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Financing SMEs and Entrepreneurs 2016

An OECD Scoreboard

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This report monitors SME and entrepreneur access to finance in 37 countries. It includes indicators of debt, equity, asset-based finance and framework conditions for SME and entrepreneurship finance, complemented by an overview of recent developments in public and private initiatives to support SME finance. Taken together, these indicators form a comprehensive framework for policy makers and other stakeholders to evaluate the financing needs of SMEs.

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Norway

There was a total of 435 093 enterprises in Norway in 2012, out of which 285 673 were non-employer firms. The bulk of the employer firms were SMEs, employing between 1 and 249 employees and accounting for 99.8% of total firms with employees. Of the firms with employees, 99.5% had less than 250 employees and of the enterprises with at least one employee, 81.3% were microenterprises. Lowering the threshold to 100 employees or more, only 1.3% of the firms with employees, constituting 1 952 firms, may be categorised as large enterprises. If the threshold is set at enterprises with not more than 49 employees, then 145 270 enterprises or 97% of all Norwegian enterprises with employees are SMEs.

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