Norway is one of the countries with the
highest material living standards in the world, and the
UN development agency UNDP has for many years ranked
Norway as the best country to live in. and elderly care
and unemployment benefits. Life expectancy is among the
highest in the world.
The foundation of the welfare system was laid in
political agreement after the end of the Second World
War and a summary social legislation, the National
Insurance Scheme, was also added in political consensus
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Official statistics for population in Norway, including population growth, density, and estimation in next 50 years.
Health care is technically advanced, but has had
inadequate resources in primary care. The compensation
for illness is generous with a sick pay of 100 percent
of the salary for a year without waiting days. As the
population grows older, a debate is being held on how to
limit spending on security systems.
A pension reform was adopted with broad political
support in 2009. The retirement age is 67, but you can
choose to take a pension between the ages of 62 and 75
and also how much you take out. Since 2006, compulsory
occupational pension has been provided. Many Norwegians
save in private pension funds.
A child support grant, cash support, is available for
those who take care of their one-year-olds at home.
There are also child allowances similar to Swedish.
In 2009 it became possible for same-sex couples to
marry, but one exception to the law says that the
priests in the Norwegian church must adhere to the
church's liturgy and not wed homosexuals.
FACTS - SOCIAL CONDITIONS
2 per 1000 births (2018)
Percentage of HIV infected
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young women
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of HIV infected among young men
0.1 percent (2018)
Proportion of population with access to clean
100.0 percent (2015)
Proportion of the population having access to
98.1 percent (2017)
Public expenditure on health care as a
percentage of GDP
10.0 percent (2015)
Public expenditure on health care per person
US $ 7,478 (2016)
Proportion of women in parliament
41 percent (2018)
Spy convicted Norwegian released by Russia
A 64-year-old Norwegian, who was imprisoned in Russia
for espionage, is released by the Russian government in
a prisoner exchange between Lithuania, Russia and
Norway. The man was arrested in Moscow in December 2017
and sentenced in April this year to 14 years in prison
for espionage. He denied the accusations but
acknowledged contacts with the Norwegian intelligence
Norway stops arms exports to Turkey
Norway suspends all exports of war materials to
Turkey following the offensive against Kurdish forces in
northern Syria. Norway will not "process any new
applications for export licenses of defense materials
and goods for military use to Turkey for the time
being," states Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide.
Important oil field opens
The Johan Sverdrup oil field opens for production.
The field is Norway's third largest and is located
approximately 16 land miles west of Stavanger. The
project is very large and includes investments in excess
of SEK 100 billion. When the field is fully developed,
it will produce nearly 660,000 barrels of oil per day.
About two-thirds of the deposits are estimated to have
been mined by 2030.
Man arrested for mosque attack
A 21-year-old man is arrested by police after
injuring a man in connection with an attack on a mosque
in Bärum, just west of Oslo. The man is said to have
stated his support for perpetrators of mass shootings in
New Zealand and the United States. The attack is
therefore investigated as a possible terrorist act.
Four-party government formed
After lengthy negotiations, the coalition government
between Høyre, the Progress Party and the Venstre is
expanded with the Christian Democratic Christian
People's Party. In order to join the Christian Democrats
in the collaboration, the other parties agreed to change
abortion legislation so that so-called fetal reduction,
also called twin abortion, should no longer be allowed.
The new government controls a majority of the seats in
the parliament (88 out of 169 seats). Already this
autumn (see November 2018), the
Christian People's Party decided to work for a regular
collaboration with Erna Solberg's right-wing government.
With the formation of the government, the party leader
of the Christian People's Party, Knut Arild Hareide,
resigns, who advocated a collaboration with the Labor