In the first quarter of this year, a total of 359,900 people received disability benefits from the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration (NAV). That is 2,400 more than in the previous quarter.
In total, 10.5% of the population between the ages of 18 and 67 are now covered by disability benefits. That is an increase of 0.1% compared with the fourth quarter last year, figures from the NAV show.
“The percentage increases with age, and there are especially many women aged 55-64 who receive disability benefits,” NAV chief Hans Christian Holte noted.
Among women, the percentage at the end of March this year was 12.5%. That is the same percentage as in the previous quarter, but an increase of 0.1% compared with the same quarter last year, which makes the share historically high.
In comparison, 8.5% of men are on disability benefits. The difference between women and men increases particularly from 30 years and up.
The proportion receiving disability benefits calculated as a percentage of the population is highest in Agder (14.2%), Nordland (14.0%), and Innlandet (13.8%), and lowest in Oslo with 6.2%.
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