How’s life in the digital age in Norway?

Relative to other OECD countries, Norway performs well in benefiting from the opportunities of the digital transformation, but it is also exposed to some key risks. Norway is in the top tier of countries when it comes to ICT access and use and simultaneously displays very low inequality of uses of the Internet. In addition, people in Norway have a very high level of digital skills, while the digital skills gap belongs to the lowest in the OECD. Norwegians make prolific use of the various opportunities provided by the Internet in a number of dimensions. 84% of Norwegians make use of e-government services and 37% of Norwegians have engaged in teleworking - the third highest share in the OECD. Compared to other countries, there are few children reporting to have experienced cyberbullying. Nonetheless, the predominance of digital activities in Norway has also generated the highest level of e-waste per person in any OECD country, at 28.5 kg per inhabitant. As a result of the share of workers with computer-based jobs, Norwegians are particularly exposed to the risks of job stress and worries about work outside work time that are associated with working in the digital economy.

Figure 4.26. The digital well-being wheel in Norway

Note: This wheel depicts Norway’s relative performance in terms of key opportunities and risks in the context of the digital transformation. The centre of the wheel corresponds to the lowest outcome observed across all OECD countries, while the outer circle corresponds to the highest outcome. For opportunities (in dark blue) longer bars indicate better outcomes, whereas for risks (in yellow), longer bars indicate worse outcomes. If data are missing for any given indicator, the relevant segment of the circle is shaded in white.


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