Norwegians have become less satisfied with life during the pandemic, SSB survey shows

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One year after the pandemic broke out in Norway, almost one in three respondents in a Statistics Norway survey answered that they were unhappy with life. That is an increase from the previous year.

“The decline in life satisfaction from 2020 to 2021 indicates that the corona situation and various infection control measures may have had a negative effect on the quality of life in Norway over time,” SSB adviser Kristina Strand Støren stated.

In the new SSB Quality of Life Survey, 21% of the population answered that they had high satisfaction with life in 2021, while 28% answered that they had low satisfaction with life during the year.

When the survey was conducted in 2020, 26% answered that they were satisfied with life, while 22% answered that they were dissatisfied with life. In both 2020 and 2021, the surveys were conducted in March.


This year’s survey shows that the Norwegian population experienced that life is meaningful to a lesser extent. Furthermore, it experienced less rewarding relationships, less optimism for the future, and more negative emotions in 2021 compared to 2020.

SSB adviser Støren says that the difference from one year to the next is not very large for all the indicators, but that all the indicators are statistically significant.

“It is also not the case that everyone has become less satisfied during the pandemic, but the figures show a clear trend at the population level,” Støren noted.

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