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  • Close ties with Sweden

    About 330 000 persons are working for subsidiaries of foreign companies. The vast majority of these companies belong to groups located in the EU or in the USA, and Sweden is the most important partner country.

  • The effect on firm performance of facilitating services from Siva

    Reports 2018/17

  • 29.5 billion of R&D performed

    The business enterprise sector performed research and development (R&D) for about NOK 29.5 billion in 2016. This is 6 per cent higher compared to 2015. At fixed prices, the increase was 4 per cent.

  • 577 067 establishments in Norway

    There were just over 577 000 establishments in Norway at the start of 2018. Compared with January 1st, 2017, this is an increase of 2.1 percent.

  • Assessed corporate taxes still decreasing

    Assessed corporate taxes amounted to NOK 124 billion in 2016, which was a decrease of NOK 15.3 billion, or 11 per cent, from 2015.

  • Further growth in business sector R&D

    The business enterprise sector performed research and development (R&D) totalling about NOK 29.5 billion in 2016. This is 6.2 per cent higher compared to 2015. Measured in fixed prices, the increase was 3.8 per cent.

  • Sole proprietorships and private limited companies still in the majority

    Almost half of all 453 762 enterprises with economic activity in Norway in 2015 were sole proprietorships. This corresponds to 49 per cent, while the share of private limited companies was 44 per cent.

  • Moderate increase in Norwegian innovation expenditure

    Enterprises covered by the Norwegian innovation survey reported innovation expenditures totalling NOK 64.8 billion in 2016. This is approximately NOK 5 billion more than in 2014.

  • 3.8 per cent fewer man-years in 2016

    The number of man-years in Svalbard fell by 3.8 per cent in 2016. It was especially the reduced activity within coal mining that contributed to the decline.

  • Further growth in globalization

    The total number of foreign-controlled Norwegian enterprises continues to rise, and the strongest growth is in Swedish and Danish ownership. However, enterprises that are owned from the USA contribute the most to value added.

  • A higher share of Norwegian enterprises report innovations

    Sixty-five per cent of Norwegian enterprises reported some form of innovation activity in the survey covering the period 2014-2016. This is a significant increase compared to the previous period from 2012 to 2014.

  • Price increase for legal activities

    Within legal activities, prices increased by 4.5 per cent from the 1st quarter of 2016 to the 1st quarter of 2017. This is the largest yearly growth since the 4th quarter of 2014. Compared to the previous quarter, prices increased by 3.5 per cent.

  • More new enterprises

    A total of 17 559 new enterprises were registered during the first quarter of 2017. This is an increase of 5.9 per cent compared with the same period in 2016.

  • Newly-established enterprises still increasing

    The number of newly-established enterprises has been increasing since 2010. A total of 60 500 enterprises were established in 2016, which was 5 per cent more than in 2015.

  • Profitability down, return on equity slightly up

    Accounting statistics for non-financial limited companies show a decline in operating profit margin, from 9.6 per cent in 2014 to 7.4 per cent in 2015. However, the return on equity rose from 4.2 per cent to 5.2 per cent in the same period.