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Norwegians enjoy the outdoors

Target

3.1 Everyone will have the opportunity to take part in outdoor recreation as a healthy and environmentally sound leisure activity that provides a sense of well-being both in their local communities and further afield in the countryside.

Indicator

Proportion of the population who take part in outdoor recreation activities
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Are we moving in the right direction? Published by the Norwegian Environment Agency

A great many Norwegians take part in outdoor recreation activities, and the most popular activities are those that require little in the way of equipment and other resources. Between 2004 and 2014, the most popular activities were local walks and shorter hikes (lasting less than three hours).

The 2014 Survey of Living Conditions by Statistics Norway included questions about participation in outdoor recreation in Norway. Of the respondents (people aged 16 and over), 84 % said that they had been on local walks in the past year, and 86 % had been on shorter hikes in the forest or in the mountains.

Participation in outdoor activities varies with both education level and income, but least for activities such as walking and fishing that require little equipment or other resources. People with a higher education also have the highest level of activity in outdoor recreation. People who are in paid employment and students are generally more active than unemployed people (people report their economic status themselves for this survey).

There is less difference between social groups in participation in outdoor recreation than for other forms of physical activity, such as organised training. Differences between social groups are smallest for local walks.