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The region battled continuing recession or, at best, slow growth, a tightening regulatory environment and country-specific banking taxes or fines for past misdemeanors.

 
 
Source
Central bank

Central Bank of Norway

International Reserves

US$ 49.397 billion (Source: IMF; Data updated: 2012)

Source
Gross Domestic Product - GDP

US$ 501.582 billion (2011 estimate)

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity)

274.177 billion of International dollars (2011 estimate)

Real GDP growth
2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
2% 1.5% 1% 3.9% 2.7% 2.3% 2.7% 0%
2009 2010 2011 2012*        
-1.7% 0.7% 1.7% 1.8%        

*Estimate

GDP per capita - current prices

US$ 99,665 (2011 estimate)

GDP per capita - PPP

$54,479 International Dollars (2011 estimate)

GDP (PPP) - share of world total
1980 1990 2000 2010 2015**
0.45% 0.43% 0.42% 0.34% 0.31%

**Forecast

 
 
Source
GDP - composition by sector

(Data released on February 2012)

  • agriculture: 2.7% 
  • industry: 38.3% 
  • services: 59% (2011 estimate)
Gross domestic expenditure on R&D; (% of GDP)

1.69% (2010)

(Data released on March 2012)

Inflation
2009 2010 2011 2012*
2.2%(2008) 2.4% 1.3% 1.5%

*Estimate

Unemployment rate
2009 2010 2011 2012*
3.2% 3.6% 3.3%(2009) 3.6%

*Estimate

Household saving rates

8.5% (Net saving; 2012 forecast)

(Data released on December 2011)

Public debt (General government gross debt as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012*
54.3% 48.9% 49.6% 49.6% 49.6%

*Estimate

Public deficit (General government net lending/borrowing as a % of GDP)
2008 2009 2010 2011* 2012**
18.8% 10.6% 10.5% 13.1% 14.2%

*Estimate    **Forecast

Government bond ratings

Standard & Poor's: AAA

Moody's rating: Aaa

Moody's outlook: STA

(Foreign Currency Government Bond Ratings; Data last updated Dec 2011 and Nov 2012)

Market value of publicly traded shares
2009 2010 2011
US$227.2 billion US$250.9 billion US$219.2 billion
Largest companies in Norway

Norsk Hydro (Aluminum), Orkla (Conglomerates), Aker Solutions (Construction Service), Storebrand (Diversified Insurance), Gjensidige Forsikring (Diversified Insurance), Statoil (Oil & Gas Operations), DNB (Regional Banks), Yara International (Specialized Chemicals), Telenor (Telecommunications Services) (2012)

 
 
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Current account balance

US$ 74.3 billion (2011 estimate)(After 2008)

Current account balance by percentage of GDP

14.8% of GDP (2011 estimate)(2009)

Exports as percent of GDP(Exports of goods and services)

41.1% (2010)

(Data released on April 2012)

Shares in world total merchandising export

0.87%(2007)

(Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Shares in world total commercial services export

1% (2011)(2007)

(Data were released in 2012)

Total exports

US$162.7 billion (2012 estimate) 

Export commodities

petroleum and petroleum products, machinery and equipment, metals, chemicals, ships, fish

Total imports

US$86.78 billion (2012 estimate) 

 
 
Source
Import commodities

machinery and equipment, chemicals, metals, foodstuffs

Exports - major partners

UK 27.2%, Netherlands 11.6%, Germany 11.1%, France 7.2%, Sweden 6.5%, US 5.6% (2011)

Imports - major partners

Sweden 13.4%, Germany 12%, China 9%, Denmark 6.3%, UK 5.6%, US 5.4%, Netherlands 4.2% (2011)

FDI inflows
2009 2010 2011
US$13,403 million US$17,519 million(2009) US$3,569 million(2009)
FDI outflows
2009 2010 2011  
US$34,400 million US$23,086 million US$19,999 million  
Value of cross-border M&A;, by country of purchaser
2008 2009 2010 2011
US$6,102 million US$611 million(2009) US$-3,940 million(2009) US$1,415 million
Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2010(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

N/A

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Cross-border M&A; deals worth over $3 billion completed in 2011(Acquiring company, Acquired company, Country of the acquired company, Value of the deal)

Norsk Hydro ASA, Vale SA, Brazil, $4.9 billion(2008 estimate)

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Best countries for doing business World Bank/IFC Doing Business Project (Economies are ranked on their ease of doing business, from 1 - 185. A high ranking means the regulatory environment is more conducive to the starting and operation of a local firm.)

Overall ranking: 6 out of 185 countries(2009) (2013)

Subcategories:

Starting a business: 43 out of 185 countries(2009)

Enforcing Contracts: 4 out of 185 countries

Registering Property: 7 out of 185 countries

Getting credit: 70 out of 185 countries

Protecting investors: 25 out of 185 countries

Trading across border: 21 out of 185 countries

Paying Taxes: 19 out of 185 countries

Dealing with Construction Permits: 23 out of 185 countries

Getting Electricity: 14 out of 185 countries

Resolving Insolvency: 3 out of 185 countries

(2013)

Global competitiveness ranking(ranking by country on a basis of 144, the first is the best)

15

(2012)

 

 

Index of Economic FreedomWSJ and Heritage Foundation

Ranking: 40 Score: 68.8 (Moderately Free) (2009)

(100=totally free 0=totally repressed )

 
 
Source
Total area

323,802 km2 (2006)

Currency

Norwegian kroner (NOK) (2009)

Government type

constitutional monarchy (2009)

Languages

Bokmal Norwegian (official), Nynorsk Norwegian (official), small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities; note - Sami is official in six municipalities

Religions

Church of Norway 85.7%, Pentecostal 1%, Roman Catholic 1%, other Christian 2.4%, Muslim 1.8%, other 8.1% (2004)

Total population
1980 1990 2000 2012* 2017**
4.09 million 4.25 million 4.5 million 5.03 million 5.32 million

*Estimate    **Forecast

 
 
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Urban population as % of total population
1960 1980 2000 2011
49.9% 70.5% 76.1% 79.4%
Population median age

39 years (2010)

Population growth rate

1.3% (2011)

Life expectancy

81 years (2010)

% of population living on less than $2 a day

N/A

Inequality of wealth distribution (Gini index)

25.79 (2000)

(Data were released in 2011, 0=perfect equality, 100=absolute inequality)

Freedom House rating

Political Rights:1
Civil Liberties:1 (2011)

(1 represents the most free, 7 the least free)

Source
Total telephone subscribers as % of population

159.46% (2011)

(sum of fixed telephone lines and mobile cellular subscribers)

Internet users as % of total population

93.97% (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2011)

Cost of living - Mercer index(ranking by city on a basis of 214; the 1st is the most expensive and the 214th is the least expensive)

Oslo: 15th (2011)

Source
CO2 emissions(Metric tons of CO2 per capita)

9.7387 (Data were released in 2012 and refer to 2009)

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