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Family firms

Family firms and geography

How important are family firms in various regions of the country?

Norway has a varied geography, with both large cities and small communities. This variation allows us to examine the role of family firms in different types of locations.

We use the classification of Norwegian municipalities into 6 categories by Statistics Norway – where 1 indicates central regions (Oslo and surrounding area), and 6 stands for the most isolated municipalities (for instance Lærdal, Nordkapp or Utsira).

Family firms represent the vast majority of firms located outside the large cities, and they are similar in size to the typical nonfamily firms in those areas.