Increased turnover from coal mining
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Industry statistics for Svalbard2008



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Increased turnover from coal mining

Mining and quarrying had a turnover of NOK 3.4 billion in 2008; an increase of 71 per cent from 2007. The high coal price during large parts of 2008 contributed largely to this.

Total employees 2008

Turnover in accommodation and food service activities, Svalbard 2008

Historical good year

Industries located in Svalbard had a turnover of NOK 5.5 billion in 2008. Mining and quarrying is the most dominant industry. Production for Store Norske Spitsbergen Kullkompani was reduced by 15.7 per cent in 2008. However, the total turnover increased by 71 per cent. This was due to the high coal price in 2008.

The construction industry had a turnover of NOK 465 million, which is 8.5 per cent of the total turnover for Svalbard.

Public subsidies

Public subsidies to industries in Svalbard totalled NOK 451 million. Most of the public subsidies were received by the public administration, defence and the mandatory social security industry.

Most man-labour years within mining and quarrying

The total number of man-labour years in Svalbard in 2008 was 1 609. Mining and quarrying had 27.4 per cent of the total man-labour years. Accommodation and food service activities’ man-labour years were 12.2 per cent of the total, while the construction industry comprised 11.4 per cent.

There were 1 318 full-time employees in Svalbard in 2008; 71 per cent of these were men. Part-time employees totalled 211; 64 per cent of these were women.

Svalbard had 597 seasonal employees in 2008, which is 28 per cent of the total workforce.


The investments in Svalbard in 2008 amounted to NOK 317 million. Mining and quarrying was the industry with the largest investments.

Many man-labour years in the accommodation and food service activities

Accommodation and food service activities employed 196 man-labour years and had a turnover of NOK 210 million, which is 3.8 per cent of the total turnover for Svalbard. The largest share of the turnover was generated from sales to tourists, which accounts for 41 per cent of the total in this industry.

Business statistics for Svalbard include the Norwegian settlement in Longyearbyen, Svea and Ny-Ålesund. The Russian settlement is not included.

The industries are classified according to the Standard Industrial Classification (SIC2007), which is based on the EU’s industrial standard NACE Rev. 2 and the UN’s industrial standard ISIC Rev.3.

Public subsidies comprise allocations received from the government, the local government on Longyearbyen, Svalbard Samfunnsdrift and other public bodies (e.g. Innovation Norway) for operations and investments.

Statistics Norway is responsible for the data collection for industry statistics for Svalbard from the reference year 2008 onwards. The industry statistics serve as an instrument to monitor the development at Svalbard, both for the government and for the local population. In order to be able to compare the industry statistics for Svalbard with the structural business statistics for mainland Norway, the data collection in Svalbard has been carried out using the same principles as for the structural business statistics for mainland Norway.