Recipients of support for subsistence

The proportion of recipients of subsistence benefits. This includes recipients of disability benefits, work assessment benefits, unemployment benefits, transitional benefits for single parents and employment scheme beneficiaries.

It is possible to receive several kinds of benefits at the same time, but the individuals are counted only once.

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3. Relative to the country value (Norway = 100) = Ratio between the county's rate and the national rate for a given year. Examples; ratio = 130 means that the county's rate is 30% higher than the national level. A ratio of 87 means that the county's rate is 13% lower than the national level.
Rationale for indicator
Groups that are outside working life and school often have poorer mental health and more unhealthy living habits than those who are working. In the last ten years, the proportion who are on sick leave and disability benefit has been higher in Norway than in other OECD countries. Increased health problems in the population cannot explain this. The reasons for sick leave and disability pension are difficult to determine. Often they are complex, and conditions such as uncertain work situation, downsizing and lifestyle factors can affect sickness absence and the proportion applying for disability benefits. The majority of sick leave and long-term social security benefits are provided for musculoskeletal disorders and mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV)
Data on the recipients are registered by NAV locally and transferred to NAV centrally.
Data quality
Data are based on individual records in NAV and are in principle complete.
When numbers are missing
Statistics based on fewer than five cases are hidden for privacy reasons. The same applies if the population segment that cases are taken from is smaller than 10. In addition, statistics on a subgroup are hidden if those numbers, witht he numbers for the larger group, coul be used to infer a number which is hidden for privacy reasons.

If more than 20 per cent of the numbers in a time series are hidden for privacy reasons, the entire series is hidden to avoid creating a biased impression. Time series are also hidden where more than 50 per cent of the numbers in the time series are based on 6 or fewer cases.
Time periods
Geographical level
Norway, health regions and counties
Both genders, men and women
Age groups
20-66 years, 20-44 years, 20-29 years, 30-44 years and 45-66 years
Frequency of updates
Last updated

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