Double whammy from Covid-19 and oil shocks

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LOW RISK for enterprise

  • Economic risk

  • Business environment risk

  • Political risk

  • Commercial risk

  • Financing risk

  • Economic risk

  • Business environment risk

  • Political risk

  • Commercial risk

  • Financing risk

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GDP USD 362.01bn (World ranking 32, World Bank 2020)
Population 5.38mn (World ranking 118, World Bank 2020)
Form of state Constitutional Monarchy
Head of government Jonas GAHR STORE (Prime Minister)
Next elections September 2021, legislative
  • Full integration in the EU’s internal market and free travel zone. Member of the WTO and the OECD
  • Strong business environment supported by a wide political consensus
  • Second-highest per capita income in Europe after Luxembourg and fourth globally
  • Highly skilled and educated workforce
  • Profitable banking system and financial stability
  • Robust fiscal framework and ample support by the Government Pension Fund Global
  • Persistently low energy prices
  • Structurally weak growth in advanced economies
  • Brexit impact: the UK is the first export market for Norway
  • Low diversification of the economy
  • Very high household debt level (225%)
  • High corporate and personal tax rates
  • High unit labor costs

Trade structure by destination/origin

(% of total, 2020)

Exports Rank Imports
United Kingdom 17.4%
1
12.1% China
Germany 11.7%
2
11.5% Germany
Netherlands 9.9%
3
10.7% Sweden
Sweden 9.9%
4
6.8% United States
China 7.8%
5
5.4% United Kingdom

Trade structure by product

(% of total, 2020)

Exports Rank Imports
Petroleum, petroleum products and related materials 32.1%
1
11.3% Road vehicles
Gas, natural and manufactured 16.6%
2
5.8% Electrical machinery, apparatus and appliances, n.e.s.
Fish, crustaceans, molluscs and preparations thereof 13.1%
3
5.2% Other industrial machinery and parts
Non-ferrous metals 6.9%
4
4.6% Manufactures of metal, n.e.s.
Other industrial machinery and parts 2.2%
5
4.3% Miscellaneous manufactured articles, n.e.s.
The payment behavior of domestic companies is good, with payments made within 30 days on average, and domestic courts are fairly efficient in dealing with disputes in a timely manner.

  • Low

  • Medium

  • Sensitive

  • High

  • Payments

  • Court proceedings

  • Insolvency proceedings

  • Payments

  • Court proceedings

  • Insolvency proceedings

Having said this, negotiation and compromises are considered as a pre-requisite to legal action and obtaining effective support in this regard is important.

In the event of insolvency, recovering the debt becomes difficult as debt renegotiation schemes are not effective and the priority rules set forth in liquidation proceedings make it unlikely for unsecured creditors to receive any part of the proceeds.

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