, institutions20 6165 6694 22110 726
ABC-company E-skuvla AS....
Akademiet Nettstudier14 7993 3433 7647 692
Norwegian School of Management - Banking and Finance....
Campus NooA AS38165123193
eCademy AS2626--
Folkeuniversitetet netstudies76914578546
The Aviation School of Norway44--
NKI distance education3 4451 4412511 753
Høyskolen Kristiania Nettstudier275275--
Norwegian Net School AS14104-
Senter for eiendomsfag....
Global Learning AS (iFokus)5734122

Table 2 
Course participations by levels and years

Course participations by levels and years1
 Years, totalLess than 30 years30-49 years50 years or older
1The year (e.g. 2017-2018) refers to the period from 1 July to 30 June (e.g. 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018).
Corrected 10 March 2020.
Alle levels20 60813 5646 275769
Upper secondary schools18 10112 8044 807490
Tertiary vocational education31610319023
University and college level88156112
Other educational programmes2 1036421 217244

About the statistics

The statistics cover participation in web-based courses provided by accredited web-based schools


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Accredited web-based schools: Online schools accredited according to Norwegian Adult Education Act

Subject: The courses are grouped by school subjects in accordance with Norwegian educational terms.

Level: The online schools can offer tuition at primary, secondary and tertiary education level. The schools also offer a range of courses that are not ranked according to level.

Completion: Used for students who have attained a qualification or in some other way met the requirements for students undertaking the relevant education.

Adult education: Education specially aimed at adults.

Distance education: Education with a high degree of flexibility that enables teachers and students to correspond independently in terms of time and space. Tuition is arranged in different ways; for example by mail, telephone, fax, TV, video, data conferences or via the Internet, and often as a combination of these alternatives.

Standard classifications

The educational activity is grouped according to the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education, which was created by Statistics Norway in 1970. The standard has been revised, most recently in 2000.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Adult education, accredited web-based schools (discontinued)
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Regional level

The figures are given on national and county level.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


All distance education statistics in Statistics Norway are properly stored and treated in a safe and secure manner in consultation with the Data Inspectorate of Norway.


Background and purpose

The main purpose of the statistics is to show different aspects of education arranged by accredited web-based schools. The aim is to show the scope of course activities, course levels and choice of subjects broken down by age and gender.

The statistics are individually based, and most educational activities are connected to a personal ID number.

The statistics on online schools were introduced in 2011. The statistics on course activities for independent distance teaching institutions were introduced in 1998 and discontinued in 2011.

Users and applications

Users are the Ministry of Education and Research, other public services, research institutions, the media, Skills Norway, the Fleksibel utdanning  and the accredited web-based schools themselves.

Equal treatment of users

Not relevant

Coherence with other statistics

These statistics are a part of the statistics on adult education in Norway.

Legal authority

Section 2-2 of Act no. 54 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway of 16 June 1989, Act no. 95 relating to adult education of 19 June 2009, and Chapter 3, Section 14 of Regulation no. 1661 on adult education associations and online schools of 18 December 2009.

EEA reference

Not relevant



All accredite web-based schools are required to report activities to Statistics Norway. The data are reported at individual level with the associated information on the education offer to the individual pupil/student. Reported data relate to pupils/students attending an education programme on 1 October (discontinued from 2018) in the scholastic year and their results from the educational programmes the previous year.

Data sources and sampling

Statistics Norway receives the data directly from each of the accredited schools.

Full count.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The data is sent electronically by the online schools and collected once a year after the count day .

All data files received are subject to various controls, such as deleting duplicates and checking variables for valid values. Where errors are discovered, the online school will be contacted to ascertain the correct details.


Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


The general rule is not to publish data if less than 3 pupils are found within a cell or unit in a table. This is to prevent identification of individuals within the statistics.

Comparability over time and space

Statistics Norway has published statistics on distance learning institutions since 1998. The statistics from 1998 are comparable with data up to 2011.

From 2011, individually-based data and tables are available, which are not comparable with the earlier statistics published on distance learning. The statistics on online schools place a greater focus on number of participants and participants’ results than on the educational offers. New tables were introduced in 2012.

From the scholastic year 2017-2018 the Reference period for the statistics was changed from 1.10-30.9 to 1.7-30.6.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Errors can mostly be traced back to the statistics source. Coding errors may arise because the institutions do not use administrative data systems, or because of problems determining what the correct subject code should be.

Registration errors can occur due to erroneous reporting from data providers. Some of the errors can be detected during control and revision procedures.


Not relevant