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Higher unemployment rate among immigrant women
Within the immigrant group, women have a higher unemployment rate than men, with 7.5 per cent versus 7.0 per cent. Within the rest or the population we can observe the opposite pattern, 1.9 per cent among women and 2.6 per cent among men.
Origin date: 16.11.2016
Four in ten enterprises have only male employees
Forty-five per cent of all enterprises as of 1 January 2015 had both male and female employees. Thirty-eight per cent of enterprises had only male employees and 17 per cent of enterprises had only female employees.
Origin date: 01.11.2016
Increase in long-term unemployment
There was an increase of 18 000 long-term unemployed persons from the third quarter of 2015 to the third quarter of 2016. The share of long-term unemployed rose from 28 to 37 per cent.  Two out of three underemployed are women, which must be seen in conjunction with the high proportion of women working part time.
Origin date: 27.10.2016
Falls most common work accident - Large gender disparity
The large gender disparity still holds true, with 38 fatal accidents for men and 2 for women in 2015. This may be seen in relation to the gender divide in the Norwegian labour market.
Origin date: 28.09.2016
Middle-aged perform most unpaid welfare work - Minor gender disparities
One in six people regularly provide unpaid care to elderly, sick or disabled persons.The percentage performing unpaid welfare work is approximately the same for men and women. Nevertheless, there are some differences in the type of help given.
Origin date: 15.09.2016
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
Households doubled their dividends
Households doubled their share dividend income in 2015. Men took 80 per cent of the dividend payment that went to the households.
Origin date: 30.06.2016
8 of 10 health educated are employed
Nearly 82 per cent of all persons with a health care education were employed by 4th quarter 2015. The employment rate among physicians and nurses were 89 and 84 per cent respectively. Women dominate the health care professions.
Origin date: 27.06.2016
Most Swedes, Poles and Lithuanians
In the fourth quarter of 2015, 77 431 wage-earners were staying in Norway short term. Most wage-earners on short term stays are young men, 25 and 39 years old, from Sweden, Poland and Lithuania. They work primarily in construction or through employment agencies.
Origin date: 27.06.2016
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 receive less parental benefit
Total cash transfers to families with children in Norway amounted to NOK 37.5 billion in 2015. Increased transfers of parental benefits and cash-for-care benefits contributed to a real growth of 1 per cent from 2014. After years of sustained growth, the transfers of parental benefits to men decreased in 2015.
Origin date: 14.06.2016
Increase in unemployment among men
Increase in unemployment among men
The unemployment rate among men increased from 4.5 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2015 to 5.7 per cent in the 1st quarter of 2016. During the same period there was also an increase in the underemployment among men.
Origin date: 28.04.2016
Kindergartens, figures 2015
In 2015, 9 per cent of all employees in kindergartens were men. The proportion of male employees has increased in the last 10 years.
Origin date: 20.04.2016
Board and management in limited companies: Men in the majority
Board and management in limited companies: Men in the majority
The proportion of male board representatives of limited companies has not changed in recent years. Eight out of ten board representatives in private limited companies are men, and the corresponding figure in public limited companies is six out of ten.
Origin date: 11.03.2016
Report: What do we know about immigrants who do not work, study or receive benefits?
Report: What do we know about immigrants who do not work, study or receive benefits?
In 2011, 16 per cent of immigrants aged 20-66 years had a weak attachment to the labour market. 59 per cent of them are women, but the share and the reasons why vary between different groups.
Origin date: 17.02.2016
Immigrant workers from EU/EEC - a demographic overview
Three out of four immigrant workers are men, but women have been a relatively larger group the later years. The share of women varies between 17 percent for Poland and 35 per cent from Hungary. Women are, on average, younger and more educated than men.
Origin date: 08.02.2016
Decrease in full-time employment among men
From the 4th quarter of 2014 to the 4th quarter of 2015 the number of men in part-time work increased by 22 000, while there was a decrease in the number of full-time employed men.
Origin date: 03.02.2016
Two in five enterprises have no female employees
Two in five enterprises have no female employees
Forty-five per cent of all enterprises as of 1 January 2014 had both male and female employees. Thirty-eight per cent of enterprises had only male employees and 17 per cent of enterprises had only female employees.
Origin date: 01.12.2015
Unemployment among immigrants
Only men experienced a growth in the unemployment rate from August 2014 to August 2015, both among immigrants and within the rest of the population.
Origin date: 05.11.2015
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
Male-dominated boards
The proportion of male board representatives of limited companies has not changed in recent years. Eight out of ten board representatives in private limited companies are men, while the corresponding figure in public limited companies is six out of ten.
