Many owners 67 years old and over

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As per 31 December 2015, as many as 51 400 owners of agricultural and forestry properties were 67 years old and over. A total of 172 000 properties were owned by natural persons and 13 000 were owned by legal persons.

In 2015, a total of 185 000 agricultural and forestry properties were registered. Of these, 172 000 were owned by natural persons. A total of 17 100 properties were owned by a person under 40 years old, 103 600 were owned by a person between 40 to 66 years old and 51 400 were owned by a person 67 years old and over. The average age of the owners was 58 years.

One in five properties had more than one owner
Most agricultural properties have one owner. Of the 28 600 properties with two owners, two out of three were owned by spouses. A total of 8 800 properties had three or more owners, with an average of 4.8 owners.

Fewer residents on agricultural properties
A total of 390 000 people resided on agricultural and forestry properties in 2015, which is 12 000 fewer than the year before. From 2006 to 2015, the number of residents decreased by 57 000. A total of 148 600 agricultural and forestry properties had a dwelling in 2015. One in five properties with dwellings were uninhabited.

Only 4 per cent agricultural land
The total area of agricultural and forestry properties amounted to 249 million decares in 2015, with an average of 1 350 decares. Agricultural land accounted for 4 per cent and productive forest land 28 per cent. Other area types comprise forest land, wetland, bare rock, open firm ground, inland water, roads etc. One in three properties covered less than 100 decares.

One in five buildings built before1900
A total of nearly 1 million buildings are situated on agricultural and forestry properties. In total, 214 000 of these buildings were built before 1900 and are registered in the national register of old and protected buildings (SEFRAK). Almost 60 per cent of the buildings in this register are situated on agricultural and forestry properties.

 

Source: SSB / Norway Today

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