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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
More marriages between same sex couples
In 2015, 300 marriages were contracted between same sex couples. This is the most marriages of same-sex couples since the new marriages act was introduced in 2009. A total of 22 700 couples got married in 2015.
Origin date: 16.06.2016
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
Births, 2015: Six years of decline in fertility
 Births, 2015: Six years of decline in fertility
A total of 59 100 children were born in 2015, the same as 2014. This gives a total fertility rate for women of 1.73, a decline compared with 2014. In 2009, the total fertility rate was 1.98. Since then, the fertility rate has declined.
Origin date: 09.03.2016
Family immigration to Norway 1990-2014: More family reunifications than new marriages
The majority of family immigrants, both for reunification and establishment purposes are women. In the period 1990-2014, around 164 000 women from non-Nordic countries came to Norway for purposes of family immigration, compared with just 84 000 men.
Origin date: 08.03.2016
Marriages and divorces, 2015
Marriages and divorces, 2015
In 2015, there were 250 fewer divorces, about 300 fewer separations and 150 fewer marriages than in 2014. A total of 22 700 couples were married, 9 300 couples divorced and 10 500 separated in 2015.
Origin date: 19.02.2016
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
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
Increase in ill-treatment within family relations
A total of 3 056 incidents of ill-treatment within family relations were reported in 2014. This is 8 per cent more than in 2013 and is higher than in any of the previous years.
Origin date: 15.04.2015
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
Fewer thefts from persons and enterprises, but increase of violence in family relations
There was an increase in the number of female and child victims of ill-treatment within family relations in 2013, according to Statstics Norway.
Origin date: 26.09.2014
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
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
Family immigration and marriage patterns
Family immigration and marriage patterns
Fewer Norwegian-born to immigrant parents marry at a young age, and those who marry often find a spouse in Norway, according to a new report.
Origin date: 25.03.2014
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
Partner choice among men and women born in Norway by immigrant parents
New statistics on all first marriages among descendants of immigrants born 1972-1994 show that a higher marital age increases the chance of marrying someone with a different background.
Origin date: 28.02.2014
Fewer marriages, divorces and separations
A total of 23 400 couples got married, 10 900 couples were separated and 9 700 marriages were dissolved by divorce in 2013. Compared to 2012, this is a decrease for all three marital status changes.
Origin date: 20.02.2014
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
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
Increase in marriages
There has been an increase in contracted marriages from 2011 to 2012, and the divorce numbers are slightly reduced, reports Statistics Norway.  The number of contracted same sex marriages remains more or less the same since the new Marriage Act was passed in 2009.
Origin date: 25.09.2013
Women in their 30s produce most children
According to Statistics Norway, women aged 30-34 had, for the third year in a row, the highest fertility rate in 2012.  In previous years, women aged 25-29 bore most children.
Origin date: 18.04.2013
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
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
Fewer married in 2010
The number of marriages decreased slightly from 2009 to 2010, but still the number of marriages the last years has not been as high since the 1970s.
Origin date: 25.08.2011
Persons in private households, by sex, cohabitation arrangements and age
Among the country's 3.5 million persons aged 18 and above, 60 per cent lived as couples. Couples includes in this context persons who are married, living as registered partners or as cohabitants and were registered as living in the same dwelling.
Origin date: 01.01.2007
Time use
Whereas women spend almost four hours on household work a day, this figure is two hours and forty minutes for men.
Origin date: 25.05.2005
Family and household
The post-war period was the great era of the nuclear family. More people got married and the proportion of one-person households decreased slightly.
Origin date: 08.03.2005
Children in kindergartens
By the end of 2008 there were 261 900 children in kindergartens, 12 400 more than in 2007. 87.2 per cent of all children between 1 and 5 years had a place in a kindergarten.
Origin date: 14.06.2006
Time use for different household activities among persons 16-74 years, all and by sex. 1980-2000
The time women use on house work per day has declined by about 2 hours between 1971 and 2000. For men the average time spent on house work has increased by about half an hour in this period. This is due to the fact that more men are taking part in this kind of work than before. In total, the time used on house work has declined considerably in the last 30 years. The percentage of men doing house work has increased in all age groups.
Origin date: 27.04.2006
Population by, sex, age and type of household
The long-term trend with increasing number of small households continues. In Norway slight more than 800 000 persons lived alone on 1 January 2007 which is 17 per cent of the population. 59 per cent of the population lives as couples - either persons who are married, living as registered partners or as cohabitants.
Origin date: 01.01.2007
Population statistics. Births, 2008
In 2008 60 500 children were born in Norway. The total fertility rate (TFR) was 1.96 children per woman, the highest since 1975.
Origin date: 20.04.2006
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
Average payments of social assistance per month on assistance. Figures of duration of benefit and family cycle phase
Origin date: 2006
Recipients of cash benefit and the number of children with cash benefit
The cash benefit arrangement is a cash grant that is offered to parents of children between 1 and 3 years of age, who do not or only partly use the state-supported kindergartens or day care services. 92 per cent of the 45 528 recipients of cash benefits for childcare in 2007 were women. See also the Cash Benefit Act.
Origin date: 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