Decrease in dwelling permits
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The statistics measure the developments in building activities for all types of buildings. In September 2016, building start permits were given on 3 200 dwellings.

Building statisticsSeptember 2016



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Decrease in dwelling permits

Seasonally-adjusted figures for building start permits show a 9 per cent decrease in dwelling permits from August to September. This follows a 12 per cent increase the month before.

Registered building permissions. Seasonally adjusted, trend and unadjusted. Preliminary figures
September 2016
Seasonally adjustedTrendUnadjusted
Percentage change from the previous monthPercentage change from the previous monthTotalThe last 12-months periodPercentage change from the last 12-months period
Dwellings-8.51.23 22835 08819.8
Utility floor space, 1000 m2
Dwellings-4.00.7409.34 425.213.5
Other buildings0.20.3493.45 667.39.9

Figures vary considerably from month to month. The long-term trend shows good growth in the number of building permits since October 2014.

No change in industry sector

Seasonally-adjusted figures show building start permits for “other than dwellings” for September are at the same level as the month before. The long-term trend shows an increase in utility floor space since April 2015.

20 per cent more dwelling permits in the last 12 months

A total of 35 100 new dwellings have been given building start permits in the last 12 months. This is an increase of 20 per cent compared with the previous 12-month period. 

Building start permits have been given for 5.7 million square metres of utility floor space for the category “other than dwellings” in the last 12 months. This is 10 per cent more than the previous 12-month period.

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Figures for buildings in the building statistics rely on dates for when permits are registered by the municipality in the data register (Matrikkelen). A building permit does not always mean that construction will be started at once. Especially in low conjunctures it might be that construction projects are not realised, or may be postponed after a building permit has been granted. When the building activity trend turns from a low to a high level, and vice versa, this could affect the interpretation of the statistics.

More details about comparability, quality and other information are available in About the statistics .

Rebuilding of existing building stockOpen and readClose

Building statistics do not cover dwellings due to rebuilding of existing building stock (i.e. new dwellings due to reconstruction of utility floor space from industry to dwellings).

When an old building is being demolished to the foundation wall, it is regarded as a new building. When the building framework is not demolished, it counts as rebuilding.

For more information, see About the statistics .