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School points are increasing - girls do better than boys
From 2009, the average school points have steadily increased to this year’s average of 41.2. From 2015 to 2016, the marks increased in every county, regardless of social background and immigration category. Girls achieve an average of 4.4 school points more than boys.
Origin date: 06.10.2016
More than half of graduates are women
Most graduates from bachelor and master’s degree programmes are women in Norway and in most OECD countries. In a majority of OECD countries, more men than women hold a doctoral degree.
Origin date: 16.09.2016
Key figures on gender equality
 Key figures on gender equality
Do you wonder what the wage differential is between men and women, how many fathers take paternity leave, or whether more women than men work part time? Here are a selection of key figures and analyses that illustrate gender equality in different areas.
Origin date: 25.08.2016
More young students complete at master level - women are more likely to complete than men
About 30 per cent of students aged 24 years and younger, who entered higher education in 2007, had completed a degree at master level within eight years. Ten years earlier – in 1997 – the corresponding figure was 17 per cent.
Origin date: 28.06.2016
Entrepreneurs without higher education
One out of three male entrepreneurs in limited companies in 2014 had a higher education. Approximately half of their female counterparts had a tertiary education of at least one year.
Origin date: 14.06.2016
Men in clear majority in 2-year programmes
A total of 15 200 students were registered in post-secondary vocational education in autumn 2015; a decline of about 800 students compared with the previous year. Approximately 60 per cent of the students were in 2-year programmes, and men made up a clear majority, with 80 per cent.
Origin date: 25.05.2016
More women than men graduated at doctorate level
More women than men graduated at doctorate level
The trend for a number of years has been for more women than men to graduate at both undergraduate and graduate level. For the first time in 2014/15, more women than men also graduated at doctorate level.
Origin date: 11.05.2016
Students at universities and colleges
Students at universities and colleges
More than 60 per cent of students in higher education were women in 2015, and this proportion has remained almost the same for the last 15 years. Even in a European context, Norway is among the countries with the highest female proportion.
Origin date: 14.04.2016
Activities of adult learning associations, 2015
Activities of adult learning associations, 2015
The adult learning associations arranged 44 700 courses with 508 000 participants in 2015. Men had a clear majority in science, industrial and technical subjects, with 77 per cent, while women made up 70 per cent of participants attending social science subjects.
Origin date: 01.04.2016
Fewer pupils in web-based courses
In total, there were 14 200 participants in web-based schools in the autumn of 2015, a decrease of 13 per cent from 2014. Almost two thirds of the participants were women, and only a small number of participants were over the age of 50.
Origin date: 14.03.2016
Upper secondary education, 2015: Three out of ten trainees are women
Six out of ten pupils in upper secondary education attend programs for general studies, the majority of them are women. In vocational education program the male majority is made more visible by looking at trainees, where only three out of ten are women.
Origin date: 25.02.2016
National school tests: Boys well represented in both highest and lowest competence levels
National school tests: Boys well represented in both highest and lowest competence levels
Boys distinguish themselves at the highest proficiency level in two out of three national tests completed in 2015. However, more boys than girls also have the lowest proficiency level in all tests. The girls score high in reading, while the smallest gender gap is in English skills.
Origin date: 04.02.2016
More women in higher education
A total of 272 500 students were enrolled in higher education in Norway or abroad in the academic year 2014/15; an increase of 3 400 students from the year before, with women accounting for the whole increase.
Origin date: 04.05.2015
Minifacts about Norway 2015
Minifacts about Norway 2015
A new booklet presents key information about Norway, integrating gender statistics, in several languages.
Origin date: 29.04.2015
More women than men in web-based courses
In total, there were 16 400 participants in web-based schools in 2014, and 62 per cent of them were women. Most female participants attended business and administration subjects and most female participants were in the age group 20-39 years.
Origin date: 19.03.2015
Women outnumber men in programmes for general studies
More than 51 per cent of the pupils choose programmes for general studies. The gender disparity is significant, with about 58 per cent of all the females in upper secondary education and 45 per cent of male pupils choosing this line of study.
Origin date: 12.03.2015
Key figures on gender equality
Statistics Norway has selected key figures and analyses that illustrate gender equality in different areas in Norway.
Origin date: 03.03.2015
Gathering Nordic gender equality statistics in one place
Did you know that no Nordic parents share their parental leave more equally than the Icelandic ones? It will soon become much easier to compare gender equality statistics from the Nordic countries. The statistics offices are working together to put all data in one place.
Origin date: 24.02.2015
Girls still achieving higher marks
Girls achieve higher marks than boys in all subjects, except physical education, according to Statistics Norway. Among the pupils who completed lower secondary school in 2014, the girls achieved 42.4 schools points on average, while the boys achieved 38.5 school points.
Origin date: 04.11.2014
New edition of statistics booklet This is Norway
New edition of statistics booklet This is Norway
The booklet presents statistics on gender in Norwegian society together with a range of other a areas in a user-friendly manner.
Origin date: 05.09.2014
More pupils complete upper secondary education
Throughput in upper secondary education has increased slightly. Even though more women than men complete their upper secondary education in five years, social background is a more important factor.
Origin date: 19.06.2014
More women attain tertiary education
The share of women with a tertiary education has increased more than for men. In 1985, 15 per cent of men and 12 per cent of women had a tertiary education. Now, 33 per cent of women and 27 per cent of men have a tertiary education.
Origin date: 19.06.2014
77 percent female students in health, welfare and sport
More than 20 percent of all students were registered in health, welfare and sport in autumn 2013. About 77 percent of these were women.
