The share of disability benefits continues to increase

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In total, there were 364,005 disabled people at the end of 2019, which makes up 10.5 percent of the working-age population. Five years ago, the share was 9.7 per cent, and the share has mostly risen steadily in recent years.

In 2019 there were 34,665 new disability claimants in Norway, according to figures from Statistics Norway.

The risk of being disabled is closely correlated to the level of education. While only 4.3 per cent of those with higher education are disabled, 21.8 per cent of those with only primary education receive disability benefits.

Østfold has the highest proportion of people with disabilities, with 15.2 per cent of the population, while Oslo has the lowest, with 6.1 per cent.

Statistics also show that immigrants are disabled to a lesser extent than the population. Among immigrants from the EU / EEA countries and the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, 2.6 per cent are disabled. Among immigrants from Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and other European countries, 8.1 per cent are disabled. For the whole population, the proportion is 11.6 per cent.

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