Culture sector in Norway could lose 17 billion kroner in 2021 if corona measures continue

History museum closedPhoto: Vidar Ruud / NTB
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The cultural sector in Norway believes that its turnover will be almost halved in 2021 if the infection control measures continue, a new report from the Cultural Council shows.

The loss could amount to NOK 17 billion.

“This hits the small and medium-sized companies the hardest. We know that very few people in the cultural sector have the capital to keep employees or to be without any turnover for a long time. 

“In the worst case, we will be left with a few large companies when the pandemic is over,” Cultural Council director Kristin Danielsen noted in a press release.

More support needed

The report, which Menon Economics and BI: CCI have prepared on behalf of the Cultural Council, is based on a survey among more than 4,000 actors in the Norwegian cultural sector. 

Danielsen believes the report shows that the government’s support measures for the cultural sector must both be continued and expanded.

“The cultural sector is among the sectors that have been hit hardest by the corona crisis, and we hope it will soon be possible to consider more targeted and nuanced measures,” she concluded.

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