Has somebody to confide in, 16-79 years (C)


Proportion of respondents who has somebody to confide in.

A question about friendship is included in Statistics Norway's survey of level of living, health conditions. This question was revised in 2005 and may influence comparability of results over time.

In 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2015, the question was worded:
- Do you have anyone that is close to you, that you can talk intimately in?

In 2002 the question was worded:
- Apart from members of your own family, do you have anyone that is close to you, that you can talk intimately with?
- Respondents who answered no were then asked "Do you have anyone in your family that you can talk intimately with?"
- Respondents who answered no to both of these questions were regarded as lacking an intimate friend.

Full Title

Has somebody to confide in, 16-79 years (C)

Identification Number



Name Affiliation Abbreviation Role
Statistics Norway SSB

Date of Production


Contact Person

Name Affiliation E-mail address Universal Resource Identifier
Øyvind Hesselberg

Date of Distribution



Date: 2018-01-11

Type: Endelig


The method used for age- and gender standardisation is indirect standardisation using a fixed population reference. The reference is the sum of men and women in 5-year age groups in 2015.


Geographical level

Country, health region and counties (only 2015)


Both genders

Age groups

16-79 years

Time periods

2002, 2005, 2008, 2012 and 2015

Kind of Data

Statistics based on fewer than 3 cases is hidden to protect the identity of the respondents. Figures are also hidden when the population group in which the cases originate, is smaller than 100 persons.
If more than 20 per cent of the cases in a time series are hidden due to the abovementioned reasons, the complete time series is hidden to avoid giving a skewed impression.

Frequency of updates

Every 3-4 years


Data is collected every 3-4 years from Statistics Norway's survey of level of living. A nationally representative sample of 10 000 individuals is drawn, with around 7 000 completing the survey via a personal or telephone interview. Survey participants are required to assess their own health, illness, disability, living habits and utility of health services. People living in institutions are not included. Each survey provides an indication of the population's health at a given point in time (cross-sectional survey). Repition of the survey provides an indication of developments in health over time. Nationally representative data.


helse, selvrapportert, god helse, dårlig helse, uhelse, vanhelse, sunnhet, usunnhet, frisk, syk, sykdom

Data quality

The health survey is a stable and regular source of data about different aspects of the population's health. In recent years, the survey has had a stable participation rate of around 70%, which is good compared with other health surveys in Norway. These deviations, however, are usually small and do not have a significant effect on the results.


God sosial støtte innebærer at en får kjærlighet og omsorg, blir aktet og verdsatt, og at en tilhører et sosialt nettverk og et fellesskap med gjensidige forpliktelser. Det motsatte av god sosial støtte er ensomhet. Manglende sosial støtte øker faren for både fysiske og psykiske lidelser. Sosial støtte påvirker risikoen for både hjerte- og karsykdommer, infeksjonssykdommer og depresjon.

Arbeid for å øke sosial støtte kan rettes mot dårlig fungerende nærmiljø, for eksempel i form av tiltak som utvikler og styrker sosial integrering. Også individuelle tiltak som tar sikte på å bedre en persons evne til sosial kontakt med andre mennesker (”social skills training”), kan styrke opplevelsen av sosial støtte og dermed virke helsefremmende.

Related Materials

Social support - fact sheet (in Norwegian only)

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