Activities of adult learning associations

Updated: 26 March 2021

Next update: Not yet determined

Number of courses
Number of courses
2020
34 838

Selected tables and figures from this statistics

Number of courses, participants and lessons by organization
Number of courses, participants and lessons by organization1
2020
CoursesParticipantsLessons total
TotalMalesFemales
Total34 838373 693162 566211 127960 223
The Workers' Education Association of Norway81010 6965 5525 14426 213
The Adult Learning Association for Agriculture and Community1 0808 5226 1672 35533 301
Adult Education Association of Christian communities and organizations in Norway3 80527 42711 25316 17498 726
The Study Association Funkis5 56935 99910 51125 488110 657
Association for studies of culture and traditions4 04029 7385 60224 136113 046
The Sports Education Foundation2 73734 31421 93512 37948 084
The Adult Education Association of Music5 46666 47828 27038 208197 887
The Sami Adult Education Association84420983227 298
The Adult Education Association of the Centre Party6323 3901 9371 45311 679
The Adult Education Association of Solidarity3511 5865411 04546 196
Folkeuniversitetet - An Adult Education Association5 75476 26434 82641 438184 440
The Adult Education Association of Nature and Environment2 59322 52410 86311 66151 887
The Adult Education Association of the Liberal Party3802 2211 2191 0026 004
The Academic Association for Adult Education1 53754 11423 79230 32224 805
1The figures for 2020 include courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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Number of courses, participants and lessons by county
Number of courses, participants and lessons by county1
2020
CoursesParticipantsLessons total
Both sexesMalesFemales
Total34 838373 693162 566211 127960 223
Viken6 67669 20129 85839 343189 781
Oslo4 56775 39134 27741 114134 149
Innlandet3 50031 45312 79318 66086 775
Vestfold og Telemark2 54625 16010 57714 58372 874
Agder2 20420 6668 89711 76951 994
Rogaland2 56424 70411 39913 30568 839
Vestland4 03639 88216 97722 905106 307
Møre og Romsdal1 66717 6977 48510 21237 479
Trøndelag - Trööndelage3 60436 45915 95920 500117 643
Nordland1 77016 4396 4589 98145 925
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku1 68816 4407 7728 66848 086
Svalbard1620111487371
1The figures for 2020 include courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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Number of courses, participants and lessons, by subject
Number of courses, participants and lessons, by subject1
2020
CoursesParticipantsLessons total
TotalMalesFemales
Total34 838373 693162 566211 127960 223
Language studies1 1727 7402 8394 90148 257
Aesthetic subjects and handicraft13 830153 52357 84395 680455 000
Humanities, philosophy and ethics3 59931 57914 41917 16080 811
Social sciences53911 5554 8576 69814 650
Organization and management6 11579 49240 91138 581107 759
Business and ICT2843 8331 8401 9933 219
Health, social and sports5 74238 00811 78926 219149 570
Transport and communication451 5409745661 462
Science, industry and technical subjects63618 04911 6246 42516 292
Natural resource management, ecology, environmental protection and outdoor recreation2 75427 69515 24912 44668 927
Goods and services12267922145814 276
1The figures for 2020 include courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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Number of participant, by organizations and age
Number of participant, by organizations and age1
2020
Participants14-29 years30-49 years50 years or older
Total373 693105 645100 352167 696
The Workers' Education Association of Norway10 6962 9874 7842 925
The Adult Learning Association for Agriculture and Community8 5223 1833 1152 224
Adult Education Association of Christian communities and organizations in Norway27 42713 5246 3747 529
The Study Association Funkis35 9991 3774 38230 240
Association for studies of culture and traditions29 7385 3442 90821 486
The Sports Education Foundation34 31414 33214 5735 409
The Adult Education Association of Music66 4787 88612 06246 530
The Sami Adult Education Association420147129144
The Adult Education Association of the Centre Party3 3902871 1181 985
The Adult Education Association of Solidarity1 586417566603
Folkeuniversitetet - An Adult Education Association76 26435 20516 87724 182
The Adult Education Association of Nature and Environment22 5248 7057 7766 043
The Adult Education Association of the Liberal Party2 2213507891 082
The Academic Association for Adult Education54 11411 90124 89917 314
1The figures for 2020 include the number of participants in courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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Number of participants, by county and age
Number of participants, by county and age1
2020
Participants14-29 years30-49 years50 years or older
Total373 693105 645100 352167 696
Viken69 20119 06616 33233 803
Oslo75 39122 01729 11624 258
Innlandet31 4538 5206 17816 755
Vestfold og Telemark25 1606 7005 71712 743
Agder20 6665 5335 5159 618
Rogaland24 7047 7997 1719 734
Vestland39 88213 1389 42117 323
Møre og Romsdal17 6974 2934 2459 159
Trøndelag - Trööndelage36 45910 9588 26317 238
Nordland16 4392 9783 7029 759
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku16 4404 6134 5977 230
Svalbard201309576
1The figures for 2020 include the number of participants in courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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Number of participants, by subject, age and sex
