New survey: Almost 80% of Norwegians went hiking this year

HikingSee how the Norwegian lifestyle ranked in this expat survey. Photo: Darya Tryfanava / Unsplash
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Eight out of ten Norwegians have been on a shorter hike in the mountains or the forest in the past year. However, fewer and fewer went into nature to pick mushrooms and berries.

A recent overview from Statistics Norway (SSB) of Norwegians’ participation in various leisure activities indicates that outdoor activities close to nature are very popular.

As many as 79% of those surveyed answered that they have been on a shorter hike in the forest or the mountains, a number that has remained stable for the past seven years. 

Longer hikes in the mountains and the forest increased slightly in popularity, from 52% in 2014 to 55% in 2020.

Shorter walks

The proportion of those who have been on a shorter walk has fallen somewhat, from 85% in 2014 to 77% in 2020.

Previous years’ surveys have shown that Norwegians are fairly conscious people and that 80% of those surveyed exercise at least once a week. 

The proportion of those who have been on a berry or mushroom picking trip has decreased, from 34 to 29%. 

The same holds true for fishing trips – only 37% of those surveyed went fishing last year, compared to 43% in 2014.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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