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Norway/ 4.2 Specific policy issues and recent debates  

4.2.11 New technologies and digitalisation in the arts and culture

The use of digital media is relatively high among Norwegians and high-speed internet connections are available all around the country. In 2015, 96% of all Norwegians had access to the Internet at home and 70% of all Norwegians had access to a tablet (2014).

Since 2010, there has been a large increase in streaming of music. In addition to Spotify, a Norwegian streaming service called Tidal (former Wimp), has been released. According to Statistics Norway, more than 68% of the population listened to music through a streaming service on an average day in 2015, while only 22 % listened to a CD. The numbers of subscribers to video streaming services such as Netflix has increased dramatically.

Policy strategies to promote the implementation of new technologies in the field of art range from the general policies of utilising the potential of information technologies in public administration to specific support schemes for artistic work.

In several fields of cultural policy, support schemes are now being evaluated and restructured aiming to adopt new technologies. This includes both support for music, film, literature and media. The overall aim of new support schemes is to make them independent of format.

One such development is the inclusion of e-books in the purchasing scheme for literature. There is also an ongoing debate on whether e-books shall benefit from an exemption from VAT. Both in museums and archives there have been several large projects on digitalization. The (Norwegian) Digital Archives[1]and Digital Museum[2] are examples of such projects.



Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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