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Basic Information


Year of approval of the
SD strategy and updates

The first National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSDS) was adopted by the Government in 2002 and implemented as a National Plan for Sustainable Development (SD) in 2004. A new NSDS was presented to the Norwegian Parliament as a chapter in the National Budget for 2008. The strategy was updated in 2011. In all subsequent National Budgets since 2007, the Government’s follow up of the NSDS has been reported in a separate chapter. All ministries and Statistics Norway contribute to the reporting.

Type of SD strategy

The NSDS covers both the economic, the environmental and the social dimension of SD. A set of SD indicators was developed in 2005, and has been developed since. The set, now consisting of 17 indicators, is is used to monitor the development. The ministries use the indicator set in their reports on sustainable development issues. Statistics Norway has a key role in the monitoring process through an annual report on developments in the indicators and an analysis of underlying factors behind changes.

Lead ministry/institution in
the SD strategy process

Ministry of Finance

Link to the SD strategy

Norway´s Strategy for Sustainable Development (2007)

The full list(s) of NSDS objectives as identified by a study commissioned by Eurostat can be downloaded here:

Further information about
the SD strategy process

Sustainable development homepage at the Norwegian Ministry of Finance

Work on an aggregated evaluation of the SD indictors.


This Country Profile has been last updated on: Friday, 21 December 2012

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