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At least 300 top officials in the public sector earn more than Norway’s prime minister, new study shows

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According to a new study, no one has had such strong wage growth since the late 1990s as managers and leading officials in the state sector. At least 300 of them now earn more than the prime minister.

Jørgen Tveit Sandberg carried out the research as part of the master’s thesis he has submitted to the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo (UiO). 

Sandberg covered wage developments in Norway in the years 1997 to 2020.

Wage growth for managers in the public sector – i.e., the state and the municipalities – in these years amounted to 64%. This is significantly more than for other employees in the state and the municipalities. 

It is also significantly more than the salary increase for managers in the private sector, Sandberg discovered.

Manudeep Bhuller is a researcher at the Department of Economics at the University of Oslo (UiO) and was Sandberg’s supervisor during the work on his master’s thesis.

“I think what Sandberg found is sensational,” Bhuller told

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