Activities of adult learning associations2018


About the statistics


Name and topic

Name: Activities of adult learning associations
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Adult education: Education specially arranged for adults.
The Norwegian Association for Adult Education: The Norwegian Association for Adult Education is an organization for all approved popular education organizations.
Subject: The courses are grouped after school subjects in accordance with Norwegian educational terms.
Level: The popular education organizations can offer tuition on primary, secondary, and tertiary educational level in addition to many other courses.
Courses offering examination: Meaning to be a supplement to subject and level. Several courses arranged by popular education organizations, give students the possibility to take an examination.

Standard classifications

Classification of subject groups is worked out by Statistics Norway together with The Ministry of Education and Research, The Norwegian Association for Adult Education, Norwegian Association for Distance Education and Folk High School Council.

Administrative information

Regional level

The figures are given on national and county level. It is also possible to order tables on municipal level.

Frequency and timeliness


International reporting

Not relevant


All statistics in Statistics Norway will be properly stored and treated in a safe and secure manner in agreement with The Data Inspectorate.


Background and purpose

The main purpose is to show education arranged by popular education organizations from different angels. The aim is to reveal total course activities related to course level, choice of subjects and age as well as gender of the participants. The statistics about course activities for popular education organizations started 1996 and were financed by The Ministry of Education and Research. The statistics has been published yearly since then.

Users and applications

Users are The Ministry of Education and Research, Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning, other public services, researching institutions, media, Norwegian Association for Adult Education and individual popular education organizations.

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 10 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

This statistics is a part of statistics of adult education in Norway.

Legal authority

Section 2-1 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 2, Section 9 of Regulation no. 1661 on popular education organizationsand online schools of 18 December 2009.


EEA reference

Not relevant



All approved popular education organizations receiving grants from The Ministry of Education and Research, reports on course completions to Statistics Norway.

Each participant are reported by course subject, place of residence, and aim group in addition to course level, duration, and time when they started and finished the course.

Data sources and sampling

Electronic reports from popular education organizations.

Including the whole population.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Per 1 March in the year of census data is collected from the popular education organizations. After correcting the data, Statistics Norway put all files together to one basic file, on which the statistics are based.

All received data files undergo various controls, such as deleting duplicates and checking variables for valid values. In case errors are discovered, the popular education organizations will be contacted for corrections. Statistics Norway makes test tables based on corrected data, so the individual organizations get the possibility to compare own figures.

Statistics about popular education organizations is summarily only, and special analyses are not executed.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant


There are no sensitive data.

Comparability over time and space

Statistics Norway has published statistics on popular education organizations since 1997. The statistics for the period 1997-2009 includes courses of at least 12 lessons, but the statistics from 2010 includes courses of at least 8 lessons and is still comparable with the statistics of today.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Mostly errors can be traced back to basis of the statistics. Errors in coding of course completions might occur because the organizations do not use administrative data systems, neither is it easy to define what the correct subject code should be.

Statistics about popular education organizations include courses receiving grants only, and do not reflect the whole education activities.

Not relevant. Statistics about popular education organizations is not based on sample surveys.

Not relevant. Statistics about popular education organizations include the whole population (courses receiving grants).


Not relevant