Family firms

Family firms and geography

How important are family firms in various regions of Norway?

Norway has a varied geography ranging from large cities to small communities. The importance of family firms in local business life differs across locations. 

Generally, family firms are relatively more important outside the largest cities, where they constitute the vast majority of firms. 

The graphs below classify municipalities into six categories as defined by  Statistics Norway (SSB),  where 1 indicates central regions (Oslo and surrounding area), and 6 indicates the most isolated municipalities (for instance Lærdal, Nordkapp or Utsira).