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External economy: Foreign assets and liabilities

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  • Higher earnings from abroad

    In 2017, Norwegian owners of direct investment abroad received considerably higher earnings compared to previous years. In total, Norwegian investors received NOK 73 billion in 2017, an increase of almost NOK 19 billion from 2016.

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  • Tailwind from strong global markets

    Norway's portfolio investments abroad amounted to NOK 10 235 billion at end-2017, an increase of 12 per cent from end-2016. Investments in Sweden and China stood out with a solid growth in 2017.

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  • Decline in turnover for Norwegian subsidiaries abroad

    In 2016, Norwegian enterprises had almost 4 400 foreign subsidiaries with a turnover of NOK 1 215 billion, a decrease of 5 per cent since 2015.

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  • Increase in inward and outward settlement flows

    Incoming bank settlement flows increased by NOK 99 billion from the third quarter of 2017 to the fourth quarter of 2017. Outgoing settlement also increased from the previous quarter; up by NOK 79 billion.

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  • Direct investment concentrated towards OECD countries

    Norwegian direct investment abroad shows in an increasing extent a concentration in some industrialized countries. As a result, in 2016 OECD-countries stood for 80 per cent of Norwegian direct investment abroad. This share has increased by just be...

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  • Net assets abroad decrease

    Norwegian net assets abroad ended at NOK 6 716 billion after the 3rd quarter of 2017. This was a decrease of NOK 193 billion compared to the 2nd quarter of 2017, and was the first quarter since the 3rd quarter of last year that resulted in a decre...

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  • Decrease in inward and outward settlement flows

    Incoming bank settlement flows was almost unchanged from the second quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2017. Outgoing settlement decreased from the previous quarter; slightly down by 16 billion¹.

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  • Decrease in liabilities abroad

    Norwegian liabilities abroad ended at NOK 6 886 billion after the 2nd quarter of 2017. This was a decrease of NOK 92 billion compared to the 1st quarter of 2017. Other investments largely contributed to this decrease.

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  • Decrease in inward settlement flows

    Incoming bank settlement flows decreased by NOK 10 billion from the first quarter of 2017 to the second quarter of 2017. Outgoing settlement were steady from the previous quarter with an increase of 3 billion.

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  • 10 years with solid growth

    Norway´s portfolio investments abroad amounted to NOK 9 136 billion at the end of 2016. In the last 10 years, the total portfolio investments have increased from NOK 2 721 billion. 

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  • Considerable increase in net assets

    Norwegian net assets abroad ended at NOK 6 825 billion after the 1st quarter of 2017. This was an increase of NOK 497 billion compared to the end of 2016. Especially assets saw a strong increase due to rising market prices that contributed conside...

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  • Decrease in settlement flows

    Both incoming and outgoing bank settlement flows decreased from the fourth quarter of 2016 to the first quarter of 2017.

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  • Export prices continues upward trend

    The prices of exported goods rose for the fourth quarter in a row in the 1st quarter 2017.

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  • Most Norwegian-controlled enterprises are in Europe

    In 2015, Norwegian companies controlled 4 513 enterprises abroad, across 124 countries. These enterprises had a turnover of NOK 1 280 billion and employed 280 275 persons. Compared to 2015, this was a 4.9 per cent increase in turnover. Seventy per...

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  • Increasing globalisation between western countries

    The Netherlands, Sweden and the United States are the largest recipients of Norwegian direct investments abroad. The largest stocks of direct investment in Norway were held by Sweden and the Netherlands, while the total amount of foreign direct in...

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