Origin date: 23.05.2014
Graduations from universities and colleges
Last year, women completet 63 per cent of graduations at undergraduate level, and 58 per cent at graduate level.
Origin date: 22.05.2014
Minifacts about Norway 2014
Minifacts about Norway 2014
A new booklet presents key information about Norway, integrating gender statistics, in several languages.
Origin date: 09.05.2014
Indicators for gender equality: Fathers embrace paternity leave
Statistics Norway’s gender equality indicators in Norwegian municipalities, 2012, shows a clear increase in the proportion of fathers who are taking the whole paternity leave or more of the parental benefit period. We also see that the proportion of female managers is increasing in many municipalities.
Origin date: 28.02.2014
Nordic statistical yearbook 2013
Nordic statistical yearbook 2013
Nordic Statistical Yearbook 2013 is a reference book containing comprehensive and easily accessible statistics of various aspects of social life in the five Nordic countries. Data are also presented on the self governing regions. Many of the statistics are disaggregated by sex.
Origin date: 20.11.2013
Statistical yearbook of Norway 2013
Statistical yearbook of Norway 2013
The Statistical Yearbook of Norway 2011 provides statistical information about the Norwegian society on a range of fields. Many of the statistics are disaggregated by sex.
Origin date: 04.11.2013
More men than women in employment
According to Statistics Norway's 2011 population and housing census, there are still more men than women in employment in Norway. 
Origin date: 18.04.2013
Few changes towards gender equality
According to Statistics Norway's indicators for gender equality in 2011, there are few changes towards more gender equality both in the country as a whole and in the counties.
Origin date: 06.03.2013
Statistics on research and development
Statistics on research and development
The publication "Nordic Research - Key Data 2012" contains up-to-date gender segregated statistics from the field of research and development in the Nordic countries. It is published by The Nordic Council of Ministers and compiled by the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU).
Origin date: 30.08.2012
Statistical Yearbook of Norway 2011
The Statistical Yearbook of Norway 2011 provides statistical information about the Norwegian society on a range of fields. Many of the statistics are disaggregated by sex.
Origin date: 23.04.2012
Higher proportion of students without awarded qualification
The proportion of students who do not complete a degree is increasing. The figure is higher for men than women.
Origin date: 28.10.2011
High increase in the proportion of women with a higher education
In autumn 2010, more than half of all females aged 25-29 had a higher education. Within the last 10 years, this proportion has increased by 10 percentage points. The corresponding proportion of men has increased by only two percentage points in this period, to 32 per cent.
Origin date: 09.06.2011
Traditional gender choices
The popular education organisations arranged 40 200 courses with 504 200 participants in 2010. While men were clearly in the majority with 78 per cent taking science, industrial and technical subjects, women made up 70 per cent of the participants attending service courses.
Origin date: 16.05.2011
Steady increase in number of students
Preliminary figures indicate that 6 100 more students were registered at Norwegian universities and colleges in 2010 compared with the previous year. The number of male students has increased the most, but female students are still in the majority.
Origin date: 27.01.2011
Updated statistics from NIFU STEP
The latest statistics on women employed in the higher education sector in Norway from NIFU STEP. NIFU STEP develops and presents statistics from the higher education and research sector.
Origin date: 30.01.2007
Education
Since the mid-1980s, women have been in the majority among students, and almost six out of ten students are women today.
Origin date: 25.05.2005
Persons 16 years and above by highest attained level of education, gender and age
More than 45 per cent of women aged 25-29 years have completed a tertiary education. In comparison, less than 18 per cent of women aged 60-66 years have completed an education at this level. The corresponding figures for men reveal significantly smaller differences. In the 16-49 age group, more women than men have completed a tertiary education, whereas men are in the majority among people aged 50 and over.
Origin date: 2005
Doctoral degrees 1980-2005
40 per cent of doctorates in 2005 were awarded to women, compared to 10 per cent in 1980.
Origin date: 2005
Doctorates, by age, gender and type of degree
Out of 714 doctorates 428 were awarded to men and 286 were awarded to women in 2003.
Origin date: 2005
Teachers by sex, type of school and county
Females constituted 70 per cent of all teachers in primary and lower secondary schools in 2003. In upper secondary schools, female teachers were just below 46 per cent. At 52 per cent, males are also in the majority in public colleges. The universities are the only educational institutions where male teachers are advancing in number. The portion of female teaching personnel was 30,5 per cent in 2003. Overall, 19 per cent of the male and 40 per cent of female teachers worked part-time in 2003.
Origin date: 2004
Pupils and students, by age, gender and type of school/institution
There are approximately 60 per cent women and 40 per cent men in tertiary education. 70 per cent of the men were aged between 19 and 24, while 63 per cent of the women were in this age group. About 26 per cent of the women and 18 per cent of the men were over 35 of age.
Origin date: 2004
Persons 30-44 years, by level of education, gender, immigrant category and country background
Many non-western women are not visible in the education race. Among non-immigrants there are more women than men with a high level of educational attainment. And while women from western countries at average have a higher level of education than men, women among immigrants from non-western countries tend to have a lower level of education than men.
Origin date: 2003
Persons 16-24 years, by level of education, gender, immigrant category and country background
The number of immigrants who have completed primary and secondary education (16-24 years) is close to that of non-immigrants: 89 and 91 per cent. Participation in secondary education among 16-18 year olds in this immigrant group is at about the same level as for all 16-18 year olds. Participation in tertiary education is also higher among immigrants' children than among first generation immigrants.
Origin date: 2003