More women owned enterprises
Establishments, enterprises and accounts;Immigration and immigrants
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Ownership and roles in business enterprise sector (discontinued)1 January 2013



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More women owned enterprises

At the beginning of 2013, over 29 per cent of the owners of personally-owned enterprises were women. From 2004 to 2013, the number of female owners increased from about 40 500 to almost 59 000. About 27 per cent of the shareholders in private and public limited companies were women.

Number of owners in personally owned enterprises and number of shareholders in public and private limited companies.
20132012 - 20132011 - 2013
Number of ownersShareShareShare
Personal owned enterprises
Both sexes199 846100.0-0.96.4
Males141 09170.6-1.74.0
Females58 75529.41.112.9
Limited companies
Both sexes1 073 705100.0-3.7-5.0
Males784 39573.1-4.2-5.4
Females289 31026.9-2.2-3.9

The female owners were generally younger than the male owners. Almost half, 47 per cent, of the women were between 25 and 44 years old. Forty-seven per cent of the male owners were between 45 and 66 years of age. Among the shareholders, 46 per cent of women and over 49 per cent of men were between 45 and 66 years old.

Among personal owners, there was a higher share of men over 67 years than among the women. The opposite was true for the shareholders. In this age group there was a larger share of women than men.

A majority of men in most economic activities

Sole proprietorships owned by men dominated most of the economic activities. Over 98 per cent of the enterprises within water supply, sewerage, waste and construction were owned by men. Only within human health and social work activities and personal service activities, did the women own more enterprises than men.

Increase in share of immigrants

The share of immigrants and Norwegian-born to immigrant parents among owners of personally-owned enterprises increased from 8 to 15 per cent from 2004 to 2013. The largest group was people from the EU/EEA, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Seven in every 100 owners had a national background from one of these countries.