Origin date: 20.03.2015
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
More female managers
Statistics Norway’s gender equality indicators for Norwegian municipalities in 2013 show an increase in the proportion of female managers. In all counties, with the exception of Aust-Agder, the proportion of female managers has increased since 2012, and since 2008, the proportion has increased in three out of four municipalities.
Origin date: 02.03.2015
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
Rise in full-time employment among women
The Labour Force Survey shows that the number of full-time employed women increased last year, while the number of part.time employed decreased. Still, full-time employment is far more common among men.
Origin date: 28.01.2015
More unemployment among female immigrants
Male immigrants had an unemployment rate of 6.6 per cent in the 3rd quarter, while the corresponding share for female immigrants was higher, at 8.0 per cent. In the rest of the population, the gender disparity was reversed, with 2.2 per cent for men and 2.1 for women.
Origin date: 06.11.2014
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
Increase in women working full time
From the 2nd quarter of 2013 to the 2nd quarter of 2014, the number of women working full time increased by 35 000. The number of part-time employed women decreased by 16 000 during the same period.
Origin date: 30.07.2014
Men run and manage limited companies
The proportion of male board representatives of limited companies has not changed in recent years. Eight out of ten board representatives in private limited companies are men. The corresponding figure in public limited companies is six out of ten.
Origin date: 05.06.2014
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
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
Average earnings up - but more up for men
Average monthly earnings increased for both women and men last year. But average monthly earnings for women as a percentage of average monthly earnings for men decreased from 86.5 per cent to 85.8 per cent.
Origin date: 20.03.2014
Decrease in sickness absence
The sickness absence for both women and men decreased last year.
Origin date: 20.03.2014
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
Strongest unemployment growth among male immigrants
The registered unemployment among immigrants settled in Norway increased from 6.0 per cent in November 2012 to 6.5 per cent in November 2013. Male immigrants had a growth of 0.6 percentage points in the unemployment rate, while the increase among female immigrants was 0.4 percentage points.
Origin date: 25.02.2014
Decreased labour force participation among men
From the 4th quarter of 2012 to the 4th quarter of 2013, the labour force participation among men decreased, while increasing somewhat among women. The total labour force participation therefore remained largely unchanged.
Origin date: 29.01.2014
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
Does more involved fathering imply a double burden for fathers in Norway?
While long total work hours (paid plus unpaid work) have usually been framed as a problem for employed women, researchers now ask whether more involved fathering practices imply a double burden for men, too.
Origin date: 01.10.2013
More men than women with employment as main source of income
According to the population and housing census 2011, the majority of the population between the age of 19 and 66 had employment as their main source of income. However, in all age groups, the numbers are higher for men than for women.
Origin date: 19.06.2013
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
Increase in accepted family forms
Cohabitation, gay marriage and single parents, "bonus children" and "bonus parents". New modern ways of living together do not indicate that the family is about to disintegrate. The family lives on in the best of health, but in new ways, claim the editors of a new book.
Origin date: 27.02.2013
Almost 35 per cent female entrepreneurs in 2011
There were 31 969 entrepreneurs in personally-owned enterprises in 2011. A total of 34.6 per cent of these were women, about the same share as the year before. With regard to private and public limited companies established in 2011, men accounted for 81.5 per cent of the entrepreneurs in these enterprises.
Origin date: 16.11.2012
Most shareholders are men
Seventy-two per cent of the 188 000 sole proprietorships as per 1 January 2011 were owned by men. The share of female owners has increased from 24 to 28 per cent during the period 2004–2011.
Origin date: 31.08.2012
Sick leave before, during and after pregnancy
Sick leave before, during and after pregnancy
A new study shows that sick leave during the pregnancy of the woman’s first child, compared with before pregnancy for the same woman, has increased substantially in Norway during the period 1995-2008.
Origin date: 23.05.2012
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
Stable labour force participation
The labour force participation rate among both men and women aged 15-74 remained stable from the 3rd quarter of 2010 to the 3rd quarter of 2011.
Origin date: 02.11.2011
Increase in sickness absence
Sickness absence increased from 6.3 to 6.5 per cent from the second quarter of 2010 to the second quarter of 2011; an increase of 2.5 per cent. Doctor-certified sickness absence for women increased from 8 to 8.3 per cent; an increase of 4.2 per cent. Doctor-certified sickness absence for men remained unchanged at 5 per cent.
Origin date: 20.09.2011
Employment among immigrants
Female immigrants had an employment rate of 57.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010. In the population as a whole, the employment rate for women was 66.5 per cent. The gap was smaller among men.
