This is an archived release.
Slight increase in activities
The popular education organisations arranged 43 000 courses with 493 200 participants in 2013. Forty-two per cent of all participants were in the age group 50 and over. The age groups 14-29 and 30-49 accounted for 27 and 31 per cent respectively.
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The popular education organisations arranged 600 more courses and had 15 500 more participants in 2013 compared with the previous year. The most popular education organisation in Norway, Folkeuniversitetet - Adult Education Association, accounted for 27 per cent of all courses and 35 per cent of all participants.
The number of courses arranged by popular education organisations declined during the 2000s. This trend did not start to change until 2010, when we witnessed an increase in activities. The increase continued the following year and course activity in 2011 was back at the same level as in 2005. The course activity has remained stable since 2011.
More courses in Nord-Trøndelag
Nord-Trøndelag had the highest increase in the number of courses in 2013 compared with the previous year. This county had an increase of 250 courses, representing 17. 4 per cent, which was also the highest percentage increase. Nord-Trøndelag was followed by Telemark which had a 16.8 per cent increase. The percentage decrease was greatest in Finnmark and Trøndelag, where the number of courses dropped by 15.6 and 14.3 per cent respectively compared with 2012.
Akershus and Oslo had the highest increase in the number of participants, with 4 100 and 3 200 more participants respectively in 2013 than in 2012. Telemark had the highest percentage increase in the number of participants by 15 per cent. Finnmark and Troms had a reduction in the number of participants by 14 and 6 per cent respectively.
Women in the majority
As in previous years, female participants were in the majority. In total, 57 per cent of all participants were female in 2013. The highest majority of female participants was in Troms and Møre og Romsdal, with 64 and 60 per cent respectively.
Eighty per cent of all participants in courses organised by Association for studies of culture and tradition and 79 per cent of participants in courses organised by Sami Adult Education Association were female. The Sports Education Foundation had the lowest proportion of women by 35 per cent.
Men chose science
Similar to previous years, aesthetic and handicraft courses were the most popular courses, with 43 per cent of all participants. Men had a clear majority in science, industrial and technical subjects, with 79 per cent, while women made up 66 per cent of participants attending health, social and sports subjects. There were equal numbers of male and female participants on courses in organisation and management.