NEWS | 18 Aug 2016

25 years of cultural habits in Norway

Statistics Norway has published a report on cultural consumption in Norway, with the main purpose of presenting changes in the use of cultural activities from the early 1990s to the present.

The report Kulturvaner 1991-2015 [Culture Habits 1991-2015] provides an overview of the culture and media use surveys that Statistics Norway has conducted from 1991 to 2015, the main results of which are published as separate publications and in Statistic Norway’s statbank (see links below).

This publication emphasises the development in the use of cultural activities in Norway in the last 25 years. It also looks at how cultural use across different types of services and activities is linked.

Education and gender have an impact
While people with a higher education tend to use cultural facilities more than those with less education, the highest increase in use is seen among those with the lowest education. The report also shows that women use cultural facilities more than men do.

Online video popular among the young
Young people are eager viewers of film, TV and video clips online. Here, websites like YouTube are widely used. There has also been a significant increase in the use of social media in recent years.

Book reading still at a high level
Reading books during one’s leisure time remained at a high level during the period 1991-2015. People with a high education and women are the most avid book readers. In 1991, 28 per cent of women and 19 per cent of men read from a book on an average day; in 2015, the corresponding figures were 28 and 18 per cent. Printed books are more popular than their digital versions, while reading newspapers shows the opposite trend.

Read more and download the report (Summary in English)
Read more about the separate surveys:
The Norwegian Media Barometer
The Norwegian Cultural Barometer


Cultural activities in the Nordic region: Are you interested in statistics on cultural habits in the other Nordic countries? Here are some examples of further reading or databases: Culture 2015 by Statistics Denmark; Cultural habits by the Swedish Agency for Cultural Policy Analysis; Statistics Finland’s Cultural statistics table service; and Statistics Iceland’s online database (Culture, Media). The databases and reports are either in English or offer summaries in English.