Origin date: 28.06.2011
Men in the majority
The proportion of male representatives on the boards of private limited companies has not changed in recent years. Eight out of ten representatives are men.
Origin date: 07.06.2011
Monthly earnings up
Women had average monthly earnings of NOK 33 400 in 2010, while the corresponding earnings for men were NOK 39 300. Women’s earnings as a proportion of men’s earnings increased from 84.7 per cent in 2009 to 85 per cent in 2010.
Origin date: 31.03.2011
High percentage in labour
Compared with other countries, a high percentage of the adult population in Norway is in employment. This is mainly due to the majority of Norwegian women being in employment. 7 out of 10 women and almost 8 out of 10 men are currently in employment. Thirty years ago, less than half of all Norwegian women were employed or actively seeking work. There is roughly the same number of employed men today as there was in the mid 1970s.
Origin date: 03.01.2011
Number of hours worked per week, by division according to industry
Origin date: 31.10.2007
Employment among immigrants
Male immigrants had an employment rate at 62.5 per cent, while this rate for female immigrants was 52.6 per cent. In the population as a whole the rates were 72.6 and 66.0 per cent, respectively. The increase in employment was mainly among male immigrants - at 1.5 percentage points. Among female immigrants the increase was only 0.4 percentage points.
Origin date: 20.06.2007
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
Enterprises owned by men survive longer
Male founders in 2002 have a greater survival rate for their enterprises than female founders. Male founders also have the highest growth in turnover, while women bring about more growth in employment.
Origin date: 08.11.2006
Work
"Women and men in Norway" is a brief and easy to read presentation of statistics on how women and men live in Norway today.
Origin date: 24.01.2006
Income and wealth
"Women and men in Norway" is a brief and easy to read presentation of statistics on how women and men live in Norway today.
Origin date: 24.01.2006
Wages
Women and men work different hours, have different educational backgrounds and work in different occupations and industries. However, even when these factors are taken into account, there are still some differences in pay by gender.
Origin date: 08.03.2005
22 000 more in temporary employment
The employment level increased by 50 000 from 2005 to 2006, where the number of temporary employees rose by 22 000. The figures are taken from the latest Labour Force Survey (LFS) carried out by Statistics Norway. The rise in part-time employment was particularly among women working 30-36 hours per week. 
Origin date: 09.08.2006
24 per cent of innovation grants were allocated for women-oriented activities
Innovation Norway promotes nationwide industrial development profitable to both the business economy and Norway’s national economy, and helps release the potential of different districts and regions by contributing towards innovation, internationalisation and promotion. Innovation Norway aims to ensure that at least 25 per cent of the company’s total grants (financed by all ministries) are allocated for the establishment of women-oriented enterprises or projects. In 2003, 15 per cent of total allocations (loans, guarantees and grants) were provided for women-oriented projects. In 2004 and 2005 the figures were 18 per cent and 19 per cent respectively. In 2005, 24 per cent of innovation grants were allocated for women-oriented activities.
Origin date: 04.07.2006
Average payments of social assistance per month on assistance. Figures of duration of benefit and family cycle phase
Origin date: 2006
Employed persons, total, and employed persons at work by status and sex
Number of weeks worked and actual working hours per week.
Origin date: 09.08.2006
The father’s quota
The earmarked part of the parental leave (father's quota), now up to six weeks, was taken by around 87 per cent of fathers who are entitled to such leave. However, almost 40 per cent are not entitled to such leave, which means that in total only around 50 per cent of fathers take paternal leave.
Origin date: 24.01.2006
Labour market trends. Where are the women in trade and industry?
One out of three people who set up as sole traders are women. Female founders make traditional choices, and are found within business sectors that are typically female dominated. A quarter of all sole proprietorships in Norway are owned by women, and one out of ten board members is a woman.
Origin date: 04.03.2005
The gender-divided labour market
In an international context, Norway is often regarded as a leader in gender equality. The employment level for women is approaching the same as that for men. However, the labour market in Norway is extremely gender-divided. Statistics show systematic differences between men and women. Women work to a greater extent than men in the public sector within health and care services, but hold managerial positions to a lesser extent than men.
Origin date: 08.02.2005
One in four works part-time
Norway has a large number of part-time workers compared with other European countries. One out of ten men and more than four out of ten women worked part-time in the fourth quarter of 2002, according to the Labour Force Survey (LFS). During the 1990s it became more common for men to work part-time, and the gap between women and men's part-time employment practices became smaller.
Origin date: 01.02.2005
Families' child-care preferences, labour force participation, and use of cash benefit arrangement, spring 2002
In many families with children, kindergarten is the preferred child-care option. 
Origin date: 09.05.2003