Annual accounts for private schools (discontinued)2009

The statistics has been discontinued.


About the statistics


Name and topic

Name: Annual accounts for private schools (discontinued)
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Private schools eligible for state subsidies are schools with approval under the act ”Lov om private skolar med rett til statstilskot (privatskolelova)”

Private schools not eligible for state subsidies are schools without such approval. These schools may also apply for publics funding, however not state subsidies based on the act ”Lov om private skolar med rett til statstilskot (privatskolelova)” .

Total running income includes e.g. tuition fees, state and municipal subsidies, public financing for disabled children/students and other subsidies/transfers.

Sales income includes both taxed and non-taxed income from sales, and other income not covered by VAT legislation (e.g. tuition fees).

State subsidies do not include public financing for disabled children/students. All other state funding of operating costs is included.

Labour costs include compensation of employees through wages, salaries and variable additional allowances, bonuses etc, plus employers' social contributions.

Standard classifications

The Standard Industrial Classification (SN2002) used in Statistics Norway is based on the EU´s NACE-standard (Rev.1.1). The accounting standard used in this survey are in accordance with Norwegian Standard 4102.

Administrative information

Regional level


Frequency and timeliness

This is an annual survey covering the fiscal year.

International reporting

The data is reported in the UOE-survey to UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat.


All statistics owned by Statistics Norway is properly stored according to standard routines and in consultation with The Data Inspectorate.


Background and purpose

The account statistics for private schools presents detailed information about the activities in this sector on the basis of financial information. This gives important knowledge about the subsidies transferred to the schools from the government and municipalities. And information about how resources are used.

Users and applications

Users include public sector agencies, with Ministry of Education and Research as main user, private organizations, individuals, international organizations and media.

Coherence with other statistics

It could be interesting to relate account statistics for private schools to other statistics in Statistics Norway, for example Number of students in compulsory and upper-secondary schools and the national accounts for this sector.

Legal authority

The Statistics Act § 2-2.

EEA reference




The account statistics for private schools are organized according to the NACE-standard and include enterprises that are registered in industry division (Nace rev.1.1)

80 Health - and social care

and in service sectors (Nace rev.1.1)

101 Primary and lower secondary education. 210 General secondary educations 220 Technical and vocational secondary education

The account statistics includes privately owned schools that operate under the act “Lov om private skolar med rett til statstilskot (privatskolelova)” as well as other private schools not covered by this act.

Data sources and sampling

This statistics are based on a questionnaire named “Regnskapsundersøkelse for private utdanningsinstitusjoner”.

This statistics has no sampling.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

This statistics are based on a questionnaire named “Regnskapsundersøkelse for private utdanningsinstitusjoner”. This questionnaire is sent out by mail to all schools in the population. It is possible to report the data by internet.

The schools’ annual accounts are controlled by accountants. Statistics Norway control that the summing up in the questionnaires are correct.

There is no estimation done in this survey.


The figures are not given on institutional and municipality level.

Comparability over time and space

This statistics does not yet include the whole sector because of some unit non-response. The response rate for this survey is about 80 per cent.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Returned questionnaires are scanned into our database. Our registration program contains automatic controls, and the questionnaires that don't pass through these controls are checked manually. Nevertheless, the results of a statistical survey may contain collection and processing errors.

Non-response, that is when the respondent does not return the form or returns the form with incomplete information, will always be an aspect of form-based surveys. Non-respondent schools are not included in the statistics.

This statistics has no sampling.