Many Norwegians are having difficulties paying smaller bills

Electricity bill and consumptionElectricity bill and consumption.Photo: Audun Braastad / NTB

The number of debt collection cases in Norway is increasing for smaller bills such as goods, electricity, and telephone costs.

In total, 7% more debt collection cases were issued in November compared with the same period of last year, according to the debt collection company Lindorff.

The number of debt collection cases has increased for the first time since June.

“We see a mixed picture of the development of debt collection. The creditors’ restraint has led to a decline in debt collection cases for many months, contrary to what normally happens in a financial downturn,” debt economist Morten Trasti noted.

A return to normal?

He believes the increase can now be a sign that creditors are gradually returning to normal behavior and collecting on due bills.

For other types of debt collection claims, such as mortgages and claims from the public sector, the figures fell for the sixth month in a row.

The decrease is probably due to the use of installment deferrals, and that the public sector has been reluctant to send debt collection claims.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today


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