Continued increase in Foreign Direct Investment transactions
External economy
dit, Direct investment, transactions (discontinued), FDI, abroadForeign assets and liabilities , External economy

Direct investment, transactions (discontinued)1998-2009

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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Continued increase in Foreign Direct Investment transactions

Norwegian Foreign Direct Investment transactions amounted to NOK 216 billion in 2009, compared to NOK 147 billion the year before.

For Norwegian investment abroad, the investment in foreign stocks and shares amounted to NOK 60 billion, while loans between affiliates amounted to NOK 166 billion. Also with regard to Foreign Direct Investment in Norway, loans between affiliates were the largest contributor. The total amount invested was NOK 84 billion, which was an increase compared to the previous year.

Break in time series

Since 2005, the figures are based on Statistics Norway’s own system of balance of payments data collection. The system implies direct reporting from non-financial enterprises of financial stocks based on accounting information and the transactions are derived from changes in the stocks. Up to 2005 the FDI transaction statistics were produced by 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 of the reporting system in 2005 causes 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.