Folk high schools (discontinued)2002

SSB publishes figures for long courses in Folke high Schools in the statistics Upper secondary education


About the statistics


Name and topic

Name: Folk high schools (discontinued)
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Folk high schools : A school with a clear integral purpose. Folk high schools do not have syllabus and exams.

Short course : A course with duration of minimum 2 days and maximum 94 days.

Special target groups : Handicapped participants with extra resources demand. This means that handicapped participants are counted as two pupils.

Standard classifications

Ownership : Schools are owned by either county, state or private interests.

Municipality of residence : Are based on address 1 October in the school year. Country of birth and citizenship are classified by the codes of Statistic Norway.

Administrative information

Regional level

The statistics are published on national and county level. Statistics for municipality level can be ordered.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


All education statistics at Statistics Norway is proper stored after standard routines and after consultation with The Data Inspectorate.


Background and purpose

The purpose of these statistics is to show different sides on education by folk high schools. These statistics aim to show the extent of courses regarding the participants gender, age, county of residence, citizenship and other individual characteristics, together with education for special need groups.

Prior to 2001, folk high schools based their reporting on forms with pupils on main courses and pupils who completed or interrupted their main course. This report was a part of statistics on upper secondary education. As of 2001, forms rapport was replaced with extensive electronic reports. The electronic reports also include applicants at long courses and participants at short courses. Activity associated with short courses is reported independent of the reporting of long courses. From 2008, folk high schools report their data by using an administrative system called NAVI.

Users and applications

Public administration, special interest organizations, the media and researchers.

Coherence with other statistics

Statistics over participants attending short courses are a part of statistics on adult education. The statistics is not included in the statistics for pupils and students.

Legal authority

Sections 2-2.

EEA reference

Not relevant



All folk high schools report their participants at short courses to NAVI once a year. The reports include both Norwegian and foreign participants.

The number of participants at short courses is not equal to the number of people, because one person can participate in several courses and therefore be registered as a participant several times.

Data sources and sampling

Data is collected from a system called NAVI.


Collection of data, editing and estimations

Folk high schools use an administrative system called NAVI.

All education data undergo on-receipt controls. It encompasses deletion of duplicates (units with identical variables), a control of correct and valid values for each variable. The data is also recoded so they are comparable. All personal id-numbers are checked for errors.

Not relevant.


Not relevant.

Comparability over time and space

Electronic reports from folk high schools began in 2001. All folk high school statistics can be compared with previous years after 2001.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Errors may occur during coding of the data collected. Statistics Norway compiles data for participants registered previous calendar year. Some of the schools may have given information on participants as of a different date, which can lead to inconsistence in the data. One participant can also be reported several times because he/she has participated on various courses.

Education statistics are not based on sampling.

Register errors may be due to self-reported information from the participants or incorrect reporting from the schools. A number of these errors will be identified as a part of control and revision routines.