Norway: physical activity policy snapshot

This snapshot presents strengths and weaknesses of national physical activity policy actions in Norway. Compare Norway with other European countries in our MOVING policy index.

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Norway implements policy actions in all 6 areas of the MOVING framework. Only 1 policy area received a good assessment, which was physical activity opportunities in the workplace and training (O). The remaining policy areas received a moderate or fair assessment.

Within policy areas, weaknesses were identified in physical activity in schools within and outside of school hours (M), walking and cycling infrastructure and active design guidelines outside of buildings (V), and road safety actions and public and active transport policies (I). Gaps were identified with a lack of policies for all ages and abilities (M), public information campaigns (N) and physical activity training in healthcare (G).

Although action was taken in all areas of the MOVING framework, much more needs to be done in increasing physical activity through public communication which builds behaviour change skills (N) and providing training within healthcare and outpatient settings (G), where a fair assessment was achieved. Although the active environments domains (V, I) scored moderately, many policy actions were of poor design. Therefore, action should be taken to improve these.

Download a full analysis and breakdown of Norway’s results (pdf, English)

This country snapshot presents detailed results of the MOVING policy index for Norway. Full index results are outlined in the MOVING policy brief (pdf), which compares Norway with other European countries and explains the methods for producing this snapshot and the index.

The index assesses if national government policy actions exist across all areas of the MOVING framework and, if so, how well designed they are. We produced this assessment by benchmarking policies from Norway, collected through a comprehensive scan. You can view all benchmarked policies in our MOVING database.

Overview of physical activity policy status in Norway

Norway MOVING overview

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