A new SSB report estimates that family members and other volunteers care for the elderly constitutes 90,000 FTEs.
The report is compiled by Statistics Norway (SSB) on behalf of the Ministry of Health and discussed in the newspaper VG.
It shows that one in six Norwegians over 16 years old regularly provide unpaid care for sick, elderly or disabled persons.
People who regularly provide help to others, spend an average of five hours a week on unpaid care.
– The 90,000 FTEs in unpaid family care is in addition to the formal effort, says researcher Erling Holmøy, who has prepared the report.
It is in the age group 45-66 years that one finds the largest proportion who regularly perform unpaid care.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today