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  • Solid growth in R&D activity

    The business enterprise sector spent NOK 32 billion on own R&D in 2017, which is a growth of 8 per cent from 2016. The enterprises also bought external R&D services to the tune of NOK 7.5 billion, an increase of 7 per cent. A total of 21 200 R&D m...

  • Assessed corporate taxes rose

    Assessed corporate taxes totalled NOK 159 billion in 2017, which was an increase of 28 per cent from 2016.

  • High R&D activity in business enterprises

    Preliminary figures show that the business enterprise sector performed research and development (R&D) for about NOK 32.6 billion in 2017. This is 10 per cent higher compared to 2016. Adjusted for price change, the increase was 8.9 per cent.

  • More FTEs despite less activity within coal mining in 2017

    Notwithstanding the significant reduction in coal mining activity in Svalbard, the total number of full-time equivalents(FTEs) increased slightly more than 4 per cent from 2016 to 2017. Growth in accommodation and food service activities was the m...

  • 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.