Increase in direct investment transactions
External economy
dit, Direct investment, transactions (discontinued), FDI, abroadForeign assets and liabilities , External economy

Direct investment, transactions (discontinued)1998-2008

Statistics Norway has decided to discontinue the detailed FDI flows statistics with breakdown by country and by industry from the reference year 2011. This is due to severe quality problems with the collected data. For FDI flows without breakdown by country or industry, please see Balance of payments.



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Increase in direct investment transactions

Norwegian foreign direct investment abroad in 2008 amounted to NOK 147 billion.

The investment abroad was mainly made through shares and other equity capital. Foreign direct investment in Norway in 2008 amounted to NOK 58 billion, which represented an increase compared with recent years.

Break in time series

Since 2005, the figures have been based on Statistics Norway’s own system of balance of payments data collection. The system entails direct reporting from non-financial enterprises of financial stocks based on accounting information, and the transactions are derived from changes in the stocks. Until 2005, the FDI transaction statistics were produced in Norges Bank. The statistics were based on full scale reporting from all Norwegian banks as intermediaries of payments to and from abroad. Direct reporting from enterprises on payments and other settlements outside the Norwegian banking system was another data source.

The change to the reporting system in 2005 caused a break in the time series, which in particular affects the valuation of acquisition and realisation of shares and other equity capital. It is not possible to revise the figures before 2005 with the new data sources.