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National surveys show that the share of the total household spending allocated to cultural activities and goods is increasing.

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Norway/ 6. Financing of culture  

6.1 Short overview

Public authorities have played a crucial role in the financing of culture in Norway, with the state level and the municipality level being the most important. In the autumn of 2005, the government stated that one of its primary ambitions in the cultural field was to increase the amount of the national budget allocated to culture to 1 % within 2014. This has led to a considerable increase in government spending on culture over the last ten years.

Total public expenditure on culture in 2014 was NOK 22.8 billion (2.67 billion EUR). Of this, the central government allocated 10.5 billion NOK (1.26 billion EUR), county councils spent 1.3 billion NOK (160 million EUR) and municipalities spent 10.9 billion NOK (1.25 billion EUR). Over the last ten years, public expenditure on culture has increased both at local, regional and state level. 

National surveys prove that the share of the total household spending allocated to leisure as well as cultural activities and goods is decreasing; in 2012 it was 10% of total household expenditure.

Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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