Number of participants, by subject, age and sex1
2020
Participants14-29 years30-49 years50 years or older
Total373 693105 645100 352167 696
Language studies7 7401 9873 9741 779
Aesthetic subjects and handicraft153 52334 15526 77592 593
Humanities, philosophy and ethics31 57921 8554 1185 606
Social sciences11 5554 5863 0743 895
Organization and management79 49223 90433 96021 628
Business and ICT3 8336281 1442 061
Health, social and sports38 0082 8898 26326 856
Transport and communication1 540277665598
Science, industry and technical subjects18 0494 6048 0855 360
Natural resource management, ecology, environmental protection and outdoor recreation27 69510 6329 9227 141
Goods and services679128372179
Males
Total162 56648 51845 94568 103
Language studies2 8396751 536628
Aesthetic subjects and handicraft57 84313 5019 04535 297
Humanities, philosophy and ethics14 41910 6471 7562 016
Social sciences4 8574591 9952 403
Organization and management40 91112 12017 79910 992
Business and ICT1 840314579947
Health, social and sports11 7891 0962 6728 021
Transport and communication974174393407
Science, industry and technical subjects11 6242 9394 9983 687
Natural resource management, ecology, environmental protection and outdoor recreation15 2496 5375 0443 668
Goods and services2215612837
Females
Total211 12757 12754 40799 593
Language studies4 9011 3122 4381 151
Aesthetic subjects and handicraft95 68020 65417 73057 296
Humanities, philosophy and ethics17 16011 2082 3623 590
Social sciences6 6984 1271 0791 492
Organization and management38 58111 78416 16110 636
Business and ICT1 9933145651 114
Health, social and sports26 2191 7935 59118 835
Transport and communication566103272191
Science, industry and technical subjects6 4251 6653 0871 673
Natural resource management, ecology, environmental protection and outdoor recreation12 4464 0954 8783 473
Goods and services45872244142
1The figures for 2020 include the number of participants in courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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Number of participants, by county and subject
Number of participants, by county and subject1
2020
All subjectsLanguage studiesAesthetic subjects and handicraftHumanities, philosophy and ethicsSocial sciencesOrganization and managementBusiness and ICTHealth, social and sportsTransport and communicationScience, industry and technical subjectsNatural resource management, ecology, environmental protection and outdoor recreationGoods and services
Total373 6937 740153 52331 57911 55579 4923 83338 0081 54018 04927 695679
Viken69 20171430 4346 45793614 6636358 411401 6355 21264
Oslo75 3913 67414 2104 4138 73621 2092 2494 7381 24010 9263 805191
Innlandet31 4536015 5543 1401274 8482083 882252323 32255
Vestfold og Telemark25 16023712 7612 0981174 969272 40256441 82278
Agder20 6664467 2844 2542473 899792 745632391 4037
Rogaland24 7045159 6034 266875 61902 050115831 801169
Vestland39 8821 46820 9503 0076186 5923893 262206602 90511
Møre og Romsdal17 697859 2609001054 2071251 49902521 24915
Trøndelag - Trööndelage36 45918117 3991 8012607 039635 1111161 4023 05037
Nordland16 439798 5166561623 015382 58561001 25626
Troms og Finnmark - Romsa ja Finnmárku16 4402817 4455871603 358201 313141 3761 86026
Svalbard2010107007401000100
1The figures for 2020 include the number of participants in courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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Number of participants, by examination and level
Number of participants, by examination and level1
2020
TotalOption of public examinationOption of other valid examination or certificateOption of internal examinationOption of vocational examinationNo examination or final tests
Total373 6939 56710 3382 391960350 437
Primary level196 9197 5972 8484980185 976
Secondary level120 7021 7064 813598960112 625
Higher level3 8512641 8888201 617
Not reported52 22107891 213050 219
1The figures for 2020 include the number of participants in courses of at least four hours duration in contrast to previous years when the minimum requirement was eight hours.
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About the statistics

The main purpose is to show education arranged by popular education organizations from different angles. The aim is to reveal total course activities related to course level, choice of subjects and age as well as gender of the participants.

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.

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.

Name: Activities of adult learning associations

Topic: Education

Not yet determined

Division for Education and Culture Statistics

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

Annual.

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

Not relevant

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 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.

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.

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

Act of 21 June 2019 No. 32 relating to official statistics and Statistics Norway § 10, Act no. 95 relating to adult education of 19 June 2009, and Chapter 2, Regulation no. 2896 § 13 of 8 December 2020.

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.

Electronic reports from popular education organizations.

Including the whole population.

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.

Not relevant

There are no sensitive data.

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.

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).

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