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Norway/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.1 Amateur arts and folk culture

The culture sector in Norway is characterised by a wide range of NGOs, both in the amateur and professional sectors. Approximately 76% of all Norwegians hold a membership in one or several NGOs. However, this number includes all voluntary organisations. As shown in table 10, 11% of Norwegians were members of a band, choir or an amateur theatre ensemble in 2014.

The municipalities represent an important source of support for amateur arts and culture. In addition to this, The Ministry of Culture administers a support scheme called the Frifond. Several youth organisations receive public support from the Frifond and the scheme also supports young people with creative ideas who are not members of an organisation. The application process is relatively easy, and all groups of three or more people may apply.

In 2010 a new scheme for VAT-compensation was established. NGO receives support based on their expenditures. In total, more than one billion NOK was distributed to NGO in 2014 through this scheme.

Table 11:   Share of total population which holds a membership in one or several NGOs, 2011 and 2014

Membership in a NGO

2011

2014

Member of political party

8

7

Member of an enviromental or humanitarian organisation

17

16

Member of a concert / marching band, amateur choir, amateur theatre

13

11

Member of a religious association

..

8

Member of a non-religious life stance association

3

3

Member of a disability organisation, patient association

11

8

Member of sports clubs

27

25

Member of an outdoor organisation

15

15

Member of other associations or organisations

12

12

Source:     Statistics Norway – Levekårsundersøkelsen, 2014.


Chapter published: 20-03-2017

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